The Independent Community Bankers of South Dakota (ICBSD) is teaming up with Preferred Partner Davenport Evans Law Firm to bring you a complimentary, conference call on Cannabis and Banking, powered by Davenport Evans Law Firm. The presentation, entitled, Cannabis: What We Currently Know About Banking A Budding Industry, will take place Thursday, February 4 at 1:30 p.m. CST. Dial Instructions: 866-678-6823, Guest Code: 9417984.

The passage of Amendment A and Initiated Measure 26, which legalizes both recreational and medical marijuana in South Dakota, is posing a great deal of uncertainty and questions about the budding industry on a local, state and federal level. Davenport Evans and the ICBSD team are committed to helping you successfully navigate this change.

During this time, we will provide you with the latest information available about cannabis banking in the state, explain legislative updates, and give you an opportunity to ask Davenport Evans Lawyers specific questions to be addressed at future sessions.

Meet the Speakers

Davenport Evans lawyer Brendan Reilly

Brendan W. Reilly

Brendan W. Reilly, South Dakota Law

Brendan Reilly’s practice encompasses a wide area but he works most frequently in general corporate law, from the formation of new legal entities to the merger or purchase of existing companies. Brendan also focuses on a variety of real estate and land use matters, and assists clients with matters related to health care, intellectual property, and general contract preparation and negotiation.


Davenport Evans lawyer Dixie Hieb

Dixie K. Hieb

Dixie K. Hieb, Banking Issues

Dixie Hieb is a member of the firm’s Banking and Financial Services Practice Group. Her practice focuses on bank regulatory compliance and trust company formation and operation. Dixie’s regulatory practice covers all facets of consumer disclosures, including those related to credit cards, prepaid cards, student loans, other closed-end loans, and deposit accounts. Dixie has expertise in electronic banking and electronic delivery of disclosures, and she advises clients on CRA issues. She has been a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Trust Review and Reform since 2018. Dixie is also a Certified Public Accountant.


Davenport Evans lawyer Jean H. Bender

Jean H. Bender

Jean H. Bender, Employment Concerns

Jean H. Bender is an employment lawyer at Davenport Evans. Jean is extremely active assisting clients with employee benefits issues and all areas of employment law. Jean counsels clients on issues involving harassment, race, sex, age, national origin and disability discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour issues arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and leave issues under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Jean proactively counsels clients on issues such as hiring and firing, drug testing, harassment and discrimination investigations, employment policies, and company handbooks. Jean also drafts corporate documents related to employment such as contracts, non-compete agreements, and severance agreements and releases.

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is one of the State’s largest law firms. The firm’s attorneys provide business and litigation counsel to individuals and corporate clients in a variety of practice areas. For more information about Davenport Evans, visit