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Kara Semmler


Kara Semmler grew up in Sioux Falls and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1997. Kara earned a BS in Business Administration from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI in 2001. In 2004 she obtained her Juris Doctor at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

Upon graduation from law school, Kara returned to South Dakota to begin her practice. She spent two years in private practice with a Sioux Falls firm before moving to her husband’s hometown of Pierre. After her move to Pierre in 2006 Kara worked as a staff attorney for the Public Utilities Commission.

In addition to the general regulatory work of the Commission, Kara specifically represented the intrastate gas pipeline safety department, the grain warehouse department and the South Dakota One Call Board. While at the Public Utilities Commission Kara represented the Commission Staff in several large utility infrastructure projects and held a position on the Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council.

Kara joined May, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson, LLP in 2012 and is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of South Dakota, the United States Federal Court, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Kara calls upon her past regulatory practice to represent the firm’s clients before various state agencies. In addition, her practice focuses on the needs of businesses and families state wide.