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David W. Graves, Jr.

David W. Graves, Jr.

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David Graves, Jr. has an esteemed reputation as one of Bowman and Brooke’s most seasoned and successful trial lawyers and is a sought-after first chair defense attorney for catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases in the automotive industry. His entire practice is concentrated in national litigation.

David’s 26-year record of jury verdicts has been instrumental in establishing Bowman and Brooke as a leading national litigation defense firm for complex product liability. Over the last ten years, David has prevailed in over 10 jury trials in as many states, aggressively defending automotive manufacturers against catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims in the most hostile jurisdictions in the nation. His audacious appetite for the courtroom and reputation for swift and meticulous trial preparation serve clients including Toyota, Isuzu, Nissan, and General Motors.

His persuasiveness in courtrooms across the country is informed by a credentialed and sophisticated background in mechanical engineering, notably including authorship of NASA’s ground test program for eight solar telescope experiments on the SKYLAB Orbiting Workshop. David’s case analysis and trial preparation draws on automotive industry insights cultivated during his tenure on the legal staff at General Motors.

Among his many notable accomplishments, David was named an Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer Magazine in 2010. 

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1975
  • Michigan, 1975
  • Florida, 1976

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2013


  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., 1975

    magna cum laude

    Student Director, Moot Court Program

    National Moot Court Competition, 1974

  • University of Notre Dame, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1968

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute
    • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
    • Society of Automotive Engineers
    • American Bar Association
    • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Michigan State Bar Association
    • Florida State Bar Association
    • Hennepin County Bar Association


    • Minnesota Lawyer Magazine
      —Attorney of the Year, 2010
    • Who's Who Legal
      —International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers, London, England, 2010, 2013 - 2015
    • The Legal 500
      —Named in 2015, 2010 – 2009; in which clients say his strengths are his “tenacity and terrific cross-examining skills,” and his “excellent technical (engineering) knowledge and a lot of experience.”
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2015 - 2007

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