David has extensive experience in tax and estate planning for individuals and families.

David practices in the firm’s Trusts & Estates and Trusts & Estates Litigation groups. His work focuses on succession planning for owners of closely-held businesses. His specific areas of expertise are estate, tax and charitable planning. David’s practice includes the preparation of wills, trusts and related documents; charitable gift planning and administration of charitable trusts and foundations; estate and trust administration; estate and gift tax controversies; and business entity formation.

He also has experience in premarital planning; estate planning for couples with diversity of citizenship and other international issues, as well as the establishment of offshore entities.




  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1991
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, B.A., 1987, with distinction


  • Minnesota, 1992
  • Arizona, 2023
  • Illinois, 1991 (inactive)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Illinois


  • Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, 2010-2024; Litigation-Trusts and Estates, 2011-2024
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2023
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2005, 2012-2016
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2015
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 1999, 2001-2002
  • Jefferson Davis Award in Public Law, 1987

Civic & Professional

Professional Activities

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • American Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

News & Insights

Publications & Presentations

Transitioning Your Business in the Real World—Observe as a ‘Real’ Family and Their Advisor Work Through a Succession Plan for the Family Business, Minnesota State Bar Association 35th Annual Probate & Trust Law Section Conference, June 8 & 9, 2009

“An Update on Family Limited Partnerships: Forming, Operating and Fixing FLPs Following Recent Successful IRS Challenges,” Fredrikson & Byron’s Trusts & Estates Focus Newsletter, May, 2007

“Planning With Family Limited Partnerships: The IRS Attack ContinuesBut Opportunity Remains,” Fredrikson & Byron’s Trusts & Estates Focus Newsletter, February, 2005

The Use of Conservation Easements in Estate Planning, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education—1st Annual Charitable Planning Institute, April, 2002

How the Act Will Change Your Practice and What Your Clients Might Want, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education—Estate Planning Retool: The 2001 Tax Relief Act, September & October, 2001

What To Do When Your Client Dies (Including a Primer on the Probate Process and Federal Estate Taxes), presented to the firm of Schechtor Dokken Kanter Andrews & Selcer Ltd., May, 2001

Family Limited Partnership Agreement, Minnesota CLE Annotated Document Series, March, 2001

The Use of Family Limited Partnerships In Estate Planning, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, January, 2001

The Family Limited Partnership Agreement, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education 2000 Estate and Trust Week—The Family Holding Company, November, 2000

Charitable Remainder Trusts, Prosource Educational Services, September and October, 1996 and 1997

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