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David Hashmall’s litigation practice focuses on corporate and commercial litigation, including the representation of closely held corporations, the defense of securities and antitrust claims, and service on special litigation committees.

David has extensive experience in insurance coverage litigation, including litigation regarding professional and fiduciary liability policies and claims against state insurance guaranty associations. His practice also includes the defense of fiduciary liability claims under ERISA.

David is an Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114  of the Minnesota Rules of General Practice.



  • Commercial Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Antitrust Claims
  • Fiduciary Liability Claims Defense
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Product Liability Defense

Representative Cases

  • Mensing v. Wyeth, Inc., 588 F. 3d 603 (8th Cir. 2009)
  • In re UnitedHealth Group Incorporated Shareholder Derivative Litigation, 754 N.W. 2d 544 (Minn. 2008)
  • Mensing v. Wyeth, Inc., 562 F. Supp. 2d 1056 (D. Minn. 2008)
  • Drewitz v. Motorwerks, Inc., 728 N.W. 2d 231 (Minn. 2007)
  • Champagne Metals v. Ken-Mac Metals, Inc., 458 F. 3d 1073 (10th Cir. 2006)
  • Johnson v. US Bancorp Broad-Based Change, 424 F. 3d 734 (8th Cir. 2005)
  • Honeywell, Inc. v. Minnesota Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association, 110      F. 3d 547 (8th
    Cir. 1997)
  • Arizona Life & Disability Insurance Guaranty Fund v. Honeywell, Inc., 945 P. 2d 805 (Ariz. 1997)
  • Northwest Airlines, Inc. v. Federal Insurance Company, 32 F. 3d 349 ((8th Cir. 1994)
  • Honeywell v. Minnesota Life & Health Ins., 518 N.W. 2d 557 (Minn. 1994)
  • Johnson v. AB, CD, EF and GH, 841 F. Supp. 891 (D. Minn. 1992)

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

  • Listed as a leading attorney in Commercial Litigation in The Best Lawyers in America 2011 – 2022 editions.
  • Named a Super Lawyer® for 2003-2005, 2008- 2010.
  • Selected by the American Research Corporation as a leading Minnesota attorney in the area of small and privately held corporations law
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” (highest rating) by Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory
  • Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota Rules of General Practice

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • U.S. Court of International Trade, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1982
  • Minnesota, 1982
  • Supreme Court of Minnesota, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1978

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Fourth District Ethics Committee, Current Member
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure, Current Member
  • Minneapolis Legal Aid Society, Former President
  • Hunger Solutions Minnesota, Member, Former Director


  • J.D., Harvard University, 1977
  • M.A., The University of Chicago, 1974
  • B.A., Brooklyn College, 1972


  • The Honorable Herbert N. Maletz, The United States Court of International Trade, 1982


  • Adjunct professor of law (Insurance Law), Hamline University School of Law, 2010-2011
  • Adjunct professor of law (Remedies), William Mitchell College of Law, 1983


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