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School of Law Alumnus Promoted to Partner

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota School of Law alumnus P.J. Painter was recently promoted to partner at the Louisville, Kentucky, office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.

"When I decided to go to law school as a young kid, I had so many people tell me I should not be a lawyer: ‘You’re too nice!’ ‘I don’t see you as the lawyer type.’ ‘Why would you want to go through all that schooling?’ Honestly, each comment added fuel to the fire resulting in a burning desire to make it happen,” said Painter.

Painter graduated in 2013 near the top of his class with Sterling Honors. He served as president of the trial advocacy team, was a board member of the moot court team, and served as the research assistant in the tax and business department.

His practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation involving the areas of insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, long-term care, medical malpractice, personal injury, premises liability, construction defects and product liability. 


USD’s Knudson School of Law prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota, including in rural areas where the demand is great, and for private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. Its joint degree program allows students to also earn one of nine master’s degrees within the traditional three-year law curriculum, which includes course tracks in business, commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, environmental, Indian, real estate and tax law as well as civil litigation and estate planning.


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