Jean H. Bender

USA: South Dakota

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP
206 West 14th Street
Sioux Falls
SD 57101-1030

Tel: (605) 336-2880

Email: jbender@dehs.com
Web: www.dehs.com

Sioux Falls lawyer Jean H. Bender is an employment lawyer at Davenport Evans.  Jean is extremely active assisting clients with employee benefits issues and all areas of employment law. Jean counsels clients on issues involving sexual harassment, race, sex, age, national origin and disability discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour issues arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and leave issues under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Jean proactively counsels clients on issues such as hiring and firing, drug testing, harassment and discrimination investigations, employment policies, and company handbooks. Jean also drafts corporate documents related to employment such as contracts, non-compete agreements, and settlement agreements and releases.

Jean also consults with clients on ERISA and other legal compliance issues for employee benefit plans ranging from qualified retirement plans to flexible benefit plans. Jean has assisted a number of clients in correcting plan errors through IRS and DOL voluntary compliance programs such as EPCRS and DFVCP. She also negotiates service contracts with third party providers.

Jean has received a Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Peer Rating, indicating the attorney is widely respected for high professional achievement and ethical standards. She has also been selected by Best Lawyers® in the area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, and has been ranked by Chambers and Partners in the area of Labor & Employment Law.

Jean is active in a number of community organizations. She currently serves on the Minnehaha County Board of Commissioners. She is past president of the Brandon Valley School Board and currently serves as president of the Brandon Valley Booster Club. She is also the former president of the board of directors for Volunteers of America, Dakotas. Jean also currently serves on the CASA Board of Directors. She is a frequent volunteer for Junior Achievement and active in her church.

The labor and employment lawyers of Davenport Evans law firm, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, represent both public and private employers. Our attorneys counsel employers in all areas of labor and employment law and advise clients in the prevention of potential litigation through, for example, review and preparation of employee handbooks and review and drafting of employment contracts and agreements.

The firm advises clients on a broad range of issues under federal and state employment law, including the Civil Rights Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act. The firm represents employers in proceedings before various administrative agencies, as well as all types of employment litigation, including wrongful termination and discrimination claims, in both federal and state courts.

The attorneys of Davenport Evans are committed to client success. One of South Dakota’s oldest, largest, and most highly respected law firms, Davenport Evans offers its clients a wealth of experience across a wide range of practice areas. Our attorneys are recognized by Martindale-Hubbell, Super Lawyers, U.S. News – Best Lawyers®, Chambers and Partners, Benchmark Litigation, and AM Best.

Davenport Evans is unique in that it has attracted top lawyers from across the region, each of whom brings diverse experiences, areas of practice, and legal specializations to one location in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Davenport Evans routinely represents national clients on major transactions and in complex litigation matters.

Founded in 1939 by four of South Dakota’s premier lawyers, Davenport Evans has led the state in developing separate business and litigation sections and specific areas of attorney expertise. Our experienced litigation attorneys are battle-tested in both federal and state trial courts as well as in courts of appeal. Our litigation team also has extensive experience before federal and state administrative tribunals. Our business attorneys have in-depth experience in a wide range of commercial matters and are able to provide clients with one-stop counsel for numerous corporate, banking, and individual business needs. Committed to excellence, Davenport Evans is dedicated to being a trusted advocate and advisor to our clients. Rely on Davenport Evans to Protect What You’ve Built.

“Jean Bender’s “attention to detail and client commitment is impressive,” affirms one impressed interviewee. Her practice encompasses all manner of employment issues, including discrimination claims, wage and hour matters and legal compliance issues.”
Chambers & Partners, 2017