Daniel E. Ashmore

Partner - Rapid City

Contact (605) 342-1078 (605) 342-9503

Daniel E. Ashmore is a senior partner with Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP where he practices in the areas of insurance defense, workers' compensation, civil litigation, construction law, product liability defense, and personal injury.

Daniel E. Ashmore received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota School of Law and is licensed to practice law in South Dakota and North Dakota. Dan has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA- America's Leading Lawyers, The 20th edition of Best Lawyers in the United States for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Labor & Employment and Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, 2012 Great Plains Super Lawyers List, and was past Chairman of the South Dakota State Bar Workers' Compensation Committee. Dan was additionally named Best Lawyers' 2013 Rapid City Bet-the-Company Litigation "Lawyer of the Year."

Dan is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Defense Research Institute, South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Bar Association, South Dakota and North Dakota State Bar Associations, Pennington County Bar Association, and holds the title of Martindale-Hubbell Rating - AV.

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  • Law School: University of South Dakota, J.D., with honors - 1979
  • Undergraduate School: University of South Dakota, B.S. Business Administration - 1977

Admitted to the Bar

  • State of South Dakota - 1980
  • State of North Dakota - 1997

Professional Memberships

  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • State Bar of South Dakota; Past Commissioner
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennington County Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates 

Honors and Recognition

  • Super Lawyers “Great Plains Super Lawyers,” 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America’s “Lawyer of the Year” in the practice area of Insurance Law in Rapid City, 2018

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