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Pursuing South Dakota Joel Arends
Joel Arends

Joel Arends

Arends Law, P.C.

15 years of experience

Personal Injury, Family Law, Divorce, Estate Planning, Gov & Administrative Law, Business Law, Energy, Oil & Gas Law, Real Estate Law

South Dakota


Joel Arends offers his clients substantive experience in a wide range of fields including personal injury, family law, estate planning/probate, real estate, government relations and public policy development. Born and raised in Little Rock, Iowa, Joel Arends graduated from the University of South Dakota in 2000 and received his law degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 2006. In 2018 the voters of Lincoln County elected Arends to serve a four year term on the Lincoln County Commission in County Commission District 1. Arends ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility, economic growth, fidelity to taxpayers and creating partnerships with local, state, federal and private stakeholders. Having worked at the highest levels of American campaigns and elections, Arends served as a campaign aide to former president George W. Bush and former presidential candidates Senator John McCain and Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann. Joel had the high honor and distinct privilege to personally endorse Donald Trump and his presidential campaign on the deck of the USS Iowa in September 2015. Joel the United States Army as a private in 1995 and has risen through ranks to achieve the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve. Arends served as an infantry platoon leader in Iraq with the Army's 1st Cavalry Division and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Infantryman's Badge for his service to the Army and our nation. He was recognized by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as one of the fifty heroes in the Global War on Terror and has been profiled in Investor's Business Daily. Joel is married to his beautiful wife Robin and they have three children together Noah, Abigail and Zachary. Joel and his family are members of Holy Spirit Church and active in their community. Joel Arends is licensed to practice law in both South Dakota and his native state of Iowa. View More ›


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Practice Area

Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death,
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law,
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce,
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills,
Gov & Administrative Law
Administrative Law, Election Law, Government Contracts, Government Finance, Legislative & Government Affairs,
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes,
Energy, Oil & Gas Law
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law,


English: Spoken, Written

Professional Experience

County Commissioner
Lincoln County Commission
2019 - Current


United States Army Command and General Staff College

United States Army Command and General Staff College
University of South Dakota School of Law

J.D. (2006)

University of South Dakota School of Law
United States Army Infantry School


United States Army Infantry School
University of South Dakota

B.A. (2000)

University of South Dakota


50 Heroes in War on Terror
Department of Defense (OSD)
Combat Infantryman Badge
United States Army
Bronze Star Medal
United States Army

Professional Associations

South Dakota State Bar



South Dakota State Bar

Websites & Blogs

Social Media


Arends Law, P.C.
6901 S. Lyncrest Place Suite 103 Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Telephone: (605) 254-2624

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