William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1992, Cum Laude

St. Olaf College, B.A., 1987 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois 


  • Honorable Bernard Becker, U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
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David A. Schooler
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Dave Schooler is a trial attorney with more than 20 years of experience and a winning track record in complex litigation. He has handled more than 500 litigated matters across a broad range of industries. Dave has litigated over 50 jury trials to verdict and more than 100 administrative hearings, court trials and arbitrations to conclusion. He is elected to numerous organizations by his peers for excellence in the court room, including the American Board of Trial Advocates. Dave's clients include banks, financial institutions, hotels, health insurers, insurance companies, dealerships, product manufacturers, construction companies, advertising agencies, software developers, transportation related businesses, retail, medical device manufacturers, as well as closely held and family owned businesses. He regularly serves as litigation counsel for Fortune 500 businesses located outside of Minnesota seeking an experienced trial attorney to handle Minnesota and North Dakota litigation.

Dave practices principally in the areas of:

  • Business litigation 
  • Employment litigation
  • Professional liability
  • Product liability mass tort
  • Class action

Dave is regularly asked to speak to legal and trade groups on employment and business litigation issues. He also serves in leadership roles for legal, nonprofit and community organizations.

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American Bar Association
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2008-2014


  • Trial experience with cases to jury verdict in employment, noncompete/trade secret, professional liability claims, product liability, intellectual property, shareholder disputes, fraud, fiduciary duty, breach of contract, tortuous interference, transportation and property damage claims
  • Serves as litigation counsel for a Fortune 500 mining company in the defense of large block of mass tort lawsuits, including many dismissals
  • Serves as litigation counsel for Fortune 500 bank in mortgage and repurchase litigation
  • Successfully obtained numerous preliminary injunctions and verdicts for clients in non-compete, trade secret, and duty of loyalty cases
  • Serves as panel counsel for EPL, D&O, E&O, CGL and specialty line policy holders in defending business claims to resolution through settlement, summary judgment, jury verdict and arbitration
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment or defense verdicts in employment litigation involving discrimination, harassment, reasonable accommodation, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour, and WARN classaction lawsuits
  • Successfully obtained a favorable verdict in a shareholder deadlock dispute resulting in a forced sale of shares and award of attorney fees
  • Successfully defended claims of fraud and theft of intellectual property for a major advertising agency resulting in a jury verdict of no liability and no damages and a sanction award
  • Successfully obtained jury verdict following three-week trial in favor of minority shareholder including an award of attorney fees and sanctions
  • Successfully defended five officers and directors against breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claims resulting in a defense verdict following a 10-day trial and an award of attorney fees

Professional Affiliations

The Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, Member

The American Board of Trial Advocates, Elected Member

International Association of Defense Counsel, Elected Member

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Elected Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA), Member

American Bar Association, Member

Federal Bar Association, Member

Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member