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.
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 of" Terry Prendergast is noted for his extensive trusts work across the state. His practice also covers captive insurance formations.