Eric C. Schulte

Eric C. Schulte

South Dakota Litigation Lawyer

My Story

South Dakota lawyer Eric Schulte joined Davenport Evans in 2000. When it comes to lawyers people feel comfortable with, Eric ranks near the top. He assists clients facing general civil litigation in cases ranging from auto accidents to occasional criminal matters to contract disputes. Eric also does extensive insurance defense work.

Eric was named Lawyer of the Year by the 2nd Circuit Bar Association, in 2017. He has been named a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, and received a Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Peer Rating, indicating the attorney is widely respected for high professional achievement and ethical standards. He has also been selected by Best Lawyers® in the areas of Litigation – Construction and Litigation – Insurance, by Great Plains Super Lawyers in the area of Insurance Coverage, and Chambers and Partners in the area of Litigation: General Commercial. In 2020, Eric was selected to become a member of the International Society of Barristers.

Eric was President of the State Bar of South Dakota from 2015-2016. He serves on the Bar’s Law School and Legal Services Committees. Eric also serves on the board for East River Legal Services and is the President of the Executive Board for The Banquet in Sioux Falls.

Position: Partner
Direct: (605) 357-1241

Professional Experience

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP 
Partner: 2006 – present
Associate: 2000 – 2005 

Judicial Law Clerk, Second Judicial Circuit, Sioux Falls, SD, 1999-2000


University of South Dakota 
(B.A., 1994) 

University of South Dakota School of Law 
(J.D., 1999)

Professional Memberships

Second Judicial Circuit
Bar Association (President, 2005 – 2006)
State Bar of South Dakota (President, 2015 – present)
South Dakota Trial Association
South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association
Defense Research Institute
East River Legal Services Board (2012 – present)
American Bar Association
International Association of Defense Counsel International Society of Barristers


Admitted to Practice (State): 
South Dakota, 2000 

Admitted to Practice (Federal): 
United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2002
United States District Court, District of South Dakota, 2001


President, State Bar of South Dakota, 2015 – 2016

Young Lawyer of the Year, 2005

Advisory Board President, The Banquet, 2012 – 2013

Protecting what you’ve built.

Phone Numbers

Driving Directions

Davenport Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP

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