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Joel Arends

Joel Arends

Arends Law, P.C.
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  • Iowa, South Dakota
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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 2022 the voters of Lincoln County re-elected Arends to serve a second 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 enlisted in 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.

Practice Areas
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
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Legal fee financing available.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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South Dakota
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South Dakota Federal Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
County Commissioner
Lincoln County Commission
- Current
Managing Partner
Arends Law, P.C.
- Current
Lieutenant Colonel
United States Army Reserve
- Current
United States Army Command and General Staff College
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University of South Dakota School of Law
J.D. (2006)
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United States Army Infantry School
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University of South Dakota
B.A. (2000)
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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
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Articles & Publications
Obama Failing Military Voters
Washington Times
The Super Committee and the Dark Horse Regiment
National Review Online
Our Troops Don't Want a Gold Plated Military - Armor Will Suffice
National Review Online
Report from Iraq: Lessons and Results of the Surge
Vets for Freedom
Flying Back to Flying Man
National Review Online
Trust We Can Believe In
National Review Online
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
Arends Law, P.C.
6901 S. Lyncrest Place
Suite 102
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Telephone: (605) 231-8282
Fax: (605) 231-8281
Monday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
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