Sarah Richardson Larson

Sarah Richardson Larson

South Dakota Trusts and Estates Attorney

My Story

When it comes to estate planning and probate, Sarah is among those whom clients, financial advisers and other lawyers frequently look to for advice and guidance. Sarah is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and has been a member of and headed both the Sioux Falls Estate Planning Council and the State Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. In addition to her recognized work in estate planning and trust administration, Sarah also provides clients with assistance in elder law and employee benefit plans.

Sarah has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, for the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards. She has a Band 1 individual ranking in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide, with one Chambers commentator noting, “She is wonderful, amazing, excellent – does a good job with any type of estate planning. She’s really a great lawyer and one of the most prominent trust lawyers in the state. She’s always been an excellent, grade-A trusts and estates lawyer.” Sarah has also been selected to Best Lawyers® in the areas of Trusts and Estates, and Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, and has been ranked in the top 5% of practicing attorneys in South Dakota by Great Plains Super Lawyers in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate, and Elder Law.

Just as Sarah is recognized for her legal practice, she is also noted for her support of and service in community activities. Sarah currently serves as the 2020-2021 Chair of the Issues Management Council for the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. Just a sampling of the organizations for which she has been a board member or officer include, the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of CommerceSioux Empire United WayUniversity of Sioux Falls FoundationThe Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan FoundationThe BanquetLifeScape, the Sioux Falls Concerts Association, and the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation.

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Position: Partner
Direct: (605) 357-1228

Super Lawyers Sarah Richardson Larson

Professional Experience

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP 
Partner: 1984 – present 
Associate: 1980 – 1983

Law Clerk to Honorable Fred J. Nichol, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court of South Dakota


University of South Dakota 
(B.A., summa cum laude, 1976) 

University of South Dakota School of Law 
(J.D., Sterling Honor Graduate, 1979)

Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Memberships

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Past South Dakota State Chairperson)
State Bar of South Dakota (Chairperson, 1987 – 1988, Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section)
Sioux Falls Estate Planning Council (Member, Board of Directors, 1986 – 1990 and President, 1988 – 1989)
Minnehaha County Bar Association
American Bar Association


Admitted to Practice (State): 
South Dakota, 1979 

Admitted to Practice (Federal):
United States District Court, District of South Dakota, 1979
United States District Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1980


Member, South Dakota Moot Court Board and Member, First Place Regional Team, National Moot Court Competition, 1979

Protecting what you’ve built.

Phone Numbers

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Davenport Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP

206 West 14th Street
P.O. Box 1030
Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1030