Randal E Connelly Attorney At Law - Attorney | Rapid City SD Attorney Law books

With over 40 years of experience representing clients, you can trust Randal E Connelly, Attorney At Law, to deliver compassionate, honest and above all aggressive legal representation to get you through your most difficult case. We care about our clients and we’ll treat you like family. You can rely on us to help you out to the best of our abilities. We’ll assist you in receiving all the treatment and counselling that you need to get the best outcome in your case.


Randal E Connelly graduated from Law School at the University of South Dakota in 1974, and served in/was Director of the Pennington County Public Defender’s Office from 1974 to 1979. Since going into private practice, he has done predominately Criminal Defense for 40 years, with hundreds of jury trials in both State and Federal courts. These trials include all manner of state and federal drug cases, State and Federal Murder cases, as well as countless DUIs, and cases involving murder, manslaughter, assaults, rape, child porn and kidnaping. He has handled dozens of murder cases resulting in multiple acquittals on murder, manslaughter, kidnaping, rape and Aggravated Assault charges. He has handled both at the trial level and at the appellate level numerous death penalty cases.


Randal E Connelly has an A-1 rating with Martindale Hubbell (the law profession's nationwide rating system which results from assessment by other attorneys and peers as to a lawyer’s legal and trial skills as well as his ethical integrity). He also has an impeccable and flawless ethical and professional record for integrity over his 40 year career.


Some of his career highlights include:

  • 2009-2010 Represented a defendant accused of aiding and abetting the murder of Annie Mae Aquash.

  • 2003-2004 Jury trial on Kidnaping and Rape receiving an acquittal on all counts.

  • Nation Fast Food/Restaurant “a hoax most cruel” string of cases where Managers of the restaurants were contacted by a caller imposing as a detective. Good Morning America conducted a live interview on national television with Mr. Connelly and his client following the acquittal after a week-long trial.

  • 1993 Successfully defended one of three principal owners of Black Hills Institute on a 153 Count Federal Indictment involving “Sue” The largest T Rex ever discovered along with taking other fossils. This is said to be South Dakota’s longest criminal trial, lasting six to eight weeks.

  • 1989 he successfully defended a felony drug possession of Marijuana case involving 1,152 pounds of Marijuana. The Jury acquitted after a four day jury trial.

  • 1983 he successfully defended a murder and attempted murder charges after a week-long jury trial on the defense of insanity (one of the last successful insanity defenses at jury trial in the State of South Dakota).

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