Mary Ellen Dirksen

Mary Ellen Dirksen, South Dakota Employee Benefits Attorney

Mary Ellen Dirksen joined Davenport Evans as an Of Counsel attorney in 2018. She serves a wide range of clients, from small professional corporations to large businesses with numerous employees. She works with employers to design a variety of ERISA-qualified and non-qualified benefit plans, and advises on compensation planning.

Mary Ellen is active in a variety of community organizations. She served as a Board member and volunteer for the Helpline Center and as a volunteer for Compassion Childcare, Sioux Falls Christian School and Westside Christian School, as well as many other local non-profits. Mary Ellen also is a speaker and advocate for community mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

Outside of work, Mary Ellen spends time with her three daughters and her nieces and nephews. She also enjoys reading, interior design and painting, as well as traveling and watching movies and sports with her husband and children.


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