Barbara Melber Vargo

Of Counsel
Rapid City, Belle Fourche
Vargo, Barbara Melber

Barbara Vargo is working remotely to assist clients with issues in trust and estates, guardianships, and litigation.  She is licensed in all state courts in South Dakota and Florida.

Vargo, Barbara Melber
Team Barbara Melber Vargo

Barbara was raised on a farm near St. Lawrence, South Dakota, and attended the University of Minnesota where she earned her bachelor’s degree in technical communications in 1987.  She worked for several years for hospice programs in Florida and South Dakota, and obtained her law degree, with high honors, from Creighton University in 2018.  

Barbara was a judicial clerk for South Dakota’s Seventh Circuit for two years and for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for one year before joining Lynn Jackson. 

Barbara is admitted to practice in South Dakota and Florida.  She is a member of the South Dakota Bar Association and the Florida Bar.  

Barbara is temporarily posted in Thailand with her husband Mark.

  • University of Minnesota, B.S., Technical Communications, 1987.
  • Creighton University School of Law, J.D., with high honors, 2018. 
  • South Dakota Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Health Law and Litigation certificates
  • The Wind Beneath Our Wings Award, Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Health and Human Services Committee
  • Venables/Scarbrough Award, South Dakota Healthcare Humans Resources Association
  • Creighton University School of Law, National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Student Award
  • The Order of Barristers, Creighton University School of Law
  • Great Plains Rising Stars ® (2023)


Main Office:

909 Saint Joseph Street - Suite 800
Rapid City, SD 57701
Directions 605-342-2592 - phone 605-342-5185 - fax


  • State of South Dakota 
  • State of Florida
  • United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit