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Corporate Law

For over 100 years, our firm has advised business owners, investors and companies with the goal of helping businesses and companies thrive.

We have a wealth of experience when it comes to business and corporate matters. Whether you are forming a new corporation or need guidance on day-to-day business operations, our firm is ready to address the many concerns our clients may have. Our corporate law attorneys strive to provide the best solutions to meet your needs on a broad range of legal services.

How you structure your business and perform daily transactions can make all the difference to your future success.

Our firm is large enough to meet the requirements of our diverse clientele, but small enough to ensure we provide the attention our clients need in today’s competitive environment. Our breadth allows us to collaborate with our experienced lawyers in other related practice areas such as finance and litigation whenever necessary.

We believe it makes more sense to approach things correctly from the start rather than trying to rectify mistakes further down the road. Let our experienced attorneys help you navigate the complex laws pertaining to your business. Whether it is planning your business, drafting documents or handling disputes, we are with you every step of the way.

We can also advise you when it comes to forming your business or corporation by ensuring that you understand the business entity options available. We take you through the advantages and drawbacks of each and give proper consideration to the various aspects of business formation, helping you decide what is best suited to your needs and objectives.

Darrell A Jesse

Darrell A. Jesse

Darrell is a South Dakota native and grew up in Madison and Hartford, South Dakota. He completed undergraduate studies in accounting at the University of South Dakota in 1985 and went on to graduate from the University of South Dakota, School of Law in 1988. Darrell joined the firm in 1994 and prior to that, served as Director of Loan Origination/Legal Counsel for the South Dakota Governors Office of Economic Development.

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Jeffrey A Johnson

Jeffrey A. Johnson

Jeffrey A. Johnson was born and raised in Primghar, Iowa. He obtained his undergraduate degree in 1988 from Iowa State University, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. In 1991, Jeff earned is Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Jeff is dedicated to his clients and he has a wealth of knowledge to represent both lenders and borrowers regarding the structure, negotiation and drafting of elaborate secured financing transactions.

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Cody M. McCullough

Cody graduated with high distinction from the University of Iowa Law School in 1996. He obtained his undergraduate degree in 1993 from the same institution, also graduating with honors and distinction. His practice includes, but is not limited to, real estate, business and corporate law. Cody was an adjunct instructor in the Business Administration Department of Morningside College from 1998-1999.

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Laura D Schmitt

Laura D. Schmitt

Laura is a native of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and came to Siouxland as a Morningside College student. After graduating with honors from Morningside in 1989, Laura went on to be named a Sterling Honor graduate at the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1994, where she also served as Editor-in Chief of the South Dakota Law Review. Laura is a shareholder and works primarily out of the firm’s Sioux City office.

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Jeremy B Saint

Jeremy B. Saint

Jeremy Saint is a shareholder in the Firm’s transactional group. Jeremy’s practice focuses primarily on Real Estate Transactions & Development, Contracts, and Commercial Law & Creditor’s Rights in Bankruptcy. He currently licensed to practice law in the State of Iowa in both the state and federal courts.

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Ryan C. Ross

Ryan C. Ross

Ryan was born and raised in Aurora, Nebraska. He is a graduate of Doane College, in Crete, Nebraska (B.S. 1992 with Distinction), and earned his Juris Doctorate from Willamette Law School in Salem, Oregon in 1995. Ryan joined a local Sioux City law firm in 1998, becoming partner in 2002 and thereafter has practiced in the areas of Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning.

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Many of the companies that we are now providing legal services to were organized by our predecessors over several decades. We’re still their corporate counsel, often with second or third generation family members.