Banking and Financial Services

Due to its nationally-recognized pro-banking business climate, South Dakota attracts major regional and national leaders in the financial services industry. Many are surprised to find that South Dakota also offers highly-qualified lawyers with sophisticated practices in specialized areas of commercial law. Davenport Evans offers banking and compliance attorneys with diverse backgrounds serving clients ranging from community banks to multi-national institutions.

South Dakota ranks #1 in banking assets among all states, with South Dakota-based banks holding over $3.1 trillion in assets at year-end 2018. Major credit and prepaid card issuers and related processing and service providers are based in South Dakota, and Davenport Evans has provided legal counsel to many of these industry leaders during a forty-year period of unparalleled growth and prosperity.

Contact our Banking and Financial Services attorneys:  Charles D. GullicksonRobert E. Hayes, Dixie K. HiebKeith A. Gauer, Tiffany M. Miller, Douglas J. Hajek, Anthony M. Hohn, Joel R. Rische, and Terry N. Prendergast.

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Davenport Evans Banking and Financial Services

Davenport Evans is committed to providing a full range of legal services to financial industry clients in a timely and cost-efficient manner. We share your focus on quality and service through strong, individualized working relationships.

Davenport Evans represents banks and their marketing partners in all phases of federal and state banking law and regulatory compliance including:


  • bank acquisitions and mergers
  • branch banking
  • regulatory compliance
  • creditors’ rights
  • commercial litigation
  • prepaid and credit card programs
  • subprime lending
  • financial privacy
  • bank-vendor relationships
  • strategic planning
  • unclaimed property

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Articles on Banking and Financial Services

Best Lawyers® 2024 Recognizes 18 Davenport Evans Lawyers

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Supreme Court Clarifies Fraud Exception to Debt Discharge

Federal appellate courts have long been split on the scope of the fraud exception to the dischargeability of debts in bankruptcy proceedings. The U.S. Supreme Court recently provided clarity on that issue, holding that debt based on fraud committed by a debtor’s...

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Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Spotlight: Tiffany Miller

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FTC v. Employers: Do Banks Have a Dog in the Fight?

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Uniform Commercial Code Amendments: Correcting Misconceptions

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Credit Card Penalty Fee Proposed Rule – Additional Considerations

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Counterfeit vs. Altered Checks

According to most history texts, checks were first used sometime in the early 1500s in the Netherlands, and likely, check fraud was not far behind. In 1762, the Court of the King’s Bench in England decided Price v. Neal, establishing the fundamental principles and...

Suspicious Activity – Will You Know It When You See It?

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A Primer on Permissible Bank Investments

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Cramming Down Interest Rates in an Era of High Inflation

In 2004, the United States Supreme Court was faced with the question of whether a debtor could “cram down” the interest rate applicable to a secured creditor’s claim by using a “prime-plus” formula approach. In Till v. SCS Credit Corp., a Chapter 13 case, the debtors...

Best Lawyers® 2023 Recognizes 17 Davenport Evans Lawyers

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