Thomas E. Lee


Tom Lee was born and raised in Pierre, graduating from T.F. Riggs High School in May 1970. He attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for two years before transferring to the University of South Dakota. He received his bachelor’s degree from that institution in 1975, and his J.D. from the USD School of Law in 1978. He clerked for the circuit court of the 6th Judicial Circuit, then joined Charles Poches, Jr. in the private practice of law in Fort Pierre in 1979. After his partner retired, Tom joined Schmidt, Schroyer, Moreno, Lee and Bachand in 2003.

Tom served as a magistrate judge in 1983-84, and has been the state bar designated member of the South Dakota Code Commission since 1998. He has served as one of 12 child support referees  for the state of South Dakota since 1985, and was appointed to the 2012 Commission on Child Support by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Tom currently serves as chair of the mental illness boards in seven counties.  He serves as hearing officer for the South Dakota Career Service Commission, now known as the Civil Service Commission, and has acted in a similar capacity for other agencies over a 30 year span.

Tom’s practice focuses on estate planning, trusts and wills, business and real estate matters, and administrative procedures. He especially enjoys working with clients to plan for orderly transitions.

Time spent with family, often in conjunction with boating, bicycling and other outdoor sports provide balance in Tom’s life. He is grateful for the opportunity to help friends and clients through challenging or difficult times, and would be honored to assist when legal expertise is needed.