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I pratice in the area of Trusts and Estates.  My practice includes dynasty trust planning, domestic asset protection trusts, trust reformation, decanting and modification, and contested trust and estate mattters.  I was elected as an ACTEC Fellow and have earned the TEP designation at STEP.  I also represent clients and family offices in setting up public or private trust companies in South Dakota.  Many of my clients are international families or their advisors.  I regularly serve as local counsel for attorneys seeking South Dakota trust situs for their ultra high net worth clients.  Many of my clients are fiduciaries or beneficiaries seeking assistance in court supervised matters or in litigation.


Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 60%
  2. Estate Planning: 25%
  3. Probate: 15%



Fixed (sometimes)

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Contact info

Lindquist & Vennum Llp

101 S Reid St Ste 302
Sioux Falls, SD, 57103-7045


FLMember in Good Standing201506/17/2016
SDAuthorized to practice law200206/23/2015
MNAuthorized to practice200106/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Great Plains Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Thomas Sterling Honor SoicetyUniversity of South Dakota School of Law2001
West Publishing AwardThomson Reuters2001
Lynn Jackson Award for EvidenceUniversity of South Dakota School of Law2000
Everett Bogue Memorial ScholarshipUniversity of South Dakota School of Law1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLindquist & Vennum2012 - Present
AttorneyWoods Fuller Shultz & Smith PC2004 - 2012
AttorneyRider Bennett LLP2001 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sioux Falls Estate Planning CouncilDirector2014 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellowN/A
Minnesota Women LawyersMemberN/A
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Iowa State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
South Dakota State BarMemberN/A
Florida BarMemberN/A
South Dakota Planning Group Initiative, LLCDirectorN/A
myLawCLEAdvisory BoardN/A
Society of Trust and Estate PractitionersTEPN/A
Prairie Family Business AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wellin v. Wellin et al.Trustee defendant successfully dismissed from lawsuit
Smook v. Minnehaha CountyClient successfully dismissed from lawsuit
In re Estate of CraftSuccessful negotiation of generous settlement for surviving spouse
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Dakota School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A