David Schultz is a trial lawyer and partner in Maslon's Litigation Group. He focuses his practice on high stakes litigation in the areas of product liability, healthcare, civil and criminal fraud, and intellectual property. David has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts throughout the country. He is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Minnesota State Bar Association, and has taught trial advocacy at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). He has developed an active appellate practice as well, having argued more than 40 cases before several federal circuits as well as the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. David is particularly adept in the analysis and elucidation of complex technical issues, a skill which he leverages for clients across all areas of his practice.
David's work on product liability cases is extensive, dating back to his time with the Minnesota Attorney General's Office where he defended the state in design and construction of highways, catastrophic aviation and railroad crashes, and toxic torts. In private practice, he has successfully represented a broad range of product manufacturers, from chemical companies that have been sued for toxic exposures to leading manufacturers of sophisticated medical devices.
In addition, David regularly represents physicians, clinics, hospitals and other providers in a wide range of matters including regulatory investigations and enforcement, licensing investigations and contested cases, professional liability litigation, credentialing and medical staffing, and civil and criminal investigations under the Federal False Claims Act and other fraud statutes. David also represents health maintenance organizations, insurers and third party payors in state and federal regulatory enforcement and investigative matters.
David has also developed a niche practice conducting government and internal investigations for corporations and public institutions. He has conducted investigations into matters involving state and federal regulatory compliance, Medicare/Medicaid billing practices and fraud (including unbundling, upcoding, certification, cost reporting, medical necessity, and duplicate payments), FDA civil and criminal regulatory violations, NIH grants, academic fraud, financial fraud, and sexual misconduct. His work in this area is further distinguished by time served in the Law Enforcement Section of the Minnesota Attorney General's Office as a white collar crime prosecutor and in the Solicitor General's Section as a civil trial attorney prior to his career in private practice.
David has represented clients in intellectual property litigation as well, including trademark and patent infringement, and theft of trade secrets. Throughout his career, he has worked across a broad range of matters, all of which have enriched his experience and enabled him to provide an exceptional level of service in bet-the-company matters.
- Medical Device Recall Litigation. Led a team of Maslon lawyers in defending claims and litigation brought against a world-leading medical device company arising out of the voluntary recall of one of its signature products (2009-present).
- BondPro Corporation v. Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp. (W.D. Wis.). Led a team of lawyers in a lengthy federal court jury trial representing defendant in misappropriation of trade secret action involving power generation technology. David obtained a judgment on behalf of his client, which was affirmed on appeal before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Thomsen v. Famous Dave's of America et al. (D. Minn.). Led a team of Maslon lawyers in defense of a $10 million copyright infringement and breach of contract action that threatened the iconic branding images of Famous Dave's restaurants. The District Court dismissed the case on summary judgment, which was upheld on appeal.
- Hormel Foods Corp. v. Cereol, et al. (D. Minn.). Represented an international olive oil manufacturer in a complex breach of contract and trademark infringement action brought by a competitor.
- Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing v. Shurtape International ManufacturerTechnologies, Inc., et al. (D. Minn.). Represented an international manufacturer of construction products in a trademark and trade dress infringement action arising out of defendant's use of color on masking tape products.
- In re Alexandria Accident Cases (Minnesota). When a Minnesota Dept. of Transportation snowplow was struck by a tour bus during a blizzard causing a multi-vehicle accident, David was called upon to defend the State of Minnesota in the resulting lawsuits. David devised and executed a creative interpleader strategy resulting in summary judgment for his clients and dismissal of all claims against the State.
- University of Minnesota Investigation. When an investigation into academic fraud in the University of Minnesota men's basketball program revealed potential interference by University officials in unrelated police investigations of sexual misconduct by student athletes, David was tapped to lead that investigation. The investigation resulted in policy changes at the University regarding reports of student sexual misconduct.
- PBM v. Health Plan (AAA Arbitration; Minnesota). Represented large health plan in a $50 million private arbitration brought by its former pharmacy benefits manager. David successfully asserted counterclaims for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty resulting in a significant client victory.
- Edina Realty, Inc. v. TheMLSonline.com (D. Minn.). Represented defendant in a trademark infringement action raising cutting-edge legal issues relating to use of paid advertisement search terms on the internet.
- Digi International, Inc. v. Lantronix, Inc. / Lantronix, Inc. v. Digi International, Inc. (E.D. Texas). Represented computer hardware and software networking manufacturer in four inter-connected patent infringement matters venued in the Eastern District of Texas, Central District of California, and District of Minnesota. Client was a plaintiff in some cases and defendant in others.
- BondPro v. Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp., 463 F.2d 702 (7th Cir. 2006). Successful appeal from the district court's entry of order for judgment notwithstanding the verdict; affirmed.
- United States, ex. Rel., Kinny v. Stoltz, et al., 327 F.3d 671 (8th Cir. 2003) cert. den. In this False Claims Act, the 8th Circuit upheld the lower court's finding that relator was not an original source of the allegations because he had no direct knowledge of the alleged wrongdoings.
- Dziubak v. Mott, 503 N.W.2d 771 (Minn. 1993). In Dziubak, a case of first impression in Minnesota, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that public defenders are entitled to absolute immunity from suit for legal malpractice. This decision was not only one of first impression, it was against the trend in a majority of states at that time.
- Color-Ad Packaging, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue, 428 N.W.2d 806 (Minn. 1998). In Color-Ad Packaging, a statutory interpretation decision, the Supreme Court divided 4-3, holding that the taxpayer was entitled to an incentive-based property tax rebate.
- Estate of Benson by Benson v. Minnesota Bd. of Medical Practice, 526 N.W.2d 634 (Minn. Ct. App. 1995). In Benson, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held that the claim by an individual for damages resulting from the alleged violation of his data practices rights is a personal injury claim which terminates upon the death of the individual.
- In Re: Alexandria Accident of February 8, 1994, 561 N.W.2d 543 (Minn. Ct. App. 1997). In this case, the Court of Appeals affirmed an award of summary judgment to the State in this mass tort action in which seven people were killed and over 70 were injured. The State prevailed on summary judgment after having instituted an interpleader and successfully bifurcated liability and damages.
- McEwen v. Burlington Northern R. Co., Inc., 494 N.W.2d 313 (Minn. Ct. App. 1993). The court construed a state statute to preempt any and all claims of negligent design against the State of Minnesota arising out of railroad crossing accidents. Prior to this decision, despite the existence of that statute, the State had been subject to suit for claims of inadequate grade crossing warning devices.
Child Advocacy Award, Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, 2013
Leading Individual Attorney in Minnesota for Litigation, Chambers USA, 2013
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2012-2014
North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012 (North Star Lawyer is a designation that recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services in a calendar year.)
Recognized on Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, 1999-2013 (Minnesota Super Lawyers® is a designation given to only 5 percent of Minnesota attorneys each year.)
AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell® (AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.)