Richard L. Travis

About DIck

Dick Travis, born in Mobridge, South Dakota, graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1976 and graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1980. Following graduation, he began working as a general practitioner for the law firm of Frieberg, Frieberg & Peterson in Beresford, South Dakota. During his tenure in Beresford, Dick was Deputy State’s Attorney for Union County for four years. In 1990, he joined the law firm of May & Johnson, P.C. where the focus of his practice is civil litigation, insurance defense, and workers’ compensation.

Contact Information


  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1980
  • University of South Dakota, 1976


  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory -- A.V. Rated
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers



  • Second Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • State Bar of South Dakota, Young Lawyers Section, 1985 - 1986 President
  • State Bar of South Dakota, 1989 - 1994 Bar Commissioner
  • State Bar of South Dakota, 1994 - 2000 Disciplinary Board Member
  • Judicial Qualifications Commission 2003-2011
  • State Bar of South Dakota, President Elect 2006 – 2007; President 2007 - 2008
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, 1991 - 1993 Board of Governors
  • Defense Research Institute
  • South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Areas of Practice


  • Divorce
  • Custody Disputes 
  • Child Support

Insurance Defense

  • Liability Defense
  • Coverage Opinions
  • Bad Faith Defense
  • Workers' Compensation Defense


  • Workers' Compensation


  • Personal Injury / Wrongful Death
  • Commercial
  • Contract Disputes
  • Insurance Defense