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


  • Honorable Bernard Becker, U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
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Dave Schooler is a trial attorney with 27 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, education institutions, 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, North Dakota and South Dakota litigation.

Dave practices principally in the areas of:

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

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

  • Benchmark Litigation, Labor & Employment Star- Midwest
  • Named one of "America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators" 
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, American Bar Association
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Super Lawyers


  • 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
  • Lead counsel for many Federal and State wage and hour class action disputes
  • Successfully resolved more than 100 employment lawsuits involving discrimination, reasonable accommodation, retaliation, harassment and wrongful termination
  • Successfully obtained numerous preliminary injunctions and verdicts for clients in non-compete, trade secret, and duty of loyalty cases
  • Serves as litigation counsel for a Fortune 500 bank for employent litigation and investigations
  • Serves as litigation counsel for a Fortune 500 bank for banking litigation
  • Serves as litigation counsel for a Fortune 500 mining company in the defense of more than 100 mass tort lawsuits

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