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David Lutz's practice has been devoted to complex civil litigation for more than 29 years, primarily defending manufacturers in mass tort, toxic tort and commercial litigation. David is national counsel for two product manufacturers and two asbestos clients and regional counsel for others. He has defended many toxic tort matters, including asbestos, MTBE ground water contamination, mold, and silica litigation. 

Considered one of the foremost asbestos friction (brakes and clutches) trial counsel in the country, David has been a trial workhorse in the asbestos arena, starting nearly 10 trials in the last few years. He has set up war rooms, picked juries, delivered opening statements and cross-examined witnesses for equipment and automotive clients involved in asbestos litigation. David represents more than 20 clients in asbestos matters on a local or regional basis. While he is prepared to take any matter to trial, David understands the value of effectively and favorably resolving cases for his clients outside of the courtroom in the most cost-effective manner possible. 

David has represented some of the world’s largest product manufacturers in cases across the country, including motor vehicles, farm equipment, heavy industrial equipment, paint equipment, playground equipment, personal flotation devices, propane heaters, medical devices and all-terrain vehicles. Additionally, he has defended construction defect cases and has represented shareholders in close corporations and manufacturers in cases brought by terminated sales representatives, dealers and franchisees. 

David has completed training as a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the General Rules of Practice and was listed on the Facilitative / Hybrid Minnesota Statewide ADR-Rule 114 Neutrals Roster but needs to complete additional seminars to regain that status.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1989
  • North Dakota, 2001
  • Wisconsin, 2005

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1989
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., 1986
    —summa cum laude
    —Phi Beta Kappa
    —Major: Political Science
    —Major: History

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute, Inc.
      —Toxic Torts & Environmental Law Committee Member
    • Minnesota State Bar Association


    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2012 – 2019

Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • “The Future of Lung Cancer Cases,” Co-Presenter, PERRIN National Asbestos Litigation Conference, September 2019
  • “Asbestos: An Update for the Defense,” Co-Presenter, Webinar, March 2019
  • "The Reclassification of Diesel Exhaust," Co-Presenter, Defense Research Institute Webinar, October 2012
  • "Witness Preparation - The Ethics of Shaping the Testimony," Presenter, DRI Seminar, March 2010


  • "Cross-Examining a Plaintiff’s Historian," Co-Author, For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, March 2019
  • "The Future of Asbestos Litigation," Co-Author, For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, June 2017
  • "Defending Machine Performance/Warranty Cases-Paring the Claims and Limiting the Damages," Author, For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, May 2013
  • "An Asbestos Parallel? Diesel Exhaust - Recent Developments," Author, For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, March 2013
  • "Dealing Effectively with the Child Witness," Co-Author, IPEMA Newsletter, Summer 2008
  • "Defense Themes in Design Cases," Co-Author, IPEMA Newsletter, Fall 2007
  • "Defense Themes in Playground Equipment Warnings Cases," Co-Author, IPEMA Newsletter, June 2007
  • "Diesel Exhaust - The Next Asbestos?," Author, For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, November 2005
  • "For Defendants: Developing the Sophisticated User/Intermediary Defense," Author, Silica Legal News Report, September 2005
  • "Holding Municipalities Responsible for Improper Installation and Maintenance of Your Recreation Products," Author,, September 2004