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Lee Schoenbeck - (Attorney)

Lee Schoenbeck is a Civil Trial Specialist Lee Schoenbeck - (Attorney)Lee is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Only about 25 attorneys in South Dakota have achieved this designation. To be certified in this specialty, the attorney must meet rigorous requirements for jury trial experience, pass a written exam, and pass a peer review, which is done by confidential references from other attorneys and from judges within the state.

Lee grew up in Webster, South Dakota. He practices primarily in the areas of personal injury litigation, insurance litigation, commercial litigation, estate planning litigation, and professional negligence. In May of 2012, in an insurance company bad faith case, Lee obtained a $2.4 million verdict against Nationwide Insurance from a Day County jury. In 1997, in an insurance fraud case, Lee obtained a verdict of $559,507.20 from a Roberts County, South Dakota jury. In 1998, in an underinsurance suit, Lee obtained a verdict of $600,000 from a Marshall Country jury. All three verdicts were the largest in the history of each county.

Lee is a 1980 Augustana College graduate and a 1984 graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law. He was the States Attorney for Day County from 1985-1989. In 1995, Lee was elected to a two-year term in the State Senate representing three and one-half counties in northeast South Dakota. Lee also served in the South Dakota State Senate from 2003 through 2006, serving as a leader of the State Senate the last two years.In 2014 Lee was elected to the House of Representatives.

Lee is licensed to practice law in the State of South Dakota, the Federal District Court for the District of South Dakota, and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Court. He is a member of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association (SDTLA) and the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

Lee is active in the Catholic Church and on the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota. He also is involved with many outdoors and conservation groups, and is an avid pheasant hunter.

Lee is a regular guest lecturer for the Insurance Law class at the University of South Dakota School of Law. His lectures focus on the intricacies of insurance litigation, and how to prepare and handle those cases.

Donna Schoenbeck - (Office Manager)

Donna Schoenbeck - (Office Manager)Donna started at Schoenbeck Law, PC in December of 2006 as the office manager and part-time receptionist.

Originally from Watertown, she is a graduate of Northern State University, and is active in many community activities.

Karen J. Armstrong - (Paralegal)

Karen J. Armstrong - (Paralegal)After graduating from Webster High School and the legal secretarial program at Watertown Business University, Karen moved to Minneapolis. For the next two decades, she worked at three downtown law firms: Ogurak Law Office; Hvass, Weisman & King, Chartered; and Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, P.A. These firms primarily practiced in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death.

After her father passed away in 1995, Karen moved back to Webster in 1996 to be near her mother. She worked at Schoenbeck Law, PC from 1996 to 2004 as a legal secretary. In 2004, Karen moved to Belle Fourche, South Dakota, and worked at the Barker Wilson Law Firm. While there, she obtained her Professional Legal Secretary and Professional Paralegal certifications from NALS, Inc. (The Association for Legal Professionals). In 2007, Karen moved back to the Webster area and worked at Consolidated Power Producers, Inc., and Dakotacare before returning to Schoenbeck Law, PC in 2010.

Karen is married and has one daughter, one stepdaughter, one stepson, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, quilting, gardening, and reading.

Jennifer X. Frederick, CP - (Paralegal)

Jennifer X. Frederick - (Paralegal)Jen graduated from SDSU in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. She joined Spears Law Office, PC, as a legal secretary in 2002, and took on the duties of a paralegal in 2007. Jen went on to earn the "Certified Paralegal" designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants in 2008.

In 2011, Jen was an inaugural member of the South Dakota Paralegal Association's 360° Leadership Academy. She has remained active in SDPA, recently elected to 2nd Vice-President and currently serving as co-chair on the Newsletter Committee. Jen was awarded by her peers with the 2011/2012 SDPA Outstanding Member of the Year.

Jen and her husband, Mark, enjoy spending time with her step-daughter and grandson. Jen enjoys reading, RVing, and rooting for the Vikings.


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