David Suchar, a skilled trial attorney, regularly represents clients in construction and insurance coverage disputes, government and internal investigations, and a variety of commercial litigation. In the 2019 & 2020 Who's Who Legal worldwide rankings of construction law "Future Leaders," David was one of three ranked practitioners from the United States, described as "an impressive trial lawyer whose practice spans the spectrum of construction matters from insurance to payment claims." The 2020 edition of Chambers USA ranked David as one of the top Minnesota construction lawyers, noting that clients describe him as “an excellent attorney who comes up with creative ways of resolving complicated disputes while getting things accomplished that other attorneys could not manage to do,” and his “strengths are in mastery of insurance, understanding the construction industry, exceptional writing skills and aggressive negotiation." David has been lauded or ranked by a variety of other attorney rating organizations including The Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers®.
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. Recent matters include the LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Reconstruction Project (NYC); Las Vegas Raiders (Allegiant) Stadium Project; Second Avenue Subway Project (NYC); claims on Millennium Tower, Transbay Transit Center and Salesforce Tower (San Francisco); the Florida International University bridge collapse (Miami); and the NSA’s Utah Data Center Project. He frequently presents at conferences across the country on construction and insurance coverage issues, drawing from his experience on the Steering Committee for the ABA Forum on Construction Law's Division 7 (Insurance, Surety & Liens) and as contributing editor of The Construction Lawyer, the flagship ABA construction publication.
David’s prosecution and defense of substantive construction claims has included serving as lead counsel for the structural engineer for all construction claims on the Minnesota Vikings (U.S. Bank) Stadium Project; lead trial counsel for the EPC contractor on the Aurora Solar Project in Minnesota—at its time the largest solar project in Minnesota history; lead counsel for the University of Minnesota on claims arising out of the $110 million Northrop Auditorium remodel; lead counsel for Jacobs Engineering winning summary judgment dismissal of a $2 million personal injury lawsuit; and for numerous lien and payment claims through negotiation, arbitration, and trial.
As a former federal prosecutor, David has also counseled and represented clients at trial and through all aspects of various government, administrative, and internal investigations. His experience includes criminal prosecutions, inquiries, and subpoenas from state and federal agencies.
David's in-court experience sets him apart from the crowd. He has acted as first-chair trial counsel for a variety of bench and jury trials in courts across the country. In addition to his work in the areas of construction and insurance coverage litigation and government and internal investigations, David has successfully litigated various high-end contract and commercial litigation matters. He serves on the Executive Committee (2020 Secretary) of the Network of Trial Law Firms, a network of over 5,000 attorneys in 23 separate and independent trial law firms, including Maslon.
Before joining Maslon, David served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and successfully represented the United States as lead counsel in hundreds of contested hearings and several trials in federal district court and oral arguments in the United States Court of Appeals. Prior to his DOJ service, David was a member of the litigation practice group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago. In between college and law school, David served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and grant writer at Habitat for Humanity. He serves on the Regional Advisory Board for Tickets for Kids, a non-profit organization that provides free access for low income and at-risk kids to attend the arts, cultural, educational, and athletic venues in their communities.