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David P. Graham

David P. Graham

Senior Counsel


  • Business & Commercial
  • Appellate
  • Food & Beverage
  • Cannabis Law

WSG Practice Industries


Minnesota, U.S.A.


David P. Graham is a member of the Products and Professional Liability Practice Group in Dykema's Minneapolis office. Mr. Graham defends products liability litigation for clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device and food and cannabis industries. He leads the firm's Food & Beverage Industry Group and advises food companies in FDA and USDA labeling, advertising, and safety matters. He also defends health care clients in False Claims Act cases, government investigations related to allegations of fraud and long-term care malpractice claims. Mr. Graham represents clients in multi-district litigation, class actions, and consolidated state court proceedings, and in matters adverse to the FDA and USDA. Mr. Graham is also a member of Dykema's Cannabis Practice Group and advises on regulatory issues related to cannabis. Mr. Graham defends companies in employment termination and discrimination cases. He has litigated and tried several cases to verdict in state and federal court.

Mr. Graham is a member of Dykema's pro bono committee and serves on the benefactor board of the Volunteer Lawyers Network in Minneapolis.

In addition, Mr. Graham teaches Food Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and is Founding Chair of the Food Law Center Advisory Board.

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 1987


Hamline University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
   Hamline Law Review,
    Managing Editor
   Hamline Journal of Law and
    Religion, Student Editor
   Moot Court St. Olaf College, B.A.
   St. Andrews University
   (Scotland), Junior Year Vanderbilt University
   Post-graduate study in
   North American Ministries
Areas of Practice

Appellate | Business & Commercial | Cannabis Law | Food & Beverage | Government Investigations and Corporate Compliance | Health Care | Labor & Employment | Litigation | Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products | Product Liability

Professional Career

Professional Associations

Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Product Liability and Health Law Sections, Member

MSBA Food and Drug Law Section, Chair

Defense Research Institute (DRI), Product Liability and Medical Device Committees

International Association of Defense Counsel

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Volunteer Lawyers Network, Benefactor Board Co-Chair

Equity Stripping Task Force, Member


Minnesota CLE Labor & Employment Law Institute
November 29, 2012

MSBA Food, Drug and Device Law Seminar
May 3, 2012


Still Time to Appeal: Executive Order and Bills Aim to Extend Property Tax Assessment Appeal Dates in Michigan and Provide Additional Tax Relief in Illinois
Dykema, May 2020

The 2020 appeal season is moving and changing quickly, so be sure to not miss any filing deadlines. The deadline for filing petitions with the Michigan Tax Tribunal is set by statute as May 31. On May 14, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-87 (the “Order”), to extend the deadline to protest 2020 property tax assessments to grant some amount of relief to individuals and businesses amid the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis...

Dykema Real Estate and Tax Alert: 2020 Tax Appeal Season Is Upon Us, and Deadlines Are Quickly Approaching
Dykema, May 2020

Deadline to File Appeal With the Michigan Tax Tribunal Is Quickly Approaching The deadline for filing petitions for new 2020 tax appeals with the Michigan Tax Tribunal is May 31, 2020...

Food Law and Safety During COVID-19
Dykema, April 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the food industry, just as it has many others. The good news is that food-to-person transmission of the disease does not seem to be a risk. The challenge remains keeping workers safe from airborne and surface transmission. However, the FDA and the USDA have provided guidance and recommendations to food producers to deal with COVID-19, links to which have been provided below. The guidance focuses on stopping the person-to-person spread of the disease...

Additional Articles

"Challenging FDA;s Discretionary Authority" Co-Author
April 2012

"A Little 'Guidance': All You Need for Preemption?" Co-Author
February 2012

"Tackling Childhood Obesity, Slimming 1st Amendment" Co-Author
October 2011

"Claiming Breach of Warranty in Food Labeling Cases" Co-Author
May 2011

"Questionable Consumer Fraud Cases in Food Industry"
January 2011

"The Fight Over Food Labeling and Free Speech"
November 2010

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