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Scott James

Scott James

Southern Hills Law PLLC- Scott is an experienced criminal and civil litigator
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Business Law ...
  • South Dakota
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Scott is the founder of Southern Hills Law PLLC in Custer, South Dakota. After graduating in the top third of his class at KU law, Scott practiced civil litigation and advice at the law firm of Riling, Burkhead and Nitcher, Chtd in Lawrence, Kansas from 2006-2008. He worked as an Assistant County Attorney in Dodge City Kansas from 2008-2016 handling all types of cases, including homicide, violent crime, property crime, traffic, and other cases. Mr. James was an integral part of the 2011 Dodge City RICO indictment of the Norteno Street Gang in Dodge city. Scott had the privilege of serving as Kiowa County Attorney from 2013 through 2018. As Kiowa County Attorney, Scott represented the County in all matters, civil and criminal. Scott then served as the attorney general for the Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge SD. Scott now lives in Hermosa, SD, with his wife and son and when not practicing law, enjoys the wonders of the outdoors the Black Hills of South Dakota have to offer.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Family Law
Estate Planning
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
  • Free Consultation
    Free Initial Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingency Fees on allowed types of cases (personal injury, civil)
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
South Dakota
State Bar of South Dakota
ID Number: 4795
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner and Managing Attorney
Southern Hills Law PLLC
- Current
Scott has opened a new practice in Custer SD focusing on local criminal and civil representation.
Attorney General
Oglala Sioux Tribe
Served as the Attorney General for the Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, SD. This job entailed a wide range of responsibilities, including managing a staff of tribal prosecutors and consulting with the tribal council on pending legal matters.
Owner and Managing Attorney
James Law Firm LLC
County Attorney
Kiowa County Attorney
Scott was the Kiowa County Attorney in Greensburg, KS and handled all matters for the county, criminal and civil. He was published for an open records case against the county hospital, prevailing in that claim.
Assistant County Attorney
Ford County Attorney's Office
Associate Attorney
Riling, Burkhead, and Nitcher, Chtd
University of Kansas School of Law
J.D. (2003) | Law
Honors: Top 1/3 of class
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Guardian of Justice
United States Attorney's Office
Professional Associations
State Bar of Kansas  # 22246
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Southern Hills Law PLLC
Legal Answers
1 Questions Answered
Q. Will walmart call cops on my child for stealing with only camera footage, never caught in store
A: Ultimately, this is up to Wal Mart if they are going to make a report with the local police concerning the theft allegations. In South Dakota, you have up to 7 years to file a criminal case on a misdemeanor or felony charge. It sounds like if he comes back to the Wal Mart or has additional issues there, they could always come back and then file the report with the local police.
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Contact & Map
Southern Hills Law PLLC
40 N 5th St
Suite B
Custer, SD 57730
Telephone: (605) 673-2503
Fax: (605) 349-2996
Monday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: break for lunch 12-1