Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyer

Client Testimonial

I have worked as a Mediator and Arbitrator for over 20 years in the State of South Dakota and also in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.  I have presided over 1200 Mediations and Arbitrations.  I mediated many cases for Merkle Law Firm.  Bret Merkle and his staff do and excellent job presenting cases at Mediation.  Bret is a skilled trial lawyer who knows how to win for his clients.  My experience has been that Merkle Law Firm obtains maximum results for their clients.
-T.F. Martin, Licensed Professional Mediator & Arbitrator

"I first became interested in law when I was 10 years old.  My father was a police officer and I saw the importance of protecting people through the law.  I earned my law degree at the University of South Dakota and obtained an MBA at the same time.  While in college, I was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and paralyzed below the waist.  I went though many surgeries and years of physical therapy learning how to walk again. Ultimately I lost my right leg below the knee.  I fought hard through that time to make it back to school.  It was then that I decided to spend my life and my career helping people who have been injured.  I was later privileged to be personally trained in how to be an effective trial lawyer by the great Gerry Spence at his Trial Lawyers College in the mountains near Dubois, Wyoming.  There I learned how to discover the truth of my client’s cause. After that, I was honored to be invited back as a staff instructor helping teach other lawyers from all over the US how to win justice for their clients.  One of my greatest satisfactions in life is to help someone who cannot help themselves, to help lift them up after an injury and see them succeed in spite of their tragedy."

- Bret C. Merkle, Esq.


Merkle Law Firm is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. For over 25 years, Attorney Bret Merkle and his legal staff have represented hundreds of injury victims throughout South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. Bret and his firm have recovered literally millions of dollars as the lawyer for their injured clients through jury trials, court trials, mediations, arbitrations and negotiated settlements. Whether it be a small injury to life-changing injury and death case, you need a lawyer experienced in taking care of people who have suffered injuries and damages. Our goal is to be the best lawyer and law firm to bring you the best results possible. You need a top rated lawyer to help you through your tragic circumstances and injuries. The results we have obtained for our clients and their testimonies speak for themselves.

Bret began practicing personal injury law in 1992.  Bret is a member of the South Dakota Bar Association, the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, and a staff instructor for the Trial Lawyers College.  Bret and his staff are committed to the people they represent. Bret personally communicates regularly with his clients through phone calls, text messaging and email, nights, weekends and holidays included. Bret and his staff know the work of a lawyer for injured clients cannot just be an 8 to 5 job.  There is no problem too big or too small to help those who have entrusted the problems of their lives with Bret and his Law Firm. Bret knows the importance of having a lawyer that is available to help people get through tragedy. Something as simple as an unpaid medical bill or a call from an insurance adjuster can be stressful. Bret and his staff are there for you and they know how to get the best possible results you need.

If you are in need of a top rated trial lawyer, CONTACT US today for a FREE CASE REVIEW.

Most clients say: “This office is so comfortable.” That is important to us because it means we are doing our job well. The stress from the injuries, medical bills, time off work, missing out on family and leisure activates creates a stressful and uncomfortable life. Merkle Law Firm exists to take all that stress away so you can get back to life as you knew it before the injuries.

Many clients say: “I don’t want to go to court.” Most injury cases can be settled without going through the court process, but it takes an experienced lawyer to get that done.  Many cases are settled directly with the insurance company. However, a lawyer with years of litigation experience is crucial to getting a fair settlement. Claims adjusters handle thousands of claims every year and they are experts at saving the insurance company money. Merkle Law Firm knows how to deal with the Insurance Company to level the playing field. First, you are just a claim number to them. The adjuster is paid to save the company money. Their loyalty is to the company, not you. Our loyalty is to you alone. We are professional lawyer advocates who have been in the fight for over 25 years. We will protect you with honesty and professionalism.


These are the kinds of cases Merkle Law Firm has successfully handled in the past for their clients:

  • Car Accidents
  • Speeding, Careless and Reckless Driving Accidents
  • Distracted Driving Accidents, Talking or Texting on cellphone
  • Head-on collisions
  • Rear-end Collisions
  • Whiplash Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Sideswipe and T-bone Accidents
  • Stop Sign, Stop Light, and Failure to Yield Violation Accidents
  • Parking Lot Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Brain Injuries (MTBI)
  • Broken Bone Injuries
  • Neck Injuries
  • Back Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Knee Injuries
  • Surgery Injuries
  • Scarring Injuries
  • Burn Injuries
  • Drunk Driving (DWI) Accidents
  • Hit and Run Accidents
  • Dog Bites
  • Animal Attacks
  • ATV Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Diving Accidents
  • Swimming Pool Accidents
  • Farm Accidents
  • Gun Accidents
  • Nursing Home Injuries
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Slips on the snow or ice
  • Falls on slippery surfaces
  • Property Accidents
  • Slips and Falls
  • Truck Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • UTV Accidents
  • Snowmobile Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Work Injuries
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Uninsured Motorist Claims
  • Underinsured Motorists Claims
  • Insurance Claims

MILLIONS RECOVERED for Injured Clients

25 Years Legal Experience Representing People with Injuries
When you need a top rated injury lawyer, do not hesitate CONTACT US today for a FREE CASE REVIEW.

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