David is an active member of various legal groups and organizations including the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL), the Business Law Section and the Bench-Bar Liaison Committee of the State Bar of South Dakota. He is also a member of the Business Section of the American Bar Association and was the South Dakota representative for the development of the Revised Model Business Corporation Act. David is currently serving in the South Dakota House of Representatives and on the Boards of Directors of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement of South Dakota. David has also served on the boards of the Rapid City Junior Achievement (past Chairman), Big Brother/Big Sister of the Black Hills, and the Northern Plains Eye Foundation.
A graduate of Dartmouth College in 1990, David worked in Chicago for several years for an international development firm, which included extensive work in Europe and Latin America. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1997. Prior to joining Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP., he served as a law clerk for United States District Court Judge Richard H. Battey. David is licensed to practice law in the federal and state courts of South Dakota and the state courts of Minnesota.
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Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
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