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About the Firm

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We serve clients all across the great State of South Dakota, from the first concern to closing arguments. 

Meet Aaron Pilcher 

Aaron is a Blackstone Fellow with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a former Ronald W. Reagan Fellow at Eureka College, and the founding attorney at Pilcher Law Firm. Aaron focuses his practice on business law, family law, criminal defense and general litigation.

Aaron practices in state and federal court. As a CJA Panel Attorney, Aaron accepts court-appointed defense cases in federal criminal court, including international drug conspiracy cases. 

Aaron was the first defense attorney for the Beadle County Drug Court, where he represented individual participants before the Court. In this position, Aaron was trained in various areas of substance use and abuse, mental health conditions, counseling methods, prescription medications, and various treatment protocols.  During his tenure, Aaron helped redefine and expand the scope of the position. 

In 2020, Aaron recognized a lack of safe housing opportunities for individuals seeking recovery from addiction. He volunteered with five other individuals to start Hope House, a non-profit sober living community in Huron. Aaron stepped aside when the home became operational.

Before practicing law, Aaron directed a statewide political campaign for the U.S. Senate. He oversaw fundraising and campaign finance matters, communications and media strategy, scheduling and event planning, GOTV (get-out-the-vote), and other emergent needs. 

Aaron grew up on a hobby farm in Southern Minnesota, where he participated in sports and other activities. Aaron received his bachelors degree from Eureka College, and his law degree from the Knutson School of Law at the University of South Dakota.

Aaron lives in Huron with his wife and their three children. 

Reported Cases*

State v. Underwood, 2017 S.D. 3

State v. Wills, 2018 S.D. 21

In re Termination of Parental Rights of I.A.D. et al., 2023 S.D. 36 (Oral Argument)

* Past success cannot be an assurance of future success because each case must be decided on its own merits.



South Dakota State Court (2014)

Federal District Court - District of South Dakota (2014)

United States Bankruptcy Court - District of South Dakota (2020)

Illinois State Court (Retired)

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2023)


South Dakota State Advisory Committee - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (2019-2023)

Commissioner, South Dakota Bar Commission (2018-2021) 

Business Law Committee - SD Bar Association (2020)


Bethesda Church, Huron, SD

Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau

Co-Founder, Hope House Sober Living Community


President's Award, Pro Bono & Community Service, SD Bar Ass'n (2023)

Pro Bono & Reduced Rate Service Award, Access to Justice (2020, 2021, 2022)

Blackstone Fellow, Alliance Defending Freedom (2011)

Ronald W. Reagan Fellow, Eureka College (2004-2008)


University of South Dakota, Knutson School of Law, J.D. (2013)

Eureka College, B.A. (2008)

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