Hope Okerlund Matchan

Hope Okerlund Matchan

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Hope Okerlund Matchan honed her skills as an attorney practicing law for 23 years, of those hope has spent 20 years in a courtroom. She has also served as Chief Criminal Deputy for the State's Attorney and was named prosecutor of the year in 2005.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI
  • Family Law
  • Child Custody

Bar Admissions

  • South Dakota, 1992


  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota
    • Juris Doctor - 1992
  • University of South Dakota School of Business
    • Bachelor of Science - 1988

Published Works

  • Joint Author, Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault


  • Trainer, Midwest Children's Resource Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, Medical Evidence
  • Panel Participant, Fifth Annual Community Response, Child Abuse, April 2004
  • Training Team Member, S.D. Network against Family Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Panel Participant, University of South Dakota Case Conference on Child Injuries
  • Panel Participant, A Community Response to Child Abuse
  • Instructor, Domestic Violence Law, Sioux Falls Police Department
  • Instructor, Criminal Law, Sioux Falls Police Department Recruits
  • Instructor, Criminal Law, Minnehaha County Reserve Law Enforcement Program

Honors and Awards

  • Graduate Leadership Sioux Falls, 2005
  • Prosecutor of the Year, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The State Bar of South Dakota, Member, 1992 - 2014
  • South Dakota States Attorneys Association, Director, 2005 - 2008

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chair, St. John ALC Social Concerns Committee, 2014
  • Member, St. John ALC Nominating Committee, 2013 - 2014
  • Member, Family Selection Committee, Habitat for Humanity, 2009 - 2010
  • Member, Sanford Child Abuse & Neglect Team, 1998 - 2010
  • Secretary-Treasurer, Women in Law, 2005 - 2006