Kristin Derenge joins Boyce Law Firm after several years of working in state and federal courts in South Dakota, where she worked on judicial opinions for a full range of litigation cases. After law school, Kristin spent a year as a clerk at the South Dakota Supreme Court. There, she was exposed to a wide variety of appeals cases, both civil and criminal. Then Kristin spent a year as a Federal District Court Clerk in South Dakota, where she worked on civil and criminal cases at various stages of litigation.
Kristin values an honest and direct approach to the law, looking out for the best interest of her clients. She takes great pride in her work, and she draws on her experience clerking at the South Dakota Supreme Court and federal district court to find the best solutions for her clients.
Kristin grew up in Sioux Falls, close to her parents and siblings. Growing up, she thought she would pursue a career in criminology, as she had an interest in public service and finding the truth. In that pursuit, Kristin earned her BA and MS in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania.
With degrees in hand, Kristin spent a year in the public sector, working as an analyst for the State of Nebraska Department of Labor Market Information. Then Kristin transitioned to the private sector and worked another two years for MetaBank. There, she was a financial crime analyst and investigated cases of money laundering, tax fraud, elder financial abuse, and many other financial crimes. In that role, she reported directly to the federal government.
Her career took a turn when she realized she could pivot her talents to help people navigate what can be a confusing and tricky legal system, and so she attended law school at the University of South Dakota. Now, at Boyce, Kristin will have the opportunity to help clients with their estate and trust issues as well as business transactions.
Kristin is a member of the South Dakota Chapter of Women in Law. She hopes to contribute to raising awareness of opportunities for women in the legal field and pave pathways for ambitious, professional women to passionately pursue their careers, while maintaining a work-life balance.