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Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith P.C.

The Tradition Continues

In 1887, Charles Bailey arrived in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and initiated the firm after hiring John Voorhees. The firm grew successful and soon expanded. The 'Bailey & Voorhees’ name changed as Roswell Bottum, Melvin Woods, and Howell Fuller joined the firm in the early 20th Century. With the addition of John B. Shultz and Francis M. Smith, the legal team eventually settled on the name Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith in 1953. The firm became known for its professionalism, integrity, sound advice, and effective representation.

For over 130 years, Woods Fuller attorneys have continued to uphold the values and maintain the trust of clients. While our roots may be in South Dakota, we serve clients from all over the country, as well as internationally. We have attorneys who practice in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, federal and tribal courts, and have appeared before state supreme courts. Woods Fuller attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers In America, Great Plains Super Lawyers, and Martindale-Hubbell, showcasing both individual attorney and firm’s strength.

We recognize that each client and their legal needs are different. We celebrate our history, when Mr. Bailey set up shop in what was still Dakota Territory, and look forward to continuing to build upon our tradition of excellence.