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Rapid City and California Lawyer is Parade Marshal for USD Dakota Days

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Rapid City native Greg Yates, a 1969 and 1972 graduate of the University of South Dakota, will serve as parade marshal at Saturday’s USD Dakota Days homecoming parade.

Yates, who started his legal career in Rapid City, where he maintains a pilot office, also practices in Encino, California. He specializes in product liability, catastrophic injury, wrongful death and civil rights.

Yates has been selected as one of the top 100 lawyers in California since being admitted to the California Bar in 1974. He was also named California Lawyer of the Year in 1997 by California Lawyer Magazine. And he was a top 10 finalist for Consumer Attorneys of California’s trial lawyer of the year in 2003. He has been featured in Time Magazine, The New Yorker Magazine, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and has appeared on Frontline, American Journal, MSNBC and FOX News as a commentator.

In 2014, Yates was inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for as lead singer for the Riveairs band in the mid-1960s.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News