Mitchell A. Peterson

Mitchell A. Peterson

South Dakota Litigation Lawyer

My Story

South Dakota lawyer Mitch Peterson is a partner focused on commercial litigation. As such, he assists both large and small clients, as well as individuals, with claims arising out of commercial transactions. He also does a significant amount of general litigation work for both companies and individuals.

This work includes litigation, trials, arbitration, and appellate work in the following areas: conditional use permits and variances, confidential information, construction, contracts, copyright, corporate/ownership, estate/probate, land use, non-competition and non-solicitation, non-disclosure agreements, product liability, professional services/negligence (legal, architectural, engineering, accounting, software development, financial services), real estate, sales of businesses, sales  of goods, technology/software, trade secrets, trademark, trust administration, wrongful death, and zoning.

Mitch Peterson has received a Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Peer Rating, indicating the attorney is widely respected for high professional achievement and ethical standards. He was twice named Best Lawyers® Litigation – Insurance “Lawyer of the Year” for Sioux Falls, SD, in 2016 and 2019. Best Lawyers® also recognizes him for high caliber work in three practice areas: Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, and Litigation – Insurance. Chambers and Partners also listed Mitch as an “Up and Coming” attorney in 2015 and 2016, and from 2018 forward identifies him as a top-ranked attorney in Litigation: General Commercial. In 2019, Mitch was accepted as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an invitation-only association of jury trial advocates.

Position: Partner
Direct: (605) 357-1242

Professional Experience

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP 
Partner: 2008 – present 
Associate: 2002 – 2007


University of South Dakota 
(B.S., summa cum laude, 1999) 

Vanderbilt University Law School
(J.D., 2002)

Professional Memberships

State Bar of South Dakota
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
South Dakota Defense Lawyers
Defense Research Institute


Admitted to Practice (State): 
South Dakota, 2002 
Minnesota, 2004


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