John Quaintance

Senior Lawyer
John Quaintance


University of South Dakota School of Law J.D.
University of Virginia School of Law
University of South Dakota B.A.
South Dakota 1972
US District Court District of South Dakota 1972
US Court of Appeals 8th Circuit 1978
US Supreme Court 1978

Areas of Practice

Business Entities
Mergers and Acquisitions
Real Estate
Commercial and Transactional Law
Creditor’s Rights

Contact Info

With the rising business fortunes of contemporaries and intense exposure to developing creditor and debtor law in the wake of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978, John (just “Q” to many) transitioned from a young general practice courtroom lawyer in the 70’s to today’s business practitioner. The breadth of experience acquired along the way has made him a true “counselor at law”, skilled in anticipating and avoiding problems for his clients. When problems nonetheless present, John is committed to net positive resolution while not losing sight of advocacy (a client once said “you never have to wonder which side he’s on”). In his transactional practice, John enjoys nothing more than taking a project to the client’s anticipated finish line.
John counts among his continuing clients over five hundred small and medium sized South Dakota business entities, many of which also conduct business elsewhere, several banks and other lenders and, of course, many individuals with respect to both their personal and work lives. John has developed a reliable and experienced network of colleagues in specialized areas of the law with whom he collaborates in order to deliver solid advice and broad effective representation.
John and his wife, Kris, a retired labor and delivery Registered Nurse, are the parents of two adult sons and reside in rural Minnehaha County, where they are at the beck and call of a host of four-legged fellow travelers in life.
Born in Minnesota and raised in South Dakota, John attended the University of South Dakota, from which he received a B.A in Pre-Law History, before entering Law School at the University of Virginia. Concluding, after a year, that he belonged on the prairie, John transferred to the Law School at the University of South Dakota, graduating with Honors in 1972. John has practiced law from Sioux Falls continually since, interrupted only by a stint in the Army.
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140 N. Phillips Ave. Suite 203
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104
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