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David P. Graham Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice


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


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
   North American Ministries

David P. Graham is a member of the Products and Professional Liability Practice Group in Dykema's Minneapolis office. Mr. Graham defends products liability litigation for clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device and food and cannabis industries. He leads the firm's Food & Beverage Industry Group and advises food companies in FDA and USDA labeling, advertising, and safety matters. He also defends health care clients in False Claims Act cases, government investigations related to allegations of fraud and long-term care malpractice claims. Mr. Graham represents clients in multi-district litigation, class actions, and consolidated state court proceedings, and in matters adverse to the FDA and USDA. Mr. Graham is also a member of Dykema's Cannabis Practice Group and advises on regulatory issues related to cannabis. Mr. Graham defends companies in employment termination and discrimination cases. He has litigated and tried several cases to verdict in state and federal court.

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

In addition, Mr. Graham teaches Food Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and is Founding Chair of the Food Law Center Advisory Board.


  • Represents animal protein producers in antitrust lawsuits
  • Represents food manufacturers in nationwide safety recalls
  • Represents food, cosmetic and cannabis entities with regulatory matters
  • Represented food manufacturing testing company in Grand Jury investigation
  • Represents pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in product liability litigation, including MDL and class and individual actions
  • Represents food manufacturers in labeling and advertising litigation
  • Represented family physician in False Claims Act suit
  • Defended anesthesiologists in False Claims Act actions
  • Represents food manufacturers in labeling appeals to the USDA
  • Represented orthopedic group in state fraud investigation by state attorney general
  • Minnesota counsel in more than 4000 lawsuits filed related to the alleged use of hormone replacement therapy products
  • Defended major pharmaceutical company in California and Minnesota antitrust and consumer fraud litigation related to importation of medicine from Canada
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in animal feed litigation
  • Represents clients responding to FDA warning letters
  • Represents food manufacturers in food additive matters and petitions
  • Represents food manufacturers in food safety recall-related litigation
  • Represents food manufacturer in antitrust class action
  • Represents food manufacturers in foodborne illness litigation

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Memberships & Involvement

Mitchell Hamline Law School Food & Beverage Law & Policy Institute, Chair

Teaches Food Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Product Liability and Health Law Sections, Member

MSBA 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

Community/Civic Activities

  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law Food Law Advisory Board
  • 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

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell