Argus Leader: Young Attorney of the Year Embraces Opportunities
September 13, 2016 | dehs
The Sioux Falls Argus Leader interviewed Davenport Evans Lawyer Anthony M. Hohn for a September 12 Monday Q&A feature. Hohn was named Young Attorney of the Year by the State Bar of South Dakota in 2016.
This week’s Monday Q&A features Anthony Hohn, a partner at Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP working in the firm’s litigation section. A Sioux Falls native, he graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and from law school at the University of South Dakota.
Answer: Two things: the firm’s clients and my colleagues. I get to work with great people every day, whether it’s who I’m working for or who I’m working with. I really enjoy the clients I get a chance to serve, some of whom I talk to nearly every day. As for my colleagues, I consider myself lucky to work with a diverse group of talented and dedicated people, many of whom are not just my partners but my friends and mentors as well. My father-in-law is also one on my law partners which, if you know my father-in-law, you would realize is a good thing.
Q: What prompted you to enter your field?
A: The thought of being a lawyer always intrigued me, but I never really had the desire to do it — until I was about to graduate from college and realized I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. Once in law school, I figured I would be a transactional lawyer until a professor convinced me to try competing on USD’s trial team. I reluctantly agreed. That experience taught me I that I actually enjoyed being in the courtroom, which led to my work in litigation.
Q: You recently were named Young Attorney of the Year by the South Dakota Bar Association. What would you say has been your biggest surprise about the beginning of your career?
A: Looking back at my first eight years in practice, I am surprised by how many opportunities I was given to do actual legal work right away. I was not hidden in an office somewhere reviewing documents; I was meeting with clients, taking depositions, participating in trials and, most importantly, watching my mentors do all of those things. Having those opportunities is rare, especially at a relatively larger law firm.
Q: What motivates you to be active in your community or profession?
A: Having grown up in Sioux Falls, I have a great deal of pride in our community. We are lucky to live in a city where people help one another and place an emphasis on making our community stronger. I think it’s important for all of us to be active participants in that process.
Q: Do you have a certain service organization or charity you like to support?
A: I served on the board of directors for the Teddy Bear Den and the Family Visitation Center for a number of years. Both organizations provide vital services for families in our community, so they are at the top of my list when it comes to giving.
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: My wife and I enjoy spending time downtown, so on the weekends you’ll often find us hanging out at one of the many local restaurants. I’m also an avid sports and music fan, so I spend more time than I would like to admit rooting on my teams, the Chicago Cubs and Nebraska Cornhuskers, and attending live music in the area. We also try to travel as much as our schedules allow.
Q: What do you like about living in Sioux Falls?
A: I think Sioux Falls has a great blend of small-town convenience and larger-city amenities. You can find great local food, art and entertainment without having to give up knowing your neighbors or having a safe place to raise your family. There’s always progress to be made, but I think we’re trending in the right direction.
Q: What can Sioux Falls do to attract more young professionals?
A: Having job opportunities only goes so far. Young people want to move to a progressive city with opportunities for urban living, outdoor activities and entertainment. That means making downtown development a priority. Sioux Falls has done a great job doing just that in recent years thanks to the vision of community and business leaders, and that must continue if the city expects to attract — and retain — young professionals.
Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is one of the State’s largest law firms. The firm’s attorneys provide business and litigation counsel to individuals and corporate clients in a variety of practice areas. For more information about Davenport Evans, visit www.dehs.com.