In 1887, Charles Bailey arrived in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and initiated the firm after hiring John Voorhees. The firm soon grew successful and kept expanding. ‘Bailey & Voorhees’ name underwent changes, as Roswell Bottum, Melvin Woods, and Howell Fuller joined in the early 20th Century. With the addition of John B. Shultz and Francis M. Smith, the legal team eventually settled on Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith in 1953.
The firm became known for its professionalism, integrity, sound advice, and effective representation.
Today, Woods Fuller attorneys uphold the values and trust placed in the firm for over 125 years. While the roots may be in South Dakota, clients come from all over the country. We have attorneys who also practice in Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, federal and tribal courts, and have appeared before state supreme courts, and more. Woods Fuller attorneys have been named in editions of The Best Lawyers In America, Great Plains Super Lawyers, and other recognitions showcasing their individual and the firm’s strength. The varied knowledge and experiences of Woods Fuller attorneys continue to work together on behalf of clients of all needs.
The firm has stood alongside thousands of clients. As always, we recognize that each need is different. From a past in which Mr. Bailey set up shop in what was still Dakota Territory to a future with multiple attorneys that can service most any legal need, Woods Fuller continues building upon its tradition of excellence.