David Davenport is a trial attorney with a wide
range of knowledge and experience who provides accurate, clear, practical and
timely advice to all of his clients.
David’s clients seek out his counsel and advice on a variety of issues
they face in running their businesses and they find him to be an effective and
creative problem solver. He is a fierce litigator who fights to get his clients
the outcomes they deserve and seek, and he actively explores potential
solutions and strategies with clients before litigation begins. He also works
to minimize the number of legal issues his clients must deal with, so they can
focus on their businesses.
David focuses his practice on tax credit based housing, largely
representing developers and partners in disputes involving business
partnerships in the low income tax credit industry, and he has expertise
in litigating partnership exit disputes in the affordable housing industry. He
frequently advises clients on their options and rights available to them to
possibly avoid litigation, but with the increasing number of “exit issues” and
“year 15” problems facing the industry a significant part of David’s practice
involves litigation in this complex area. His litigation experience also
includes construction litigation, software disputes and intellectual property
matters, as well as non-competition agreements and theft of trade secret
matters. Because of his experience in
dealing with complicated partnership structures and business disputes in the
tax credit industry, David also regularly represents business owners in
partnership disputes and vendor based contract disputes.
David has experience representing clients in a
variety of industries, including real estate and construction, finance,
numismatics, emerging technologies, manufacturing, and probate, among others.
He is known and appreciated by his clients for his common sense and practical
approach to complicated legal matters. David’s clients commend him for being a
problem solver who is easy to work with yet simultaneously tough and aggressive
on their behalf.
He is a member of a number of law and industry associations,
including the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association, the National
Council of State Housing Agencies, Affordable Housing Finance, and the American
and Minnesota State Bar Associations, and he has been recognized by the legal
community through a handful of awards. Most recently, Benchmark Litigation named him a “Local Litigation Star” in 2016,
he has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Super Lawyers in 2016, and in 2013, David was named “Attorney of the Year”
by Minnesota Lawyer.
Prior to joining Winthrop & Weinstine, David
was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Renee L. Worke of the Waseca County
District Court, located in southern Minnesota. David lives in Minneapolis with
his wife and four children. He enjoys
snowboarding, hunting, biking and other outdoor activities with his family, friends and clients, and he volunteers in his children’s schools. David is a member of Winthrop &
Weinstine’s Compensation Committee, Associate Development Committee, and
Associate Review Committee, and he previously served as the chairman of the
firm’s Associate Development Committee and Summer Associate Program.
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit