Ashley G. Blake

Ashley G. Blake

South Dakota Trust Company Attorney

My Story

Ashley Blake is a South Dakota trust company and trusts and estates attorney at Davenport Evans. Ashley’s practice focusses on trust company creation and compliance and trust administration and litigation. Ashley’s practice also includes estate planning and probate and internet and cyber law.

Trust Companies

Ashley regularly helps clients with the creation and compliance of trust companies, both public and private, under South Dakota law.  Ashley has worked with a wide-variety of different types of trust companies, and her work in this area includes helping obtain public and private South Dakota trust company charters for clients, drafting necessary policies and procedures for trust companies, and working with trust companies on an extensive range of post-charter compliance issues, from responding to regulatory exams to complying with new statutes, administrative rules, and regulatory guidance.  Along with her trust company compliance work, Ashley also helps her trust company clients with their many trust administration issues.

Trust Administration & Litigation

Ashley’s practice also includes assisting clients with a vast array of trust administration issues including modification, decanting, division, merger, consolidation, severance, termination, removal or appointment of trustee, advisor, or trust protector, changing situs and governing law, and numerous other issues.  She regularly reviews trusts drafted by out of state attorneys for South Dakota validity and provides guidance to her trust administration clients on the requirements of South Dakota trust law.  Ashley helps her clients achieve their objectives both non-judicially and through formal court approval.  She also assists clients in trust litigation when matters are contested. Ashley has worked with numerous ultra-high net-worth clients on a variety of trust issues, from consent-based matters to highly contested litigation.

Estate Planning and Probate

Ashley also assists clients with estate planning and probate issues, including drafting trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and premarital agreements, working on transition plans for closely held businesses, and helping clients proceed through the probate process.

Internet & Cyber Law

A final focus of Ashley’s practice is cyber law.  Along with being well-known for her trust and trust company work, Ashley is also known for her cyber law acumen.  She regularly assists clients with the legal side of digital issues that affect their businesses, including privacy policies and terms of use for websites, e-commerce, digital contracts including digital service and hosting agreements, domain disputes, online marketing compliance, software contracts, data breaches, and a wide variety of other digital issues.

About Ashley

Originally from Sioux Falls, Ashley graduated with honors and a dual-major from Harvard University.  She obtained her JD, ranked first in her class, and with Sterling Honors, from the University of South Dakota School of Law.  In law school, Ashley received an unprecedented 23 Dean’s Certificates for Outstanding Performance/CALI Awards for the top grade of any student in her classes and obtained the first and second only perfect semesters in the history of the law school.  Ashley was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the prestigious Gavel Award and Everett Bogue Scholarship. She served as the Lead Articles Editor on her school’s law review, was a graduate assistant for Dean Tiffany Graham and Professor Frank Pommersheim, and founded and served as president of the Internet and Cyber Law Society organization at her law school.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys running, hiking, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and dog.

Position: Associate
Direct: (605) 357-1222
Email: [email protected]

Professional Experience

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP 
Associate: 2016 – present

Education

Harvard University 
(B.A., with Honors, 2009) 

University of South Dakota School of Law 
(J.D., Sterling Honor Graduate, 2016)

Professional Memberships

State Bar of South Dakota
American Bar Association

Licensure

Admitted to Practice (State): 
South Dakota, 2016

Accomplishments

Dean’s Certificate for Outstanding Performance/CALI Awards: Trusts & Wills; Employment Law; Media & Communications Law; Contracts I & II; Federal Income Tax; Property I, Federal Tax Procedure; Constitutional Law; Insurance; First Amendment Rights; Advanced Torts; Nonprofit Organizations; Business Entity Taxation; Criminal Law; Fundamental Legal Skills I & II; Civil Procedure I & II; Torts II; Criminal Procedure; Evidence; and Indian Law.

Lead Articles Editor, South Dakota Law Review, Vol. 61 (2015-2016)

Author: “I Don’t Understand Anything”: An Analysis of Why State v. Diaz Was Misguided and May Lead to An Erosion of Miranda and Its Progeny’s Protections for Juveniles in South Dakota, 60 South Dakota Law Review 144 (2015)

Award Recipient: Gavel Award, 2016; Lawrence & Catherine Piersol Award for 1st Place in Law Review Write-On Competition, 2013; R.D. Hurd Award for Best Appellant Brief at Sam Masten Moot Court Tournament (2013)

Scholarship Recipient: Everett Bogue Scholarship; Alan Bogue Legal Writing Scholarship Award; Dave Curlington Criminal Procedure Scholarship Award; Donald Shultz Scholarship; Gary G. Colbath Scholarship Award; Robert V. Burns Award; Edward Hope Scholarship

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Davenport Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP

206 West 14th Street
P.O. Box 1030
Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1030