Lou has extensive experience in corporate and business law matters coming from in-house counsel at Sanford Health. Lou served as Corporate Counsel for Sanford at Bemidji, for Sanford Health’s Contracts Team and Network, and eventually rose to Executive Director for Legal in Sioux Falls and for their Health Plan, where he was responsible for all legal matters for Sanford USD Medical Center and its surrounding markets. Lou oversaw many complex legal issues, notably, antitrust litigation, asset purchases, and a variety of merger and acquisition activities. He has well-rounded experience in a wide variety of matters including evaluating regulatory issues, advising on risk management and employment issues, real estate matters, and drafting a wide range of deal documents. As a transactional focused attorney, he also gained a broad background in contract negotiating and drafting. Lou has the unique capability of being able to focus on the details without losing sight of the “big picture” and prides himself on finding solutions. He is able to draw on his experience to help clients make sound business decisions, navigate corporate and business matters, and he has a sincere desire to help local businesses succeed in their business ventures. In addition to corporate and business law, Lou enjoys helping families with estate planning and making sure the family is protected and the fruit of hard work is protected for loved ones. He also helps physicians and physician groups with employment agreements, professional service agreements and space/equipment use agreements.
Lou received his Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law. During Law school, Lou clerked for the United States District Court, Central District of South Dakota. Lou attended Augustana College receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Affairs, and he was a member of the Augustana football team. He also interned for the Minnehaha County State’s Attorney’s Office while in college. Lou and his wife, Morgan, live in Sioux Falls with their two dogs, Brandy and Willow. They enjoy attending local sporting events and riding the bike path. Lou’s favorite activities are golfing, hunting, fishing, and following his favorite sports teams.
Areas of Practice
- Business Organizations & Transactions
- Business Succession Planning
- Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts & Asset Protection Planning
- South Dakota
- University of Kansas School of Law (J.D.)
- Augustana College (B.A.)
- Food - Ham & Cheese Sandwich
- Book - The Old Man and the Sea
- Team - Minnesota Vikings
- Movie - Big Daddy
- Song - It's a great day to be alive by Travis Tritt
- Place - Alaska