David A. Tank
PEOPLE

David A. Tank

Partner
tank.dave@dorsey.com

Overview

DAVID LEADS THE DES MOINES TRIAL GROUP. OVER THE LAST 31 YEARS, HE HAS EARNED A REPUTATION AMONG JUDGES, CLIENTS, AND PEERS AS A DEDICATED, CREATIVE AND FEROCIOUS ADVOCATE FOR HIS CLIENTS.

David is the former Co-Chair of the Dorsey Food and Agriculture Industry Group. His wide-ranging practice includes, but is not limited to, complex business litigation, and cases involving patents and other intellectual property. He has tried dozens of cases to verdict in front of juries in Iowa, Florida, and South Dakota.

He is pro-active, and client oriented. He will not hesitate to prepare and try a case to verdict, but will pursue settlement when that is in his client's best interests. Unlike many civil litigators, David’s focus is on solving problems, not grinding out discovery and taking an endless number of depositions. He works with clients to identify clear goals in litigation, and to then implement specific plans to reach those particular goals.

Among the many accolades David has received in his career, he is one of only nine Iowa lawyers to be ranked in “Band 1” General Commercial Litigation by Chambers and Partners, and is the youngest lawyer in that category. Chambers has noted that David receives praise for his "professionalism and deep knowledge" and notes that “nothing is more important to him than his clients."

Education & Admissions

University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., 1984), With High Distinction

Colgate University (B.A., 1981)

Admissions

  • Iowa

Experience

Representative Work

Some examples of David’s recent work are the following:


  • Successfully defended the officers and directors of a federally chartered bank against claims brought by the FDIC for breach of fiduciary duty, and against their insurance company seeking a declaratory judgment that coverage did not exist for those claims.
  • Aggressively litigated several patent infringement claims seeking compensation for the improper use of innovative food safety technology. Each of the cases were resolved on terms favorable to his client.
  • Resolved a claim brought by a former member of an accounting firm for an amount substantially less than what the firm had offered to settle prior to his engagement in the matter.
  • Obtained a seven figure judgment after a trial to the court on behalf of a minority shareholder in a closely held company who had been improperly “squeezed out” of his position by a former partner (Polk County, Iowa).
  • Settled a claim for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and copyright infringement, seeking over one hundred million dollars on the eve of trial for less than the costs of trial (S.D. Iowa).
  • Obtained a seven figure settlement from one defendant, thereafter obtaining a seven figure verdict against another defendant in a complex construction / engineering malpractice matter (Woodbury County, Iowa).
  • Obtained a directed verdict on some claims, followed by a jury verdict on all remaining claims in a case against a developer for fraud and creation of a nuisance relative to sales of condominiums in Florida (West Palm Beach, Florida, State Court).

News & Resources

News & Press Mentions

Super Lawyers Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers in Des Moines
Managing Intellectual Property Ranks Seventeen Dorsey Attorneys as 2019 IP Stars
Chambers USA 2019 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Nine Dorsey Lawyers Selected in Des Moines for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019
Super Lawyers Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers in Des Moines
Seventeen Dorsey Attorneys Ranked 2018 IP Stars
Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Litigation Practice in Des Moines
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 16 Dorsey Lawyers
Eight Dorsey Lawyers Selected in Des Moines for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 and 2018 Lawyers of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers in Des Moines
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Litigation Practice in Des Moines
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Dorsey’s Des Moines Office Recognized for Commercial Law - Law Firm of the Year in Iowa
Twelve Dorsey Attorneys Named 2017 IP Stars
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 17 Dorsey Lawyers
Dorsey Nationally Ranked and Named Trademark Law Firm of the Year by "U.S. News – Best Lawyers" Best Law Firms
8 Dorsey Lawyers Selected in Des Moines for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 15 Dorsey Lawyers
Dorsey Recognized by Global Law Experts in 11 Practice Areas
Super Lawyers Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers in Des Moines
Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Litigation Practice in Des Moines
Chambers USA 2016 Ranks Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Thirteen Dorsey Attorneys Named 2016 IP Stars
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 15 Dorsey Lawyers
Super Lawyers Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers in Des Moines

Industries & Practices

Trademark, Copyright, Advertising & Brand Management
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Healthcare
  • Healthcare Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • LegalMine Document Review Solutions
  • Products Liability
  • Trademark, Copyright, Advertising & Brand Management
  • Trusts & Estates Litigation

Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

  • The Home Connection, Board Member, 2007
  • Hawthorne Hill, Board Member, 2008 - Present
  • Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation, Board Member, 2008-Present

Accolades

Ranked in Chambers USA 2019 Leading Individual  Chambers USA 2018 Leading Individual  Ranked in USA Chambers 2017 Leading Individual  Top Ranked - USA Chambers and Partners 2016 - Leading Individual   Top Ranked Chambers USA 2015 - Leading Individual    

  • Named one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” (Band 1) by Chambers USA (Litigation: General Commercial), 2005-2019
  • Top Tier lawyer, recommended by The Legal 500

  • Recognized as a "Local Litigation Star – Iowa" by Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2018
  • Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America© (Commercial Litigation), 2007-2020
  • Recognized as an “IP Star” in 2013-2019 by Managing Intellectual Property Handbook
  • Listed in Great Plains Super Lawyers, 2007 and 2009-2019
  • Recognized by Global Law Experts as “Commercial Law Firm of the Year in Iowa – 2016” 
David A. Tank