David Suchar, a skilled trial attorney and former federal prosecutor, regularly represents clients in construction and insurance coverage disputes, government and internal investigations, and a variety of commercial litigation. Who's Who Legal has consistently ranked David as one of the top three under-45 construction lawyers in the United States (2019-21), describing him in their annual "Future Leaders" guide as "an impressive trial lawyer whose practice spans the spectrum of construction matters from insurance to payment claims." Chambers USA published client commentary describing David's strengths as "mastery of insurance, understanding the construction industry, exceptional writing skills and aggressive negotiation." He has been ranked by a variety of other attorney rating organizations, including The Best Lawyers in America® (2022) and Super Lawyers® (2021). David worked closely with Maslon Partner Steve Schleicher representing the state of Minnesota in its prosecution of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, helping to coordinate the state's cross-examination on use-of-force issues.
David has developed a niche national practice representing commercial policyholders in insurance coverage disputes, including on many of the largest construction projects and claims across the United States. Recent matters include the LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Reconstruction Project (NYC); Las Vegas Raiders (Allegiant) Stadium; Second Avenue Subway (NYC); claims on Millennium Tower, Transbay Transit Center, and Salesforce Tower (San Francisco) (winning summary adjudication on insurance case for the duty to defend on $12 million in legal fees); the Florida International University bridge collapse (Miami); and the NSA's Utah Data Center. He frequently presents at conferences across the country on construction and insurance coverage issues, drawing from his experience on the Steering Committee for the ABA Forum on Construction Law's Division 7 (Insurance, Surety & Liens) and as contributing editor of The Construction Lawyer, the flagship ABA construction publication. Beginning in 2022, David will host the ABA's Construction Law Today podcast series, after appearing as a guest for its two-part podcast on Insurance Coverage Issues in Construction Litigation, and he was lead co-author for the insurance chapter in the ABA's decennial Construction Defects book (2021).
David’s prosecution and defense of substantive construction claims has included serving as lead counsel for the structural engineer for all construction claims on the Minnesota Vikings (U.S. Bank) Stadium Project; lead trial counsel for the EPC contractor on the Aurora Solar Project in Minnesota—at its time the largest solar project in Minnesota history; lead counsel for the University of Minnesota on claims arising out of the $110 million Northrop Auditorium remodel; lead counsel for Jacobs Engineering winning summary judgment dismissal of a $2 million personal injury lawsuit; and for numerous lien and payment claims through negotiation, arbitration, and trial.
As a former federal prosecutor, David has also counseled and represented clients at trial and through all aspects of various government, administrative, and internal investigations. His experience includes criminal prosecutions, inquiries, and subpoenas from state and federal agencies.
David's in-court experience sets him apart from the crowd. He has acted as first-chair trial counsel for a variety of bench and jury trials in courts across the country. In addition to his work in the areas of construction and insurance coverage litigation and government and internal investigations, David has successfully litigated various high-end contract and commercial litigation matters. He serves on the Executive Committee (2021 Treasurer) of the Network of Trial Law Firms, a network of over 5,000 attorneys in 23 separate and independent trial law firms, including Maslon.
Before joining Maslon, David served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and successfully represented the United States as lead counsel in hundreds of contested hearings and several trials in federal district court and oral arguments in the United States Court of Appeals. Prior to his DOJ service, David was a member of the litigation practice group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago. In between college and law school, David served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and grant writer at Habitat for Humanity. He serves on the Regional Advisory Board for Tickets for Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides free access for low income and at-risk kids to attend the arts, cultural, educational, and athletic venues in their communities.