We continue to be committed to providing our clients with professional, practical and cost-effective service in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. Our attorneys provide courtroom representation for personal injury, insurance defense, and criminal and civil litigation to clients in both state and federal courts. In addition to the litigation practice, our attorneys have expertise in several other practice areas including health law, business planning, real estate, commercial law, divorce, probate and estate planning. Firm members also offer mediation services to clients.
Offering clients professional, yet practical legal advice at fair affordable rates is what you will find in this friendly, ethical and professional environment. Our attorneys have long recognized their client’s desire to have their concerns dealt with promptly and with the required expertise. Our attorneys are committed to the community and participate in a variety of local service organizations. Members have served on numerous committees with the South Dakota Bar Association, Young Lawyers, South Dakota Defense Attorneys, South Dakota Trial Attorneys and the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates.
CRAIG A. KENNEDY
STEVE L. PIER
DAVID D. KNOFF
KEVIN J. LOFTUS
CRAIG KENNEDY was born in Huron, South Dakota, on September 28, 1951. He received both his undergraduate and legal education at the University of South Dakota, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in 1973 and a Juris Doctor in 1976. He was admitted to the Bar in 1976 and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Following law school, Mr. Kennedy served as law clerk for United States District Court Chief Judge Fred Nichol. He has practiced law in Yankton since 1977 and served as Yankton County States Attorney from 1985-1993.
Mr. Kennedy is currently a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (President of South Dakota Chapter), Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, and American Health Lawyers Association. He is also active with the South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association (President 2008) and the State Bar of South Dakota (Board of Bar Commissioners 1979-1981; President, Young Lawyers Section 1982-1983; USD Law School Foundation (President 1988-1989, Secretary 2008-2009); and Judicial-Bar Liaison Committee (2002-present). He has been a Special Assistant Attorney General for South Dakota since 1995.
STEVE PIER was born in Huron, South Dakota. He received his undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University in 1975. Mr. Pier received his Juris Doctor in 1981 from the University of South Dakota. He is a member of the State Bar of South Dakota, The South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association and the Nebraska State Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for South Dakota and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Following law school, Mr. Pier commenced practicing law in Yankton. He served as Yankton County Deputy State Attorney from 1985-1990. He has been the attorney for the City of Hartington, Nebraska since 2006.
I have been with the same law firm in Yankton since my graduation from law school in 1997. Like many community lawyers, I have had the opportunity to practice in many different areas. I have worked with everything from small businesses just getting started to personal injury litigation. Over the last several years I have concentrated on estate planning, probate and real estate matters. I have a particular interest in farming operations and enjoy working with farm families. I perform mediation in an attempt to resolve disputes before they get out of control—both financially and emotionally. I am also a licensed real estate broker and a trained auctioneer. I enjoy learning new skills which I find only enhance my legal practice.
I am a licensed attorney in both South Dakota and Nebraska. I am admitted to both state and federal court in both states, as well as the United States Supreme Court.
No stranger to community involvement, I have been the Mayor of Yankton (2010-2012) and am currently on the City Commission. I am on numerous committees within Yankton and have present and prior involvement in the Yankton County Bar Association and the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. I was born in Marshall, Minnesota in 1971. I grew up in Willmar, Minnesota, graduating from High School there in 1989. I graduated from South Dakota State University in 1994 with an undergraduate degree in economics and a love of jackrabbits. I received my law degree in 1997 from the University of South Dakota.
KEVIN LOFTUS was born in Sioux City, Iowa. He received his undergraduate degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Mr. Loftus worked in and supervised clinical laboratory services in South Dakota and New York for 14 years before returning to school to seek his Juris Doctor in 2001 from the University of South Dakota. He has been a member of the South Dakota Bar Association since 2006 and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota. Mr. Loftus is also a member of the Bar Association of Nebraska and Iowa since 2006 and a member of the South Dakota Defense Lawyers Assocation.
Following law school, Mr. Loftus served as law clerk for the First Judicial District of South Dakota.
Members of the firm represent clients with a wide variety of concerns in the states of South Dakota and Nebraska. The firm of Kennedy, Pier & Knoff represents both plaintiffs and defendants in criminal and civil litigation in both federal and state courts. The firm handles matters in the following fields of law: business and commercial, estate planning and probate, divorce and family, real estate, criminal and personal injury. Members in the firm also address health care and elder law issues as well as matters needing alternative disputes resolution techniques.