Travis received his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Dakota in 1998. Following law school, Travis practiced with the Riter Law Firm in Pierre, South Dakota from 1998 through 2001. During his time at the Riter Law Firm, Travis had the opportunity to wear many legal hats. Travis has served as an assistant city attorney for the City of Pierre, SD, Deputy State’s Attorney for Stanley County, SD, defended criminal actions in both state and federal courts, and represented both plaintiffs and defendants in civil actions.
Wanting to get back to the Black Hills where he grew up, Travis joined Beardsley, Jensen & Von Wald in Rapid City in 2002. Travis joined Clayborne, Loos & Sabers in 2018. For the last 15 years, Travis’ practice has focused in the areas of family law, civil litigation, and trial work, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Travis has also served as a registered lobbyist for several years, representing clients’ interests before the South Dakota Legislature.
In 2006, Travis was selected as the South Dakota Young Lawyer of the Year by the Young Lawyer’s Board of the South Dakota Bar Association. Travis was also presented with the “Toast of the Trial Lawyers” award by the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association in 2006 as recognition of his work for his clients and for his dedication to improving the bar association. Travis has served on the Board of Directors of both the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors of the South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association, and as President of the local Pennington County Bar Association.
Travis was born and raised on a ranch outside of Sturgis, South Dakota where his family still ranches. Travis and his wife, Marne, have three children, Hudson, Cameron, and Sophie. In his free time, Travis can be found coaching baseball, golfing, or boating with his family.
- 1998 South Dakota and U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota
- 2001 U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
- University of South Dakota, B.S., 1995
- University of South Dakota Law School, J.D., 1998
State Bar of South Dakota; American Bar Association; South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association; South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Directors, 2001-2003); Pennington County Bar Association (Secretary/Treasurer, 2002-2003; Vice President, 2003-2004; President, 2004-2005).