David leads the firm alongside the Managing Partner, bringing lawyers and staff together as one across all offices.  


As Deputy Managing Partner, David is committed to exemplary client service and a firm atmosphere of professional excellence, mutual respect, friendship and inclusiveness. He works directly with the Managing Partner on the overall leadership of the firm and implementation of its Strategic Plan. Together they have ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the firm's operations and performance.

David is directly responsible for the overall management of the firm's practice divisions and serves as the leadership liaison for the firm's professional development, recruiting, diversity and inclusion, and pro bono committees.

He has served as Deputy Managing Partner since 2021, and has served on the firm's Board of Directors for many years. David is a strong, supportive leader to colleagues at the firm and in his community.


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

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

News & Insights


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

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