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.