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Woodward, Sheila S.

200 West Third StreetYankton, SD 57078-4323
Phones: 605-665-5009
Fax: 605-665-4788
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Sheila handles the firm’s estate planning, trusts, and probate practice. She also assists small businesses with start-up and post start-up issues, including the formation of corporations, limited liability partnerships, and limited liability companies. Sheila works with farmers and other land owners on real estate matters and assists with the firm’s litigation matters. Sheila manages the firm’s appellate practice and has argued before the South Dakota Supreme Court and...

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Sheila handles the firm’s estate planning, trusts, and probate practice. She also assists small businesses with start-up and post start-up issues, including the formation of corporations, limited liability partnerships, and limited liability companies. Sheila works with farmers and other land owners on real estate matters and assists with the firm’s litigation matters. Sheila manages the firm’s appellate practice and has argued before the South Dakota Supreme Court and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on numerous occasions.

After graduating from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1992, Sheila attended the University of Iowa College of Law, graduating with highest distinction in 1995. Sheila clerked for the Honorable Thomas M. Shanahan in the federal district court in Omaha, Nebraska for two years before joining the firm in 1997. She became a partner in 2002.

Sheila and her husband Chris Sonne live in Yankton.  Like her counterparts in the firm, Sheila is actively involved in the community, currently serving as Board Chair for both the Heartland Humane Society and Yankton Area Foundation.  She also is a director for The Center and serves on the South Dakota Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission.  Previously, Sheila served on the boards for Big Friend/Little Friend, Yankton Women's/Children's Center, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota Foundation, Yankton Area Arts Association, and Trinity Lutheran Church.

In her spare time, Sheila enjoys coaching basketball for the Yankton Special Olympics, cooking, traveling, and cajoling her dogs to walk nicely on a leash. Sheila is the firm’s best fantasy football player, Steve Huff’s claims to the contrary notwithstanding.

 

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Current Employment Position(s)
Partner
Practice Areas
BusinessReal Estate TransactionsCommercial LitigationEstate PlanningProbateAppeals
Qualifications
Bar Admissions
IowaSouth DakotaNebraskaU.S. Court of Appeals 8th CircuitU.S. Supreme CourtU.S. District Court District of NebraskaU.S. District Court District of South Dakota
Other Affiliations
American Bar Association (Member) Big Friend Little Friend, Inc.Yankton Women's and Children's CenterTrinity Lutheran ChurchYankton Area Arts AssociationLutheran Social Services of South DakotaLutheran Social Services Foundation
Education
University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa, 1995
J.D.
Honors: With Highest Distinction
Augustana College, South Dakota, 1992
B.A.
Honors: summa cum laude
Major: Economics and Government
Fees
Offers Free Initial ConsultationAccepts Credit Cards
Office Information
Address
200 West Third StreetYankton, SD 57078-4323
Phone
605-665-5009
Fax
605-665-4788
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