Our Practice

Our Sioux Falls Law Practice

When it comes to obtaining legal counsel in Sioux Falls, SD, Wilka & Welter, LLP offers the special legal knowledge, skill and experience you need in times of emotional and physical stress, and even personal crisis. All legal cases and controversies work toward justice; but generally someone is the prevailing party and someone is not. The difference is an experienced attorney like the trial lawyers at Wilka & Welter, LLP. Our law firm offers decades of legal knowledge, skill, and experience that will help you, with aggressive representation and a case that is well-prepared, to provide the best possible outcome for you. Whether you need sound legal representation in a personal injury case, divorce case, Social Security disability case, DUI/DWI, or other legal area, we encourage you to discuss your legal matter with our experienced trial attorneys.

We invite you to read the biographies of our attorneys and to call us at 605-338-9711 to discuss your case. Law partners John M. Wilka and Mark James Welter have over 29 years of legal experience each in providing sound legal counsel and representation to their clients. They have built their practice by relentlessly pursuing justice for their clients and meticulously preparing each case as if it were going to trial. Wilka & Welter focus their practice on personal injury, workers’ compensation, criminal defense, family law, and civil litigation.

Our Attorneys Help You Get Full Compensation to Which You Are Legally Entitled

John Wilka has lived in Sioux Falls his entire life. For over two decades, Mr. Wilka has successfully tried hundreds of criminal law and family law cases. Mark Welter has been a native of South Dakota his whole life. Mr. Welter has decades of experience as a personal injury trial lawyer. Mr. Welter has 15 years’ experience successfully litigating many personal injury and workers’ compensation cases for numerous liability insurance companies. Mr. Welter brings that invaluable insurance defense experience and knowledge with him, helping injury victims and families, like You and Your family, get the full and fair compensation to which You are legally entitled.

 

Attorney Profiles


johnwilka-199x300John M. Wilka

Areas of Practice: Domestic relations, criminal law, trial practice, motorcycle accidents, dog bites, product defects, personal injury, automobile accidents and injuries, slip and fall, family law, divorce, child custody, child support, adoption law, premarital agreements, marital property settlements.

Admitted: 1988, South Dakota, U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

Law School: University of South Dakota, J.D., 1988

College: University of South Dakota, B.A., 1985

Member: State Bar of South Dakota; Minnesota State Bar Association; Second Judicial Circuit Bar Association.

Born: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, March 1, 1962

Email: John@wilkawelterlaw.com


 

markwelter-199x300Mark J. Welter

Practice Areas:  Personal injury claims, trial practice, civil litigation, negligence claims, claims for damages, bad faith claims against insurance companies, and workers’ compensation claims.

Admitted: 1989, South Dakota, 1990 U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, U.S. Court of Appeals (8th Circuit), U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1994 United States Supreme Court.

Law School: University of South Dakota, J.D., 1988

College: Black Hills State Teachers’ College; University of South Dakota, B.S., 1984

Biography: Law Clerk to the Honorable John B. Jones, U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, 1988-1990. Insurance defense trial attorney (partner) at Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith P.C., 1990-2004. Personal injury trial attorney (partner), Wilka & Welter, LLP 2004-present.

Born: Yankton, South Dakota, February 20, 1962

Email: Mark@wilkawelterlaw.com


maryash-199x300Mary R. Ash


Practice Areas
: Domestic relations, criminal law, trial practice, family law, divorce, child custody, child support, adoption law, premarital agreements, marital property settlements. Personal injury claims, trial practice, civil litigation, negligence claims, claims for damages, , and workers’ compensation claims.

Admitted: 2010, South Dakota, 2011 U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota.

Law School: University of South Dakota, J.D., 2010

College: Colorado Technical University (B.S. 2006)(MBA 2007)

Biography:  Associate, Wilka & Welter, LLP 2010-present.

Professional Memberships: State Bar of South Dakota; American Bar Association; Women in Law; South Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association.

Email: Mary@wilkawelterlaw.com



edward-angelEdward P.  Angel


Practice Areas
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Domestic relations, criminal law, family law, divorce, child custody, child support, adoption law, premarital agreements, marital property settlements, trial practice, civil litigation.

Admitted: 2010, South Dakota

Law School: University of Iowa, J.D., 2009

College: California State University, Sacramento, B.S., 2007

Biography:  Minnehaha County Deputy State’s Attorney, 2010-2016.  Associate, Wilka & Welter, LLP, 2016-Present.

Professional Memberships: State Bar of South Dakota; South Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, South Dakota State Bar Veterans Committee.

Email: edward@wilkawelterlaw.com