Dave is a member and past-President of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, a group of criminal defense lawyers who aggressively defend DWI and other criminal cases. He is one of twelve lawyers who serve members of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, representing officers who face critical incidents and / or criminal charges. Dave is one of eight lawyers in Minnesota to receive the Minnesota Judges' Choice Awards in three categories, including: WINS THE MOST CASES and MOST PREPARED. Since 1997, he has been selected, annually, as a Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law and Politics magazine. These two distinctions are earned by fewer than 6% of Minnesota lawyers, as determined by a statewide survey of lawyers. Dave has also been selected by his peers as one of Minnesota's TOP 40 Criminal Law SuperLawyers. In 2009, Dave was selected for inclusion in both ATLA's Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Minnesota and The Best Lawyers in America.
Dave lectures locally and nationally at legal seminars on criminal law, criminal procedure and trial tactics. Dave has a reputation for focusing on details and meeting the needs of each client. Although a former Golden Gloves Boxer, Dave now restricts his battles to the courtroom.