Michael L. Snyder

Michael L. Snyder

South Dakota Litigation Lawyer

My Story

Mike Snyder is a litigation attorney at Davenport Evans. Originally from Pierre, SD, Mike joined the firm in 2016 as a member of the firm’s litigation section and became a partner in 2022. His practice focuses primarily on commercial and complex litigation, workers’ compensation, and insurance litigation.

Mike interned with the firm in the summer of 2013 and is a 2014 graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law, where he graduated first in his class and served as editor-in-chief of the South Dakota Law Review and as a research assistant to Professor Christine Hutton. Following graduation, Mike served as a law clerk for the Honorable Karen E. Schreier of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota.

Mike was selected to the Great Plains Rising Stars 2020 and 2021 in the area of Business Litigation by Great Plains Super Lawyers. Each year, no more than 2.5% of lawyers in a state are selected for this honor.

Outside of work, Mike enjoys running, reading, camping, cooking, and following the Arsenal Football Club.

Position: Partner
Direct: (605) 357-1294
Email: [email protected]

Michael L. Snyder Super Lawyers Rising Stars


The Risks of Employee Wellness Plan Incentives and Penalties

Employers who offer more than minimal incentives (or who impose more than minimal penalties) to encourage employee participation in workplace wellness programs could be taking significant risks. Davenport Evans litigation attorney Mike Snyder explains. Yale University...

Davenport Evans Announces New Partner Mike Snyder

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP is pleased to announce that Michael L. Snyder has become a partner in the firm. Mike Snyder is a litigation attorney at Davenport Evans. Mike’s practice consists primarily of commercial and complex litigation, workers’...

Professional Experience

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP
Partner: 2022 – present
Associate: 2016 – 2021

Judicial Law Clerk to Honorable Karen E. Schreier, U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota


Minnesota State University Moorhead 
(B.A., 2007) 

University of South Dakota School of Law 
(J.D., Sterling Honors, 2014)

Professional Memberships

State Bar of South Dakota
American Bar Association


Admitted to Practice (State):
South Dakota, 2016

Admitted to Practice (Federal):
United States District Court, District of South Dakota, 2017


Editor-in-Chief, University of South Dakota Law Review, Volume 59

Author: Katz-ing Up and (Not) Losing Place: Tracking the Fourth Amendment Implications of United States v. Jonesand Prolonged GPS Monitoring, 58 S.D. L. Rev. 158 (2013).

Joseph N. Spencer III Award, South Dakota Law Review, Outstanding Student Submission, Spring 2013

Lawrence & Catherine Piersol Award, South Dakota Law Review Write-On, Spring 2012

“Final Four” Participant in the 2012 Sam Masten Moot Court Competition

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