David H. Johnson



Dave Johnson provides government relations counsel to clients, helping them understand, comply with, and seize opportunities related to new regulations and government actions.
He represents clients before the Minnesota Legislature, state and federal agencies, and local units of government in matters including:
  • Taxation and local government incentives 
  • Transportation 
  • Technology 
  • Energy 
  • Environment 
  • Health care 
  • Pensions

Dave works with trade and professional associations, governmental entities, financial services providers, corporations, pension funds and others. He advises clients on government contracting and compliance, licensing, open meeting, and data practices issues. Dave also counsels clients on state and federal campaign finance law and the regulation of political activity.

Past Experience

Before joining Faegre Drinker, Dave led the government affairs practice at another Minneapolis law firm. From 1997 to 2002, he served in the Minnesota Senate where he focused on transportation, energy and economic development issues.

Minnesota State Senate

  • Senator, 1997-2002 
  • Majority Whip, 2001-02 
  • Electric Deregulation Subcommittee of Jobs, Energy and Community Development Committee — Chair, 1997-2001 
  • Legislative Electric Energy Task Force — Chair 
  • NCAA Task Force — Chair 
  • Workforce Development Task Force — Chair
Analyzing the Impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to End Affirmative Action
Analyzing the Impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to End Affirmative Action

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Bar Admissions



University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. (1989)

Augsburg College
B.A. in Political Science and Communications (1986)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Governmental Relations Council, 2003-present
  • Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership — Board, 2003-06
  • Governor's Workforce Development Council, 2001-03
  • American Council of Young Political Leaders
  • American Bar Association — Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Legislative Committee, Chair, 2004-05
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Hazeltine National Golf Club — Division Chair of Government Relations, 2016 Ryder Cup
  • Normandale Community College Foundation — Board, 1998-2003


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Award, 2023
Awards Methodology
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