Rita M. Edwards

Rita M. Edwards

South Dakota Financial Services Lawyer

My Story

Rita Edwards is a native of Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Her practice focuses on representing bank and financial institution clients in delivery of financial services and transactional documentation. Her experience includes negotiation and drafting of loan documents, participation agreements and other commercial transactions. Rita has worked extensively with third party vendor management, including product and services contract negotiation and review. She also consults on real estate transactions including leases.

Rita’s community involvement includes general nonprofit business consulting and support of organizations focused on development and delivery of affordable housing. She has served on local, state and national boards and committees for Habitat for Humanity, and currently participates in a state-wide affordable housing advocacy group, Homes for South Dakota. She also serves on the Council of Trustees and Board of Governors of the South Dakota State University Foundation, and is a director and past president of Prairie Repertory Theatre, Inc.

Position: Of Counsel
Direct: (605) 357-1296
Email: [email protected]

Professional Experience

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP 
Of Counsel: 2016 – present

Home Federal Bank 
Vice President and Corporate Counsel


South Dakota State University 
(B.A., with honor, 1981) 

University of Maryland School of Law 
(J.D., 1992)

Professional Memberships

State Bar of South Dakota


Admitted to Practice (State): 
South Dakota, 1999

Admitted to Practice (Federal): 
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 1994


Editor-in-Chief, Maryland Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues, 1991 – 1992

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