Attorneys - David Cossi

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David Cossi

Phone: 612.226.6567

PRIMARY PRACTICE AREAS

Employment Law
Litigation Management & Strategy
Regulatory Compliance & Risk Management
Preventive Law Training
Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Contracts
General Business Matters
PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

David Cossi has extensive litigation management and employment law experience, both as in-house and outside counsel. His breadth of significant experience includes: litigation management and employment law counseling, risk management of employee claims, regulatory compliance, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts and preventive law training. He also has executive experience in managing corporate legal departments and law firms. Most recently he served as Chief Deputy County Attorney where, in addition to his Chief Deputy duties, he headed an eight-lawyer in-house counsel department.

EMPLOYMENT LAW

David provides a full range of employment law services. He has worked with a variety of businesses and human resource departments as an in-house counsel to publically traded companies on managing individual employee issues concerning discipline and discharge, discrimination, sexual harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage and hour law (FLSA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy and security rules and internal investigations. He has spoken to national audiences across the country on employment law topics, and has authored numerous articles and guidebooks on employment law issues. A federal government agency cited his writings as a resource for employers. David has developed and implemented extensive corporate training programs on employment laws.

LITIGATION MANAGEMENT

As an outside counsel David served as lead trial counsel on hundreds of commercial litigation cases. He managed a team of associates, paralegals, law clerks and administrative assistants in commencing and defending lawsuits through trial and appeals. David’s in-house litigation management includes local, national and international litigation such as a 50 million dollar transactional fraud case in New York City, product liability/medical malpractice litigation in California involving catastrophic injuries, Australian product liability litigation, breach of distributorship litigation in Ireland and Israel and wrongful discharge litigation.

EDUCATION

  • JD, Hamline University School of Law (Law Review, Silver Gavel Honor Society)
  • BS, Western Michigan University (cum laude; Majors: History and Communications)
  • MA, University of Minnesota, Comparative Religion

BAR ADMISSION

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

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND RECOGNITIONS

Current

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota's School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Achieved Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating that signifies a lawyer has earned the highest rating available for their legal ability and professional ethics
  • Faculty, National District Attorney’s Association

Past

  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, William Mitchell School of Law
  • Certified to Teach Lawyers Trial Skills by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • President, 21st District Bar Association
  • Chair, Unity Hospital Community Health Foundation Board
  • Twice Named Super Lawyer. “Super Lawyers” is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer reviewed nominations and peer evaluations.