Joel R. Rische

Joel R. Rische

South Dakota Litigation Attorney

My Story

Joel Rische is a South Dakota litigation attorney at Davenport Evans. Joel’s focus is on commercial litigation in both state and federal court, especially business litigation and real and personal property disputes. Joel also assists clients with liens, creditors’ rights matters, and post-judgment collection. Joel has successfully helped clients resolve adverse claims against property rights and helped businesses assert and defend their contractual rights in a variety of commercial disputes.

Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Joel clerked for the Honorable Roberto A. Lange in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota in Pierre. He proudly claims Wessington Springs, South Dakota, as his home town, and graduated from the University of South Dakota and the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Joel is board president of the Sioux Falls Arts Council and volunteers with the Sioux Empire Teen Court juvenile diversion program.  Outside of work, Joel enjoys traveling with his wife, Jackelyn, and their son, playing the drums, and motorcycling.

Position: Partner
Direct: (605) 357-1259
Email: [email protected]


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2023 Davenport Evans Banking Seminar Features Dr. Ashley Podhradsky

Thank you to all who joined us for the 16th Annual Davenport Evans Banking Seminar, Friday, April 21, at The Country Club of Sioux Falls. Click on the images below, or click through the image viewer, for photos from the day. The seminar began with a hot breakfast and...

Davenport Evans Emmy Winners Share Awards Night Picks

With the 74th Annual Emmy Awards airing tonight on NBC, Davenport Evans thought it might be fun to introduce you to our two Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Award-winning lawyers, Dillon Kober and Joel Rische. We asked them about their award-winning projects and their...

Davenport Evans Announces New Partner Joel Rische

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP is pleased to announce that Joel R. Rische has become a partner in the firm. Joel R. Rische, is a member of the firm’s litigation section, having joined the firm in 2015. Joel’s focus is on commercial litigation in both state...

Professional Experience

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP 
Partner: 2021 – present
Associate: 2015 – 2020

Judicial Law Clerk to Honorable Roberto A. Lange, 2014-2015


University of South Dakota 
(B.S., 2005) 

University of Nebraska College of Law 
(J.D., with Highest Distinction, Order of the Coif, 2014)

Professional Memberships

State Bar of South Dakota


Admitted to Practice (State): 
South Dakota, 2015


Executive Editor, Nebraska Law Review, (2013-2014)

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