Vince M. Roche

Vince M. Roche

South Dakota Commercial Litigation Attorney

My Story

Vince Roche is a South Dakota Commercial Litigation attorney at Davenport Evans. Vince focuses his practice on commercial litigation, primarily trusts and estates litigation, undue influence proceedings, business litigation, and defending financial institutions. He also has substantial experience representing clients in arbitration and mediation matters arising out of commercial disputes. Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Vince practiced for five years in Chicago with Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Novack & Macey LLP.

Vince has successfully defended a number of lawsuits alleging breach of fiduciary duty and related claims against the trustees of large, multi-generational trusts sitused in South Dakota to take advantage of its favorable trust climate. He has also represented multiple firm clients in complex business disputes in state, federal and appellate courts around the country.

Vince has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, for the highest level of professional excellence in legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards. In addition, Vince was ranked in the top 5% of practicing attorneys in South Dakota by Great Plains Super Lawyers in the area of business litigation and is listed by Best Lawyers® in LitigationTrusts & Estates. He also serves on the Federal Practice Committee for the United States District Court of the District of South Dakota, to which he was appointed by the federal judges of the District of South Dakota.

In his spare time, Vince enjoys the outdoors, spending time with his wife, Andrea, and their three sons and coaching his kids’ youth sports teams. He is a Vermillion, SD, native and a graduate of Augustana University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Position: Partner
Direct: (605) 357-1250
Email: [email protected]

Vince Roche, Super Lawyers 2021


Best Lawyers® 2024 Recognizes 18 Davenport Evans Lawyers

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP in Sioux Falls, SD is pleased to announce that 18 Davenport Evans lawyers were listed in Best Lawyers® 2024 for South Dakota, in 22 different practice areas. In addition, two Davenport Evans lawyers were named 2024 Best...

Professional Experience

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP
Partner: 2011 – Present
Associate: 2008 – 2010
Novack & Macey LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP


Augustana University 
(B.A., magna cum laude, 2000) 

University of Virginia School of Law 
(J.D., 2003, Order of the Coif)
(John M. Olin Fellow of Law & Economics; Senior Editor, Virginia Law Review)

Professional Memberships

State Bar of South Dakota
American Bar Association


Admitted to Practice (State): 
South Dakota, 2008
Illinois, 2003 (inactive)

Admitted to Practice (Federal):
District of South Dakota
Central District of Illinois
Northern District of Illinois
Southern District of Illinois
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals


Author: Road Hunting and Regulatory Takings: An Examination of the South Dakota Supreme Court’s Opinion in Benson v. State, 11 Great Plains Nat. Resources J. 1 (2007)

Author: Bashing the Corporate Shield: The Untenable Evisceration of Freedom of Contract in the Corporate Context, 28 J. Corp. L. 289 (2003)

Author: Road Hunting Shot Down: Reflecting on the South Dakota Supreme Court’s Decision in State v. Rumpca, 7 Great Plains Nat. Resources J. 56 (2003)

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