David Y. Trevor

David Y. Trevor




With 30 years’ experience in Dorsey’s Trial Department and Labor & Employment Group, David has worked on a wide variety of litigation, arbitration and appeals, at all levels and at all stages of the case. Whether trying a case himself, working as part of a larger team, or writing and arguing appeals, David’s two goals are (1) to make sure the client understands the risks – and potential rewards – in any given litigation; and (2) to obtain the best possible result. David also believes strongly that all clients, from the largest corporations in the world being sued for a billion dollars to a pro bono individual trying to recover a few hundred dollars, are entitled to Dorsey’s very best service.

Education & Admissions

Yale Law School (J.D., 1983)

Washington University in St. Louis (A.B., English Literature and History, 1980), summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Claims Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


Representative Litigation

  • Successfully tried international arbitration arising out of medical device manufacturer’s termination of Swedish distributor; distributor’s claims were dismissed, and manufacturer was awarded (and collected) costs and attorney’s fees
  • Obtained summary judgments, affirmed on appeal, in numerous age discrimination cases against defense contractor
  • Representing management, successfully arbitrated termination claims brought by union members against steel distribution center and iron foundry
  • Represented former CEO and company founder in successful arbitration against company that breached his contract and defamed him; multimillion dollar settlement after favorable arbitration award was obtained
  • Successfully represented medical device manufacturer in jury trial involving claims and counterclaims of false advertising; our client obtained multimillion dollar verdict and defeated counterclaims brought against it
  • Defended successful appeal of jury verdict in false advertising case referenced above
  • Successfully argued summary judgment and briefed and argued successful appeal of $82 million claim by shareholders arising out of merger
  • Successfully defended major insurance company in $45 million class action claim; our client obtained summary judgment that was affirmed on appeal
  • Represented major reinsurance broker which obtained summary judgment, affirmed on appeal, in case involving contracts for fee-sharing
  • Defended major reinsurance broker in $20 million jury trial arising out of customer complaint; case settled after favorable jury verdict
  • Successfully defended major bank in arbitration claim by software start-up claiming tortious interference and breach of contract; start sought $250 million, but was awarded $250 thousand 

News & Resources


The “N-word,” the “Black Monkey Girl,” and the “Confident, African American Male”: Workplace Language and Hostile Environment Claims
Second Circuit Holds Pro-Union Sentiment Outweighs Impropriety of Profanity-Laden Rant Against Supervisor, His Mother, and “His Entire ****ing Family”
Will That Sandwich Make You Sick? – 8th Circuit Holds NLRA Does Not Protect Disparaging Statements By Jimmy John’s Employees
Employment Law Update
"Medical Judgments to be Crucial in New Disability Act," (co-author) Minnesota Medicine
"Managing the Disabled Employee: The Duty to Accommodate," (co-author) Eighth Annual Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute

Industries & Practices

International Arbitration & Litigation
Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Emerging Companies
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Healthcare
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Arbitration & Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Real Estate & Land Use
  • Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement
  • Technology


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  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2015-2018
David Y. Trevor