Firm History

In 1862 Edwin Parliman left his law practice in Hastings, Minnesota, to join the 2nd Minnesota Cavalry. He served under General Sibley’s command until he mustered out with the rank of Captain in 1865. His Military Orders took him through Dakota Territory to the Montana Border and back. After the end of the war he resumed the practice of law in Hastings, Minnesota.

In 1877 he moved to Dakota Territory and opened his law office. Read the early biography of the Parliman family in History of Dakota Territory by George Kingsbury, Vol IV (1915) pp. 218-220.


During territorial days he fulfilled many public positions in addition to his law practice - first City Attorney of Sioux Falls, first Sioux Falls fire chief. In 1889 he was elected County Judge of Minnehaha County, serving until 1897.  He died in 1899. Read Edwin Parliman’s biography in History of South Dakota by Duane Robinson (1904) Vol I and II.

Judge Parliman was succeeded in the practice of law by his son, Ralph Sr., grandson Ralph Jr., great grandson Edwin C. Parliman, and great-great grandson Thomas W. Parliman.

Edwin C. Parliman enlisted in the United States Army in 1942 while attending the University of South Dakota and reported for active duty in July, 1943. He saw fierce fighting in the Battle of the Bulge under General Gerge Patton’s command and after his honorable discharge in 1945 he resumed his studies at USD School of Law. He married Elaine Albrecht and returned to Sioux Falls where he raised his family and practiced law for over 50 years. Read Edwin C. Parliman’s memoirs of the Battle of the Bulge.

In 1997 the South Dakota Bar Association recognized him for serving his profession with distinction and honor for 50 years.

Thomas W. Parliman followed in his father’s footsteps, graduating from the University of South Dakota in 1969 and receiving a Juris Doctoris from USD Law School in 1972. He was a member of Beta Theta Pí fraternity and continues lifelong friendships and business relationships with his fellow Betas. He enjoys his contact with the Law School and continues to participate in Client Counseling Competitions.

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