Matthew J. Abel

Matthew J. Abel

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Matthew practices primarily in the areas of Trust and Estate litigation and Business litigation. In collaboration with his other colleagues, Matthew excels at advising Estate and Business planning clients on the litigation consequences of how a particular document is drafted.

Prior to joining the Firm, Matthew spent over three years prosecuting a wide variety of cases for the Minnehaha County State’s Attorney’s Office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While there, Matthew gained valuable jury trial and appellate experience, which he brings to bear in his current litigation practice.

Before beginning his practice at the State’s Attorney’s Office, Matthew spent a year as a judicial law clerk for the judges of South Dakota’s First Judicial Circuit, where he gained valuable experience collaborating with judges on a daily basis.

Matthew is active in the local and state bar as a member of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association and a volunteer with the Sioux Empire Teen Court Association; Matthew also is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

In his free time, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family and friends, as well as, playing guitar in two local bands and golfing.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Business Transactions

Bar Admissions

  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota


  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota
    • Juris Doctor - 2012
    • Honors: Sterling Honors
  • Augustana College
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts cum laude - 2009
  • University of South Dakota
    • M.A. - 2012
    • Major: Master of Public Administration

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of the University of South Dakota School of Law Advocacy Award

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