David P. Graham

Senior Counsel

David P. Graham defends product liability litigation for clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, food, and cannabis industries. He leads the firm's food and beverage team and advises food companies in FDA and USDA labeling, advertising, and safety matters.

David represents clients in multidistrict litigation, class actions, and consolidated state court proceedings, and in matters adverse to the FDA and USDA. He also defends health care clients in False Claims Act cases, government investigations related to allegations of fraud and long-term care malpractice claims. David advises on regulatory issues related to cannabis and defends companies in employment termination and discrimination cases. He has litigated and tried several cases to verdict in state and federal court.

David is a member of Dykema's pro bono committee and serves on the benefactor board of the Volunteer Lawyers Network in Minneapolis.

    • Hamline University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Hamline Law Review, Managing Editor, Hamline Journal of Law and Religion, Student Editor, Moot Court
    • St. Olaf College, B.A., St. Andrews University (Scotland), Junior Year
    • Vanderbilt University, Post-graduate study in Religion, North American Ministries Scholar
  • Bar Admissions

    • Minnesota, 1987
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
    • U.S. District Court, District of Arkansas
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Mitchell Hamline School of Law Food & Beverage Law & Policy Institute, Chair

    • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Product Liability, Health Law, Employment Law Sections, Member; Food and Drug Law Section, Chair

    • American Bar Association
    • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Product Liability and Medical Device Committees
    • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
    • Volunteer Lawyers Network, Benefactor Board Co-Chair
    • Member of MSBA Employment Law section
    • Mitchell Hamline School of Law Food Law Center Advisory Board, Founding Chair

    • Arthritis Foundation, North Central Chapter, Board of Directors, Secretary and Chair of Development Committee
    • SteppingStone Theatre, Board of Directors, Secretary and Chair of Development Committee
    • Minnehaha United Methodist Church, Trustee, Building and Capital Campaign Committees
    • Hamline Law School Alumni Association, President 2000-2002
      • Food law professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

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