David M. Cialkowski

David M. Cialkowski

Zimmerman Reed LLP

Recognized since 2019

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Practice Areas

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs

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David M. Cialkowski is a partner with Zimmerman Reed and dedicates a substantial portion of his practice to the area of complex and mass tort litigation, with a primary focus on antitrust and consumer protection litigation.

Dave Cialkowski has two decades of experience in complex and class litigation. His leadership and litigation skills have been recognized by state and federal courts and have led to his appointment as class counsel and to several MDL leadership positions.

Dave was a member of the legal team representing the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics, 571 U.S. 161 (2014), an antitrust case against manufacturers of LCD displays, which presented the issue of whether an attorney general’s parens patriae case is a “mass action” under the meaning of the Class Action Fairness Act. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Mississippi’s favor.

On behalf of the firm, Dave served on the Steering Committee for the Commercial and Institutional Indirect Purchaser Plaintiffs in In re Pork Antitrust Litigation, No. 18-cv-1776 (D. Minn.), on the Executive Committee for plaintiffs in In re Crop Inputs Antitrust Litigation, No. 21-md-02993 (E.D. Mo.), and as discovery team leader coordinating complex discovery in In re Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation, 16-md-2724 (E.D. Pa.), In re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation, 15-mc-1404 (D.D.C), and In re Hard Disk Drive Suspension Assemblies Antitrust Litigation, 19-md-291 (N.D. Cal.).

Dave was also appointed to leadership positions in consumer protection class actions including as class counsel on behalf of consumers in the consolidated action Hudock et al. v. LG Electronics U.S.A. Inc., 0:16-cv-01220 (D. Minn.), on behalf of the firm as Executive Committee member in In re Generali COVID-19 Travel Insurance Litigation, No. 20-md-2968 (S.D.N.Y), as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re Apple iPhone 3G and 3GS “MMS” Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 2116, and co-lead counsel in In re Dockers Roundtrip Airfare Promotion Sales Practices Litigation.

His extensive class action experience advanced the claims in In re Fedex Ground Package Systems, Inc., MDL 1700, a multi-district consolidated proceeding involving 40 different state class actions challenging FedEx Grounds’ independent contractor model. He also served as a lead counsel team member in Target Corporation Customer Data Security Breach Litigation (D. Minn.), to recover financial institutions’ losses from the company’s massive 2013 data breach.

In addition to his consumer protection and antitrust work, Dave is experienced in complex mass torts. He was a member of the lead counsel trial team in Levaquin Products Liability Litig., MDL 1943, and represented plaintiffs in In re St. Jude Silzone Heart Valves Product Liability Litigation, MDL 1396. Dave also represented a class of people injured following a train derailment and chemical release in In re Soo Line Railroad Company Derailment of January 18, 2002 in Minot, N.D. His work and leadership led to a clarification in federal law which limited the application of railroad preemption.

In addition to being recognized by the courts, Dave is recognized by his peers as one of Minnesota’s top 100 lawyers in 2020 and 2021, as a Super Lawyer in Minnesota from 2015-2021, and as a Rising Star in Minnesota from 2006-2008 and 2010-2013.

Dave is licensed to practice and a member in good standing, for the Bars of the State of Minnesota and the State of Illinois. He is also admitted to practice before, and is a member in good standing of, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the District of Minnesota, Northern District of Illinois, and District of North Dakota.

  • IDS Center, Suite 1100
    80 South Eighth Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
  • University of Illinois Chicago, John Marshall Law School, J.D., graduated 2000

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers: 2015-2023

  • Super Lawyer Top 100 Lawyers in Minnesota: 2020-2023

  • Minnesota Rising Star Super Lawyers: 2006-2008, 2010-2013

Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants


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