When looking for an attorney it is important to find one who fits both your needs and personality; one who makes you feel comfortable that your matter is being taken care of in the most effective and appropriate way.  What sets our law firm apart from others is that our goal is to make sure our client’s situation is approached with common sense and cost consideration, while being a strong advocate for you on matters of importance.  Our main concern is that you feel you are given all of your options, with advice from us, and then able to make an informed decision on how best to proceed.  We will advise you, but you are ultimately in control of how your case is resolved.  We handle our client’s situation with logical, effective attention to detail.  We strive to keep the big picture in mind and advocate for a resolution that best fits the particular facts of your case in a personal and comfortable manner.


 
 
 

4201 S Minnesota Ave # 113

Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Telephone: (605) 335-7100


 
     
 
     
   
 
 
 

Thomas J. Nicholson

Tom was born and raised in Winner, South Dakota, received his undergraduate degree  from the University of South Dakota, and also graduated from the USD School of Law in 1978. 

Since 1979 he has been in private practice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and is a partner in the law firm of Nicholson, Tschetter, Adams & Nicholson.  He has the top designation of an AV peer rated lawyer in Martindale-Hubbell.  Tom believes in a logical, practical approach to solving problems; he looks at the circumstances and works with clients to find common sense solutions.  Unnecessary expense and posturing do not help the client.  He enjoys practicing with his daughter, Melissa, and other firm lawyers and they work well together.  That relationship allows them to use a team approach when practical.  Tom has worked hard since 1979 to develop positive relationships with clients, other attorneys and judges.  He has experience in numerous types of lawsuits dealing with fraud, franchises, trusts, business disputes, land disputes and divorce with substantial assets.  He also has extensive experience in business related matters.  Most of his work is in the following areas:

  • Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Business / Corporation / Real Estate Law / Contracts
  • Substantial injuries / Wrongful death
  • Divorce with considerable assets
  • Estate / Probate / Wills

LICENSED TO PRACTICE BEFORE:
South Dakota trial courts and agencies
Supreme Court of South Dakota
U.S. District Court
8th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court

Professional and Community Involvement (Current and Previous):

  • President of the State Bar of South Dakota 2012 – 2013
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Search Committee USD Law School Dean (2012)
  • Governor’s Criminal Justice Initiative (2012)
  • State Bar of South Dakota (Member)
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers' Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar Disciplinary Board (co-chair 2007-2008)
  • South Dakota Bar Examiners (1988 – 2002)
  • Judicial Compensation Committee
  • Judicial-Bar Liason Committee
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • Competency Committee
  • Sioux Falls Inns of Court
  • Tort & Insurance Practice Section of the ABA
  • Law School speaker on character and fitness
  • Seminar presenter on personal injury for the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chairman of the Civil Service Board for the City of Sioux Falls
  • Board of Directors of Dow-Rummel Retirement Home (President 4 terms)
  • American Indian Services (original board member)
  • Sioux Falls Literacy Council (original board member)
  • Sioux Council Boy Scouts of America Board Member
  • Westward Ho Country Club Board Member (President in 1991)
  • South Dakota Humanities Foundation Board Member
  • Youth soccer and basketball volunteer coach for approximately 10 years
  • Mentor at Sioux Falls Lincoln High School
Several other school and church boards and committees
 
     
 
Thomas J. Nicholson
4201 S. Minnesota Ave Suite 113
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Telephone: 1-(605) 335-7100
Fax: 1-(605)- 331-1148

Email
tom@nicholsonandnicholson.com
or
danelle@nicholsonandnicholson.com
 
     

 




     
 
Melissa B. Nicholson
4201 S. Minnesota Ave Suite 113
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Telephone: 1-(605) 335-7100
Fax: 1-(605)- 331-11488

Email
melissa@nicholsonandnicholson.com
or
erica@nicholsonandnicholson.com
 
     
 

Melissa B. Nicholson          

After growing up in Sioux Falls, I went to college in Indiana at DePauw University, where I majored in Math and played college basketball.  I returned to South Dakota to go to law school at the University of South Dakota, primarily with the intent to practice with my father, who has been a mentor to me, both in the practice of law and life in general.  I’ve practiced in Sioux Falls in excess of 13 years and am a partner in the firm of Nicholson, Tschetter, Adams & Nicholson.  My father, Tom Nicholson, has practiced in the State over 30 years and is the South Dakota State Bar President, 2012-2013.  Together we handle a variety of litigation and business related legal work.  We strive to offer an effective resolution of our clients’ cases in a straightforward, personal way with an emphasis on common sense. 

I value good working relationships with other attorneys and judges, and practice primarily in the following areas:

  • Divorce/Family Law
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Knowledge of/emphasis on business, family law and litigation related issues          
  • Civil Litigation

 

When looking for an attorney it is important to find one who fits both your needs and personality; one who makes you feel comfortable that your matter is being taken care of in the most effective and appropriate way.  What sets our approach apart from others is our goal to make sure our client’s situation is approached with common sense, while being a strong advocate for you on matters of importance.  Client decisions make a big difference in the outcome, length, and expense of a situation.  Our main concern is that you feel you are given all of your options, with advice from us, and then able to make an informed decision on how best to proceed.  We will advise you, but you are ultimately in control of how your case is resolved.  We handle our client’s situation with logical, effective attention to detail.  We strive to keep the big picture in mind and advocate for a resolution that best fits the particular facts of your case in a personal and comfortable manner. 

 

Professional and Community Memberships and Associations:

South Dakota Bar Association
South Dakota Trial Lawyers
Past South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors
Family Law Committee, South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association
Bar Media Liason, State Bar Committee Chairperson
Evidence Committee, State Bar
Leadership Sioux Falls Graduate 2002
South Dakota Senator Daschle's Leader's Retreat 2000  

Courts Admitted to Practice In:

All South Dakota Courts
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
United States District Court
Most South Dakota Agencies   
     


** All consultations are private and confidential

 

 

     
   
 
 
 

Jason R. Adams

Jason is a native of Janesville, Minnesota.  He grew up on a small farm outside of Janesville.  He graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota with a degree in political science and minor in business administration in 1994.  Jason attended law school in Vermillion, South Dakota and graduated from the University Of South Dakota School Of Law in 1997.

Following law school, Jason practiced law in Elk Point, South Dakota at Stickney & Groe Law Office.  After three years in Elk Point he joined the Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office and was there for seven years before joining Ken Tschetter to form Tschetter & Adams Law Office, P.C.  While at the Public Defender's Office, Jason gained valuable experience defending cases from DUI's to Robbery, Attempted Murder, and Capital Murder Cases.  Jason continued to gain valuable experience in criminal law while partnered with Ken Tschetter, but also gained experience in family law and personal injury law. In August of 2011, Jason and Ken Tschetter joined Tom and Melissa Nicholson to form Nicholson, Tschetter, Adams & Nicholson.

Jason has over fourteen years experience handling criminal cases, family law cases and personal injury cases.  His experience includes numerous jury trials and appellate work. 
Jason is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in South Dakota.  He is a member of the South Dakota Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Second Circuit Bar Association.  Jason serves on the South Dakota State Bar's Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions Committee.

Jason and his wife, Kami, have two sons and a daughter

 

 
     
 
Jason R. Adams
4201 S. Minnesota Ave Suite 113
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Telephone: 1-(605) 335-7100
Fax: 1-(605)- 331-1148

Email
jadams@sio.midco.net
or
danelle@nicholsonandnicholson.com
 
     

 
 
 
 

Kenneth M. Tschetter

Ken is a South Dakota native who was raised in Rapid City and moved to Sioux Falls in 1999.  Ken earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, and subsequently graduated from law school at KU in 1994.  During law school he was selected for the Law Review, won several American Jurisprudence academic Awards, and finished in the top ten percent of his class, earning membership in the Order of the Coif.

After graduation Ken obtained valuable experience as a research attorney for the Kansas Court of Appeals, and also served as the research attorney for the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals.  Ken returned to South Dakota, and began practicing criminal defense at the Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office.  After two years, he entered private practice by joining Rhonda Lockwood's office in Sioux Falls as an associate attorney.  In 2003, Ken opened his own law office, and focused on criminal defense and family law.  Now, after eighteen years working as an attorney, Ken has significant experience handling many types of legal matters.
  
Today Ken’s practice remains primarily criminal defense and family law.  As part of his family law practice, Ken also handles cases involving adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ARTs).  He has assisted in gestational surrogacy matters, including drafting surrogacy contracts and helping intended parents establish legal parentage for children born through surrogacy.  Ken is a member of the ARTs Committee of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association, and is Of Counsel for two national ARTs groups, the Reproductive Law Center and the International Fertility Law Center.

Ken is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in South Dakota, and also holds licenses in both Kansas and Utah.  He is a member of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, the Second Circuit Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the South Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  Ken also serves on the Family Law Committee for the State Bar of South Dakota, and was recently appointed to the Supreme Court’s Committee to Study the Use of Interpreters and Translators in the South Dakota Court System.

Ken and his wife Lisa are the proud parents of four young daughters.

 

 

 
     
 
Kenneth M. Tschetter
4201 S. Minnesota Ave Suite 113
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Telephone: 1-(605) 335-7100
Fax: 1-(605)- 331-1148

Email
kenmtschetter@gmail.com
or
danelle@nicholsonandnicholson.com
 
     

 
 
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