About Us

The attorneys of Davenport Evans are committed to client success. One of South Dakota’s oldest, largest, and most highly respected law firms, Davenport Evans offers its clients a wealth of experience across a wide range of practice areas. Our attorneys are recognized by Martindale-HubbellSuper LawyersU.S. News – Best Lawyers®Chambers and PartnersBenchmark Litigation, and AM Best.

Davenport Evans is unique in that it has attracted top lawyers from across the region, each of whom brings diverse experiences, areas of practice, and legal specializations to one location in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Davenport Evans routinely represents national clients on major transactions and in complex litigation matters.

Founded in 1939 by four of South Dakota’s premier lawyers, Davenport Evans has led the state in developing separate business and litigation sections and specific areas of attorney expertise. Our experienced litigation attorneys are battle-tested in both federal and state trial courts as well as in courts of appeal. Our litigation team also has extensive experience before federal and state administrative tribunals. Our business attorneys have in-depth experience in a wide range of commercial matters and are able to provide clients with one-stop counsel for numerous corporate, banking, and individual business needs. Committed to excellence, Davenport Evans is dedicated to being a trusted advocate and advisor to our clients. Rely on Davenport Evans to Protect What You’ve Built.

Davenport Evans Culture & History

Argus Leader: Law Firm’s Home Was Early Sioux Falls Hospital

In 1939, Holton Davenport and Ellsworth Evans formed what would become one of the region’s oldest and largest law firms.  With the addition of Louis Hurwitz and Deming Smith, the firm grew to become a leader in both litigation and commercial law.  The founders’ vision of a firm based on integrity, expertise, and a tireless commitment to client success lives on today.

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith has celebrated over 80 years in the practice of law. The firm’s attorneys wish to express their thanks to the businesses, families, and individuals who have placed their trust in Davenport Evans. To our many clients and friends– thank you. You have been the key to our success, and we remain unceasingly dedicated to yours.

Founders

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Davenport Evans was established in 1939 by attorneys Holton Davenport and Ellsworth Evans. A Boston attorney, Davenport moved to Sioux Falls to be near family. At Davenport’s request, Evans, a former South Dakota State’s Attorney and Assistant Attorney General, joined the practice, which later welcomed attorneys Louis Hurwitz and Deming Smith.

Today, Davenport Evans is home to 32 attorneys, several of whom worked alongside founding partners. Our founders are remembered often in meetings with recollections of their approach to a challenge, a favorite joke, or memories of long hours spent reviewing a case. The firm’s dedication to excellence, strong work ethic and providing value to its clients has not changed.

Our Building

Davenport Evans offices are located at the corner of 14th Street and Main Avenue in Sioux Falls, SD, in the former Moe Hospital.  Built in 1917 by Dr. Anton J. Moe and his wife Frances Favor Moe, the hospital included two operating rooms, an obstetrical room, a laboratory and a dietary kitchen, as well as a Nurses’ Home, laundry, engineer’s residence and garage.  The 5-floor hospital building was described as “a modern, all-fireproof structure of handsome architecture of cream colored brick” with “a beautifully designed and finished interior of Italian and Tennessee marble.”

The Moe Hospital building went through several incarnations before being purchased by Davenport Evans in 1982. The law firm has added to and remodeled the former hospital over the years and has now completed renovations.  The Davenport Evans building serves as a proud reminder of the firm’s long history and tradition of excellence. More on the history of Moe Hospital from the book “Forgotten Sioux Falls” by Eric Renshaw, and ArgusLeader.com.

Community Involvement

Dedicated to community, members of the firm serve on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, and the firm’s charitable giving ranges from health care research to services for at-risk populations to the arts and education. The firm’s unwavering advocacy and commitment to excellence demonstrates a devotion to giving clients and community its very best. Click here to see a list of a few community organizations and volunteer activities supported by Davenport Evans. Visit our News page to read about our on-going service projects and how you can join us in supporting the community.