Alayna A. Holmstrom
Alayna A. Holmstrom
South Dakota Litigation Attorney
Alayna Holmstrom is a South Dakota commercial litigation attorney at Davenport Evans. Originally from Rapid City, South Dakota, Alayna joined the firm in 2020. She practices in the areas of Commercial and Complex Litigation, Plaintiff’s Litigation, Insurance Litigation, Employment Litigation, Trust Litigation, Labor and Employment, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights, and Family Law. Alayna also serves as a Criminal Justice Act attorney for the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota. These federal criminal cases come through appointment by the Court under the Criminal Justice Act.
Alayna assists both large and small businesses, as well as individuals, with claims arising out of commercial transactions. Alayna has helped businesses assert and defend their contractual rights in commercial disputes in both state and federal court. Alayna also has substantial experience representing clients in trust and estate litigation.
Alayna graduated from the honors program at the University of South Dakota in 2015. She received her J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 2018, graduating with Sterling Honors, summa cum laude. During law school, Alayna was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the graduation award given to the graduate who has been determined to best represent a combination of scholarship and leadership. Alayna also served as a staff writer of the South Dakota Law Review, co-president of Trial Team, and research assistant to Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Tiffany Graham. Following graduation, Alayna served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Karen E. Schreier of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota.
Outside of work, Alayna volunteers as a mentor through the Sioux52 Mentoring Initiative and the Bartlett Foundation, and serves as a member of the Sioux Falls Civil Service Board. She is also an active member of the South Dakota Bar Association, serving on the Federal Practice Committee and Indian Law Committee. She enjoys traveling, hiking, sports, and spending time with her family and friends.
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Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP is pleased to announce the addition of a new attorney, Alayna A. Holmstrom, to the firm. A native of Rapid City, South Dakota, Alayna Homstrom joined the firm as an associate attorney in September 2020. She is a graduate of the...
Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP
Associate: 2020 – present
Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Karen E. Schreier, U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota: 2018-2020
University of South Dakota
(B.S., Honors Program, magna cum laude, 2015)
University of South Dakota School of Law
(J.D., Sterling Honors Graduate, summa cum laude, 2018)
State Bar of South Dakota
Admitted to Practice (State):
South Dakota, 2019
Admitted to Practice (Federal):
United States District Court, District of South Dakota, 2020
Award Recipient: ALI-CLE Graduation Award given to the graduate who has been determined to best represent a combination of scholarship and leadership (2018);
Lawrence & Catherine Piersol Award for 1st place in the South Dakota Law Review Write-On Competition (2017); South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association Award for demonstrating consistent excellence in trial advocacy at the University of South Dakota School of Law (2018).
Dean’s Certificate for Outstanding Performance/CALI Awards: Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Trial Techniques, Discovery Practice, Indian Law, Modern Real Estate, Antitrust Law, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Tribal Courts and Tribal Law, Nonprofit Organizations, and Bar Exam Preparation.
Author: Big Brother Isn’t Watching: How State v. Jones Transformed What One Can See with a Naked Eye Into a Fourth Amendment Search, 63 South Dakota Law Review 450 (2018).
Scholarship Recipient: Dave Curington Criminal Procedure Award; Donald R. Shultz Award; Fred & Luzella Cozad Award; Gayla Gull Worthington Award for integrity and outstanding service to USD School of Law.
Staff Writer, South Dakota Law Review, Volume 63 (2017-2018)
Co-President, USD School of Law Trial Team (2017-2018)
Research Assistant to Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Tiffany Graham, (2016-2018)
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