David E. Lust

David E. Lust: Attorney with Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP


David E. Lust is a partner with Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP and is a member of the firm's Business/Estate Planning group where he assists businesses and individuals with their business planning and litigation needs.

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.

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 served for eight years in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 2006 to 2014. He was House Majority Leader for four of those years. David is also the Coach Heir of Elevate Rapid City, serves on the School of Mines Foundation Board, and is involved with the South Dakota State Legislature in Economic Partnership Development.

David was named Legislator of the Year by the South Dakota Wildlife Federation (2013), the 2012 Domestic Violence Victim’s Champion by Working Against Violence, Inc. and has been listed as a Super Lawyers since 2001. He was also named in Best Lawyers in America as “Lawyer of the Year for Real Estate Litigation" in 2014-2015, and was recently recognized as the 2018 Exceptional Lawyer of the Year by the Pennington County Bar Association.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Business Transactions
  • Business Litigation
  • Banking Law
  • Administrative Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
605-388-2839  Phone
605-342-1078  Phone
605-342-9503  Fax
University Attended:
Dartmouth College, B.A., 1990
Law School Attended:
University of South Dakota, J.D., summa cum laude, 1997
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota; 1999, Minnesota; 1997, South Dakota
Minnesota State Bar Association; American Bar Association (Business Law Section); State Bar of South Dakota (Business Law Committee; Bench Bar Committee).
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

  • 4.5/5.0 (26 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Judge on 06/16/13 in Business Litigation

    Mr. Lust has praciticed in front of me regularly for the last 15 years. He is well respected and a good attorney. He also serves in the Legislature and has become a leader in the community and within the legal profession.

    Mr. Lust has praciticed in front of me regularly for the last 15 years. He is well respected and a good attorney. He also serves in the Legislature and has become a leader in the community and within the legal profession. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Judge on 06/15/13 in Civil Litigation

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Rapid City, South Dakota

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