Maslon Vice Chair, Executive Committee Member, and Partner David Suchar, who is serving as the 2023 chair of The Trial Network, offers opening and closing remarks at the Napa Litigation SuperCourse, presented Nov. 2-4 by The Trial Network; partners Steve Schleicher, Jason Lien, and Stephanie Laws present sessions during the course. On Nov. 3, Steve moderates "Big Brother Is Suing You - Trends in Government Enforcement Actions," with Stephanie serving as a panelist. Jason moderates a breakout session on Nov. 4 titled "Becoming a Sommelier of Insurance Claims."
The Trial Network was formed to strengthen strategic business relationships among the country's leading trial law firms.
David serves as vice chair of Maslon’s board of directors, executive committee member, and chair of the Construction & Real Estate Litigation Group. He is a skilled trial attorney and former federal prosecutor who regularly represents clients in construction and insurance coverage disputes, government and internal investigations, and a variety of commercial litigation. Who's Who Legal ranked David as the top under-45 construction lawyer in the United States, describing him as "an impressive trial lawyer whose practice spans the spectrum of construction matters from insurance to payment claims." (Ranked in 2023 as a Global Leader in Construction.) Chambers USA (ranked 2018-present) published client commentary describing David's strengths as "mastery of insurance, understanding the construction industry, exceptional writing skills and aggressive negotiation." David has developed a niche national practice representing commercial policyholders in insurance coverage disputes, including on many of the largest construction projects and claims across the United States.
Steve is a renowned trial lawyer with deep experience in high profile cases. He concentrates his work on high stakes criminal and civil litigation, internal investigations, white collar defense, and appellate practice. Steve’s extraordinary trial skills are well known; he was widely praised for his role as a pro bono special prosecutor in the internationally televised homicide trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. In his white collar criminal defense practice, Steve represents individuals accused of financial crimes involving health care, agriculture, and corporate embezzlement. His investigations practice has included a high-profile investigation of a private security company holding a contract at a major NFL venue that resulted in its termination; a data security breach and IP theft conspiracy at a major automobile manufacturer; and internal investigations and government compliance on behalf of health care providers, including hospital systems and physicians.
Jason focuses his litigation practice on representing clients from the construction, real estate, financial services, food, and railroad industries. He regularly appears in federal and state court on behalf of design-build firms, general contractors, architects, engineers, specialty contractors, suppliers, property management companies, real estate owners, and lenders. A portion of Jason's practice also involves representing a major U.S. railroad in disputes throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. Recognized by Chambers USA for construction law in 2016-2023, he is described as "an esteemed trial lawyer with a wealth of experience assisting with litigation mandates relating to construction defects and insurance coverage issues." Prior to joining Maslon in 2002, Jason honed his trial and appellate skills as a Naval Officer with the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, where he led hundreds of courts-martial, administrative hearings, and military appeals.
Stephanie represents businesses in product liability and complex civil litigation in federal and state courts nationwide. She also conducts internal investigations and helps companies respond to government enforcement actions. Stephanie’s product liability bandwidth spans multiple industries, with particular focus on defense of FDA-regulated products. She is an experienced litigator who has handled cases from fact investigation through jury verdict. She has significant experience managing large-scale document collections and productions as well as e-discovery issues, both in one-off cases and across coordinated portfolios. Stephanie leverages insights from multiple client secondments to develop efficient legal strategies that are custom tailored to fit business needs. Stephanie is also deeply engaged with pro bono work; she partnered with Steve Schleicher in his role as special prosecutor in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.