Originally from the west coast, I graduated from Westmont College in 1989. While attending college in Santa Barbara, CA, I studied English Literature. After graduation I chose to go to law school.
Having married an Iowan, extensive relocation negotiations ensued with the ultimate compromise being that I attended the University of Minnesota Law School. I graduated Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif in 1992.
While still in law school, I began clerking at the Gilmore law firm in the spring of 1990. After spending the following summer at a larger Minneapolis law firm, I returned to the Gilmore law firm where I worked as an insurance defense attorney from 1992 to 1996. There, I tried a jury case and handled a variety of insurance related matters- my primary focus being worker's compensation defense.
In July of 1996, I came to work with Tom Mottaz- a position I have held ever since. Since that time I have tried over 300 worker's compensation cases. I have also argued before the MN Worker's Compensation Court of Appeals on many occasions and I have argued before the MN Supreme Court once. At present, 100% of my practice involves representation of injured workers under the MN Worker's Compensation Statute.
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Jay Hartman, Workers compensation Attorney
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David is one of the most formidable opponents I face in my workers' compensation defense practice. He is a consummate professional, skilled trial lawyer and passionate advocate for his clients. Quite simply, David is at the top of his field and a credit to his profession.
|MN||Authorized to practice||1992||01/07/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Mpls Work Comp Law- Claimants "Lawyer of the Year"||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Top 100 MN Super Lawyer||SuperLawyers||2007|
|Top 100 MN Super Lawyer||SuperLawyers||2006|
|Arthur Lynip Award for Outstanding English Literature Student||Westmont College||1989|
|Arthur Lynip Award for Outstanding English Literature Student||Westmont College||1988|
|Attorney||The Law Office of Thomas D Mottaz||1996 - Present|
|Attorney||Gilmore, Aafedt, Forde, Anderson, & Gray, PA||1992 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Anoka County Bar Association||N/A||1996 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Association||N/A||1992 - Present|
|Metzger v Turk, Inc.||affirmed|
|Metzger v Turk, Inc.||affirmed|
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|Minnesota State Bar Association||Minnesota Worker's Compensation Deskbook||2012|
|University of Minnesota Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|Westmont College||English Literature||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|2016 Minnesota Worker's Compensation Symposium||Tales from the Dark Side- Decisions, Decisions||2016|
|The 30th Annual Workers' Compensation Institute||Co-Chair||2015|
|The 2014 Minnesota Workers' Compensatoin Deskbook Seminar||Proving whether the Injury "Arose Out Of" Employment after Dykhoff||2014|
|Mayo Clinic Health System Occupational Medicine Monthly Provider Roundtable||Understanding the Basics of Minnesota Workers' Compensation||2014|
|A Workers' Compensation Seminar||Sharpen Your Skills- A Workers' Compensation seminar: Working With Your Opponent||2014|
|Work Comp Work Shop||Analysis of 2013 Changes to MN Work Comp Law||2013|
|The Minnesota Workers' Compensation Deskbook Seminar||Medical Benefits||2012|
|The 27th Annual Workers' Compensation Institue||Time and Project Management||2012|
|Globe University Panel Presentation||Legal Ethics||2012|
|The 26th Annual Workers' Compensation Institute||Intervention: Practice Tips and Strategies||2011|
|The 25th Annual Workers' Compensation Institute||Co-Chair||2010|
|2010 Workers' Compensation Seminar||Client Relations||2010|