May, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson LLP is a full service law firm committed to providing high quality, cost effective legal representation. Among its members can be found a president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, a member of the ABA Board of Governors, two presidents of the State Bar of South Dakota, two presidents of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, two presidents of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a president of the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, a long-time board member of the South Dakota Easter Seals Society, and a board member of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry. May, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson LLP offers superior legal representation from the region’s foremost attorneys. May, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson LLP is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and is recommended by Best’s Directory and Hines Insurance Counsel.
The firm was established in Pierre in 1881 as Wakefield & Horner. Since that time, it has been known successively as Horner & Stewart; Horner, Martens & Goldsmith; Martens & Goldsmith; Martens, Goldsmith & May; Martens, Goldsmith, May & Porter; Martens, Goldsmith, May, Porter & Adam; May, Porter, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson; and May, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson LLP. Glenn Martens (1881-1963) and Karl Goldsmith (1885-1966) practiced law in Pierre from just after the turn of the century to the middle 1960’s. Mr. Martens was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame. He also served in the State Senate from 1923-24 and as Chairman of the South Dakota Republican Party from 1938 to 1944. Karl Goldsmith served without compensation for many years as Executive Secretary of the State Bar of South Dakota.
Clients of the firm range from local farmers, ranchers, and businessmen to large multinational corporations.
Principal Contact: THOMAS C. ADAM
Education: graduation from the University of South Dakota (B.S., 1960; LLB, 1962)
Specialization: Commercial & business Law
International Business Machines; General Motors Corp.; Travelers Insurance Co.; Continental National American Group; Allstate Insurance Co.; Employers of Wausau; Fireman\'s Fund; Kemper Insurance; Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Co.; John Hancock Life Insurance Co.; U.S.F. & G. Co.; Safeco Companies; Security Insurance Group; Employers Casualty Co.; General Casualty Cos.; Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.; Crum & Forster Group; American Family Insurance; State Auto & Casualty Underwriters; Northwestern Public Service Co.; Weyerhaeuser Co.; Mobil Oil Co.; Amoco IBP; Shell Oil Co.-U.S.; Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.; Orion Capital Corp.; Deere & Co.; Georgia Pacific Corp.; Association of Equipment Manufacturers.