Sarah Richardson Larson
Sarah Richardson Larson
South Dakota Trusts and Estates Attorney
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 Commerce, Sioux Empire United Way, University of Sioux Falls Foundation, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Foundation, The Banquet, LifeScape, the Sioux Falls Concerts Association, and the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation.
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- Larson, Akkerman, Donohue, Prendergast Top-Ranked in 2021 Chambers High Net Worth Guide
- Best Lawyers 2021 Recognizes 17 Davenport Evans Lawyers
- 12 Davenport Evans Lawyers Named by Great Plains Super Lawyers, Three Named “Rising Stars”
- Larson and Miller Selected as Chamber of Commerce Committee Chairs
- 2019 Banking Seminar: Protect Your Bank’s Future
- 2021 Estate and Gift Tax Exclusions
- Sarah Richardson Larson Featured in Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation Publication
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
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
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