Founders

Kelton S. Lynn

Kelton S. Lynn (Kelly), a native of Deadwood, South Dakota, and one of the founders of the law firm, was an aggressive, imaginative, passionate and compassionate lawyer, who earned and held the respect of his fellow lawyers, the courts, his clients and the community. He practiced law with the law firm that bears his name from 1946 until his death in 1976. Kelly was an active member of local, state, and national bar associations, including a stint as a Uniform Laws Commissioner from South Dakota. He also served on many community and civic boards and commissions, including the Rapid City School Board and the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Endowment Association. Kelly was a “lawyers’ lawyer” and has left an enormous legacy to this law firm.

Horace R. Jackson

Horace R. Jackson joined the firm in 1961 after practicing law in Lemmon, South Dakota, and serving as special attorney general for the State of South Dakota. Horace was best known for his analytical skills and his ability to comprehend the most challenging and difficult legal and factual issues of a case and translate them into winning strategies for his clients. He represented many clients in condemnation matters throughout South Dakota and the City of Rapid City following the flood of 1972. An avid reader, bird watcher, and perpetual student, Horace was a true Renaissance Man. He was a guiding light for the law firm until his death in 1988.

Donald R. Shultz

Donald R. Shultz, a Huron, South Dakota native, has anchored the law firm since 1956. Under his leadership the firm has grown from four lawyers in Rapid City, to one of South Dakota’s premiere law firms with offices in Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Don served as President of the South Dakota State Bar and as National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is a member of many other legal organizations. His steadfastness, friendliness, courtesy, and perseverance have been the character traits that his mentoring has brought to all members of the firm. Don’s example of love of and respect for his fellow lawyer has made congeniality a distinguished hallmark of this law firm.

Gene N. Lebrun

Gene Lebrun, a native of Langdon, North Dakota, came to the law firm in 1964. His practice grew to include large public and private clients that have remained with the law firm throughout the years. Gene’s love of public service gained him prominence in local, state, and national organizations. He served as Speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives, President of National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Chairman of the Board of Westhills Village, Chairman of the Board of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, and President of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society. Loyalty to his family and the law firm, the firm belief in the rule of law, and the principles of freedom and democracy, best describe Gene’s philosophy of life.