2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year & Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year
Timothy is a fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, which is a group of approximately 225 elite lawyers throughout the United States and England. Mr. Rensch is one of two lawyers in the state of South Dakota who is a member of this elite group, the other being a retired judge. Mr. Rensch is also a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – South Dakota’s only lifetime member. Timothy Rensch is a two-time past president of the Black Hills Criminal Defense Bar. He is also a member of the American Association of Trial Lawyers and the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association. Specializing in criminal defense, Mr. Rensch has 28 years of active jury trial experience, including many noteworthy and nationally-covered cases. He has handled many high profile murder, rape, drug, DUI and serious jury cases in South Dakota. He has also tried personal injury and civil cases.
Today, Timothy Rensch has been practicing criminal and civil law in the Black Hills for 28 years. His passion for helping people makes him a person who makes sure their voices are heard.
John S. Rusch
A graduate of the University of South Dakota Law School, prior to joining RENSCH LAW in Rapid City, Mr. Rusch tried over one hundred criminal cases while practicing law in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and then Sioux City, Iowa. Mr. Rusch handles very serious felony cases, including homicide, rape, drug charges, financial crimes, and felony drunk driving offenses. He also handles cases involving family law, divorce, and child custody. A licensed commercial pilot, Mr. Rusch also represents clients in Federal Aviation Agency review and licensing matters.
Becky L. Schmit
A graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law, prior to joining RENSCH LAW in Rapid City, Ms. Schmit practiced primarily personal injury cases in the Black Hills area for over eight years. In addition to personal injury claims, Ms. Schmit also handles various other civil and criminal cases. Her undergraduate degree is in Political Science from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
When she is not practicing law Ms. Schmit likes spending time with her family. Ms. Schmit grew up in the Black Hills and enjoys hiking and various other activities that allow her to explore the area.