Olivia R. Karns

Olivia R. Karns

South Dakota Corporate and Business Lawyer

My Story

Olivia Karns is a South Dakota corporate and business lawyer at Davenport Evans. Her practice at Davenport Evans includes corporate and business law, banking and financial services, and e-commerce, internet and cyber law.

A native of Fairbanks, Alaska, Olivia joined the firm in 2018. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and her law degree from the University of Iowa Law School. While at the University of Iowa, Olivia was a member of Iowa’s Moot Court Board and traveling team, the Administrative Editor on the Journal of Corporation Law, and research assistant to Professor Herbert Hovenkamp. Prior to Law School, Olivia was staff to one of Alaska’s Senators in Washington, D.C. and to the Minnesota House of Representatives in St. Paul.

Outside of work, Olivia serves on the Board of Directors for the Eastern South Dakota Chapter of the America Red Cross. She likes to spend her time camping, hiking, fishing and rushing out to ski when the snow is good! She is also enjoying living in Sioux Falls, where her husband grew up, and spending time with friends and family.

Position: Associate
Direct: (605) 357-1266

Professional Experience

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP 
Associate: 2018 – present


Gustavus Adolphus College 
(B.A., magna cum laude, 2011) 

University of Iowa Law School 
(J.D., 2018) 

Professional Memberships

State Bar of South Dakota
American Bar Association


Admitted to Practice (State): 
South Dakota 


Recipient of “Best Brief” in Appellate Advocacy: The University of Iowa Law School (2018)

Administrative Editor, The Journal of Corporation Law (2018)

Author, The Potential Effects of Sturgeon v. Frost on Alaska Native Corporations,43 J. Corp. L. 965 (2018)

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