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USA Guide

Corporate/Commercial — South Dakota

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Highly reputable group that acts in the insurance, financial and banking regulatory sectors. Full-service firm with a strong bench of specialized attorneys. Represents a diverse range of local and national clients on complex M&A and other corporate transactions. Also particularly noted for its strengths in bankruptcy work, federal and state tax matters, and trust and estates issues.

Strengths One impressed interviewee notes: "Davenport Evans is an excellent firm. Very thorough, extremely professional, and very timely in meeting deadlines."

Another impressed client states: "The firm has an outstanding team that delivers high-quality legal knowledge and advice."

Work highlights Assisted First Capital Surety & Trust in connection with its $10 million change in ownership. This included drafting documentation for the matter and filing the regulatory approval notices.

Significant clients Sioux Falls Development Foundation, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

Notable practitioners  

The "extremely competent" Jonathan Brown is noted for his expertise in contracts work related to business acquisitions and sales, and is also regularly called upon to advise on business formation for a variety of clients including limited liability companies. One impressed client says: "Jon has a depth of experience that makes him a very effective lawyer."

Keith Gauer is recognized for his strengths in bankruptcy matters, including creditors' rights law, and enjoys a fine track record for his work on behalf of banking clients. Sources describe him as "very knowledgeable and very resourceful in providing advice."

Daniel Donohue has a strong focus in trust and estate matters, including dynasty trusts. His varied client base includes both small and large corporations.

Charles Gullickson is one of the firm's preeminent financial regulatory attorneys, and is noted for his advice to clients in lending transactions, bank acquisitions and branching.

One client praises Douglas Hajek for being "very thorough and responsive." Hajek's highly regarded practice includes advising banking and corporate clients on transactional matters and also public finance work, and he regularly serves as bond counsel to a wide range of clients.

Robert Hayes has a longstanding practice in creditors' rights and bankruptcy work. One delighted client describes him as "an expert in his field and incredibly prompt."

Dixie Hieb is highlighted as being "very knowledgeable on banking and compliance." Her practice also covers trust work. One client says: "She is an exceptional attorney - competent, responsive and thorough."

The "very versatile and well thought ofTerry Prendergast is noted for his extensive trusts work across the state. His practice also covers captive insurance formations.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Preeminent firm that houses attorneys with a vast collective experience in a wide range of corporate and commercial services. Areas of expertise include tax, banking and creditors' rights. Works with a variety of clients, including agricultural organizations, limited liability companies and nonprofits.

Strengths One peer says: "They are a very strong firm," and notes that its attorneys are "very qualified and knowledgeable, and good to work with."

Notable practitioners  

Roger Damgaard possesses a broad and highly regarded corporate practice with particular expertise in bankruptcy and creditors' rights. He enjoys a fine reputation for his creditor representation in some of South Dakota's most prominent bankruptcy matters.

Bradley Grossenburg is highly esteemed for his trusts and estate planning work and is a go-to attorney in the market for complex tax matters.

James Wiederrich has "a wealth of experience in almost every area of corporate and commercial practice." He has a particularly strong focus on advising agricultural clients on a variety of commercial matters.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Well-reputed full-service law firm with offices in Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Represents clients both locally and nationally on a variety of matters, including commercial and agricultural acquisitions and convenience store transactions.

Strengths "They have a group of lawyers who are very experienced," reports one impressed source.

Notable practitioners  

The "very capable" John Raforth has extensive experience in trusts and estates issues and is highly regarded for his tax and transactional strengths.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Highly regarded firm with a strong practice in banking M&A and regulatory work. Notable areas of expertise include credit card banking and bankruptcy.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Sanford comes recommended for his work in the trusts arena and is also regularly called upon for his advice on insurance matters. He acts for a wide variety of clients and is a fine choice of counsel for financial institutions.

Scott Perrenoud is described by one market source as "very capable, intelligent and easy to work with." His broad practice covers all manner of commercial transactions, and he frequently works with both bank and non-bank lenders on secured loans. He is also highly regarded for his expertise in bankruptcy matters.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Established corporate practice regularly representing banks and a range of other financial institutions. Areas of expertise include complex M&A transactions and contracts. Also noted for its work on behalf of family businesses and clients in the agribusiness arena. 

Notable practitioners  

Richard Cutler is "very knowledgeable in business matters," sources report. He has an extensive practice, covering commercial transactions, corporate taxation matters and trusts protection planning.

Steve Sarbacker is recognized for his strengths in transactional matters and is also regularly called upon to provide counsel on real estate issues.

Ryan Taylor is noted for his extensive work in the renewable energy market. He also acts as corporate counsel to both regional and local companies across an expansive variety of sectors, including telecommunication.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Full-service Rapid City firm providing a strong transactional practice and acting for a variety of clients, including corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships. Notable experience in estate planning and administration, creditors' rights and agricultural law.

Notable practitioners  

Patrick Goetzinger is "a very well thought of, capable and intelligent attorney," interviewees attest. His corporate practice stretches across commercial transactions and real estate matters, and he is particularly noted for his work on behalf of family businesses.  

Crisman Palmer comes recommended for his strong banking practice and is also highly regarded for his skills as a litigator. Sources praise his "sound judgment" and "very wide knowledge base."

David Lust is highlighted for his skills in business planning matters, acting for both individuals and large organizations. He is also noted for his corporate disputes capabilities.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Strong corporate team with an experienced bench of attorneys regularly handling complex M&A and other corporate transactional matters. Clients include both public and privately owned companies, as well as closely held businesses. Broad-ranging sector expertise, covering financial services, manufacturing and energy, among others.

Strengths One impressed interviewee comments: "I love their responsiveness. They are willing to listen and really understand the issues and try and find common-sense solutions; they have the fortitude to look for the right solution and not just a quick fix."

Work highlights Assisted Total Card in the creation of two new credit card products. This included drafting the cardholder agreement, card application and the website disclosures, and also ensuring marketing compliance with federal law.

Acted for Black Hills Power in a utility rates matter, successfully representing the company in the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission in a hearing which approved its revenue increase and also prevented a rehearing.

Significant clients Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power.

Notable practitioners  

Amy Arndt is highly commended by an interviewee, who states: "She is tenacious and a very hard worker." Arndt has a strong corporate finance practice, advising her varied clientele across all manner of business law issues. She is particularly noted for her expertise on securities matters.

The "very highly regarded" Lee Magnuson is a reputable figure in the commercial arena and has more than three decades of experience advising on transactional matters. He is particularly noted for his work with public utility companies.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Strongly valued Sioux Falls corporate and commercial team. Varied practice including specialties in all matters relating to business formation, M&A and trusts and estates.

Notable practitioners  

One source describes Vance Goldammer as "very knowledgeable," adding that he "represents clients very professionally." His expertise covers corporate transactions as well as commercial real estate matters.

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Senior Statesmen

Cutler Law Firm

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Cutler is "very knowledgeable in business matters," sources report. He has an extensive practice, covering commercial transactions, corporate taxation matters and trusts protection planning.

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Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "extremely competent" Jonathan Brown is noted for his expertise in contracts work related to business acquisitions and sales, and is also regularly called upon to advise on business formation for a variety of clients including limited liability companies. One impressed client says: "Jon has a depth of experience that makes him a very effective lawyer."

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Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Roger Damgaard possesses a broad and highly regarded corporate practice with particular expertise in bankruptcy and creditors' rights. He enjoys a fine reputation for his creditor representation in some of South Dakota's most prominent bankruptcy matters.

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Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Patrick Goetzinger is "a very well thought of, capable and intelligent attorney," interviewees attest. His corporate practice stretches across commercial transactions and real estate matters, and he is particularly noted for his work on behalf of family businesses.  

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Redstone Law Firm LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

One source describes Vance Goldammer as "very knowledgeable," adding that he "represents clients very professionally." His expertise covers corporate transactions as well as commercial real estate matters.

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Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Bradley Grossenburg is highly esteemed for his trusts and estate planning work and is a go-to attorney in the market for complex tax matters.

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Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Gullickson is one of the firm's preeminent financial regulatory attorneys, and is noted for his advice to clients in lending transactions, bank acquisitions and branching.

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Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

One client praises Douglas Hajek for being "very thorough and responsive." Hajek's highly regarded practice includes advising banking and corporate clients on transactional matters and also public finance work, and he regularly serves as bond counsel to a wide range of clients.

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Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Hayes has a longstanding practice in creditors' rights and bankruptcy work. One delighted client describes him as "an expert in his field and incredibly prompt."

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Lindquist & Vennum LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very highly regarded" Lee Magnuson is a reputable figure in the commercial arena and has more than three decades of experience advising on transactional matters. He is particularly noted for his work with public utility companies.

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Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very versatile and well thought ofTerry Prendergast is noted for his extensive trusts work across the state. His practice also covers captive insurance formations.

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Cadwell Sanford Deibert & Garry LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Sanford comes recommended for his work in the trusts arena and is also regularly called upon for his advice on insurance matters. He acts for a wide variety of clients and is a fine choice of counsel for financial institutions.

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Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith PC

From the Chambers USA guide

James Wiederrich has "a wealth of experience in almost every area of corporate and commercial practice." He has a particularly strong focus on advising agricultural clients on a variety of commercial matters.

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Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Donohue has a strong focus in trust and estate matters, including dynasty trusts. His varied client base includes both small and large corporations.

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Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Keith Gauer is recognized for his strengths in bankruptcy matters, including creditors' rights law, and enjoys a fine track record for his work on behalf of banking clients. Sources describe him as "very knowledgeable and very resourceful in providing advice."

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Greenfield Rotert Law PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregg Greenfield of Greenfield Rotert Law PC has a wide-ranging practice, which includes assisting closely held businesses in succession planning. He is also noted for his deep real estate experience.

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Cadwell Sanford Deibert & Garry LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Perrenoud is described by one market source as "very capable, intelligent and easy to work with." His broad practice covers all manner of commercial transactions, and he frequently works with both bank and non-bank lenders on secured loans. He is also highly regarded for his expertise in bankruptcy matters.

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Bangs, McCullen, Butler, Foye & Simmons, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very capable" John Raforth has extensive experience in trusts and estates issues and is highly regarded for his tax and transactional strengths.

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Cutler Law Firm

From the Chambers USA guide

Steve Sarbacker is recognized for his strengths in transactional matters and is also regularly called upon to provide counsel on real estate issues.

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Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Haven Stuck of Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun PC has longstanding experience in both corporate and real estate matters, and is noted for his strengths in financings, transactions and tax issues. He is particularly noted for his counsel to lenders on complex loan matters.

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Lindquist & Vennum LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Amy Arndt is highly commended by an interviewee, who states: "She is tenacious and a very hard worker." Arndt has a strong corporate finance practice, advising her varied clientele across all manner of business law issues. She is particularly noted for her expertise on securities matters.

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Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dixie Hieb is highlighted as being "very knowledgeable on banking and compliance." Her practice also covers trust work. One client says: "She is an exceptional attorney - competent, responsive and thorough."

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Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Lust is highlighted for his skills in business planning matters, acting for both individuals and large organizations. He is also noted for his corporate disputes capabilities.

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Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Crisman Palmer comes recommended for his strong banking practice and is also highly regarded for his skills as a litigator. Sources praise his "sound judgment" and "very wide knowledge base."

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Greenfield Rotert Law PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Sherri Rotert of Greenfield Rotert Law PC has a practice largely focused on transactional work. She has a broad client base including private and public universities and venture capitalists.

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Cutler Law Firm

From the Chambers USA guide

Ryan Taylor is noted for his extensive work in the renewable energy market. He also acts as corporate counsel to both regional and local companies across an expansive variety of sectors, including telecommunication.

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