David brings strong leadership skills and extensive litigation experience to deliver  solutions to his clients’ legal issues.


Clients value David’s experience with complex and often ground-breaking litigation matters. They count on him for disputes involving trusts and estates, health law and contracts. He has also helped to untangle disagreements between distributors and dealers and among shareholders.

David’s breadth of experience spans from handling billion-dollar family trust disputes to defending large software manufacturers in multi-district class actions. He has also successfully handled numerous federal and state court appeals for clients. David plays a key leadership role in the firm by serving on its board of directors and co-chairing a litigation division.


David assisted three individuals in litigation to confirm their status as beneficiaries to family trusts valued at more than $1 billion.

He created the protocol used to determine heirs of the late pop star Prince Rogers Nelson. The district court adopted the protocol, which was unanimously affirmed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Setting legal precedent in Minnesota, he obtained the dismissal of all claims in a multi-count class action brought against one of the nation’s leading providers of funeral insurance.

David went to trial on behalf of a major software manufacturer in a consumer class action involving antitrust claims.

He obtained summary judgment for a hospital regarding a medical staff bylaws dispute. The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed the decision.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements


Co-editor, David R. Crosby and Mary E. Schwind, Federal District of Minnesota Civil Practice Deskbook, 1st Ed., 2014

 Author, “Removal of Judges / Judicial Officers”, Minnesota State Court Civil Practice Deskbook, 2d Ed., 2017



Selected several times for inclusion in Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars

Named among The Best Lawyers in America® in trusts and estates litigation and commercial litigation

Ranked with an AV® peer review rating (the highest level of professional excellence) from Martindale-Hubbell

David’s “Toffee Caramel Cheesecake” has won numerous awards

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Conflict Resolution Center of Minnesota, Former Board of Directors

Minnesota Loan Repayment Assistance Program, Former Co-President and Member, Board of Directors

American Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Minikahda Club, Minneapolis, Former Board of Directors


  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1993

Yale University, B.A., Political Science, 1989

Jump to Page

We use cookies on our website to improve functionality and performance, analyze website traffic and enable social media features. For more information, please see our Cookie Policy.