Lawrence L. Piersol

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The Honorable
Lawrence Piersol
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Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota
In office
November 22, 1993 – July 31, 2009
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Donald J. Porter
Succeeded by Jeffrey L. Viken
Personal details
Born 1940 (age 75–76)
Vermillion, South Dakota
Alma mater University of South Dakota (B.A.)
University of South Dakota School of Law (J.D.)

Lawrence Leroy Piersol (born 1940) is a United States federal judge.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Vermillion, South Dakota, Piersol received a B.A. from the University of South Dakota in 1962 and a J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1965.

Career[edit]

Piersol was in the United States Army, JAG Corps from 1965 to 1968. He was in private practice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from 1968 to 1993. A member of the Democratic Party, he served in the South Dakota House of Representatives, serving as Minority Whip (1971 to 1972) and Majority Leader (1973 to 1974).[1]

Judicial service[edit]

On August 6, 1993, Piersol was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota vacated by Donald J. Porter. Piersol was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 20, 1993, and received his commission on November 22, 1993. He served as chief judge from 1999 to 2005 and assumed senior status on July 31, 2009.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Donald James Porter
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota
1993–2009
Succeeded by
Jeffrey L. Viken