L. David Henningson

L. David Henningson retired from the firm on March 31, 2020. Here are his comments on starting Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd., what the firm means to him ,and where he would like to see the firm go and grow into the future:

I started this law firm in 1981. Over the years I have watched it grow far beyond what I ever expected. More important than the size, however, is the kind of law firm that it has become: a firm that is part of the community, committed to taking care of people and serving all who come through its doors. 

Our law firm is large enough to handle most every issue that comes to us but is small enough to allow us to get to know the people individually and deal with their issues in a very direct manner. We can be a key, pivotal part of their lives, and they become a part of ours. We provide a level of service that goes beyond a mere transaction. The outcome – in many cases – results with clients becoming friends and colleagues. 

I am extremely proud of the people that are here, and what we’ve been able to accomplish over these 40 years, helping so many resolve sometimes terrible issues that they’ve had to face. In the end, when I’m done with my career, that will be the thing that matters most to me:  how we were able to help and seeing the wonderful relationships that have developed over those same years.

L. David Henningson

David does not want to focus on his retirement from the firm. He wants a seamless transition of the firm’s leadership which has been in the works for several years. I have had the distinct honor of working side by side with David for 24 years. I value his leadership, guidance and advice, and patience with me as I learned and grew in the world of legal management. David and his wife plan to travel across the country and possibly relocate to South Dakota. We do plan to see him around the office every so often, including at the firm’s 40th anniversary celebration in 2021!

Patti A. Ploehn, CLM, Firm Administrator

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First Responder COVID-19 Presumption Legislation to be Voted on

04.06.2020 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Thank You!

To everyone who signed and forwarded this petition, thank you very much.  

We received word today that after 33,000 of you used this platform to show your support for this issue, the legislature plans to convene on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, to pass the workers comp presumption for emergency responders we had been seeking.  And the Governor has told us he is anxious to sign the bill.  

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The Paycheck Protection Program and Religious Freedom Protections [Update]

04.03.2020 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Update to this post. Visit our COVID-19 resources page for more information.

Last night the SBA released its Interim Rule regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that provided further guidance on religious freedom protections for religious corporations and the like.

According to Section 5 of the Interim Rule, “All loans guaranteed by the SBA pursuant to the CARES Act will be made consistent with constitutional, statutory, and regulatory protections for religious liberty, including the First Amendment to the Constitution, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, 42 U.S.C. 2000bb-1 and bb-3, and SBA regulation at 13 C.F.R. 113.3-1h, which provides: ‘Nothing in [SBA nondiscrimination regulations] shall apply to a religious corporation, association, educational institution or society with respect to the membership or the employment of individuals of a particular religion to perform work connected with the carrying on by such corporation, association, educational institution or society of its religious activities.’ SBA intends to promptly issue additional guidance with regard to religious liberty protections under this program.”

Although the SBA hasn’t issued its additional guidelines yet, it is highly likely they will be in alignment with the religious freedom protections afforded to churches and religious organizations under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Link to rule here.


For more information about these updated guidelines from the Department of Labor, or for guidance for your business, nonprofit or religious organization in light of these guidelines, please contact our Business and Nonprofit Organizations Team.

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