David Jann represents clients in eminent domain/condemnation litigation and property tax appeals. Over the course of his 20-year career, David has developed a reputation for careful work that produces substantial results for clients.

Eminent Domain/Condemnation

David represents both landowners and condemning authorities in proceedings involving agricultural land, commercial/retail property, development land, office buildings, hospitals and medical office buildings, small businesses, and industrial property.

Eminent Domain/Condemnation Appellate Proceedings

David has had considerable success in cases argued in Minnesota's appellate courts, including three cases before the Minnesota Supreme Court.

He is a recognized authority on eminent domain law. He was selected to revise several chapters of Nichols on Eminent Domain, the definitive treatise on eminent domain law used by lawyers nationwide since its original publication in 1909.

Property Tax Appeals

In recent years David has represented owners of school property, charitable organizations, medical institutions, manufacturing companies and owners of large downtown office buildings in property tax appeals.

Past Experience

Prior to joining the firm, David spent eight years as an assistant attorney general in the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, where he litigated hundreds of parcels of property through the eminent domain process on behalf of the largest condemning authority in Minnesota.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota


Mitchell Hamline School of Law
J.D. cum laude, Law Review (associate editor) (1990)

Northern Illinois University
B.A. (1981)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Recent Decisions Concerning the Property Right of Access
    Hennepin County Bar Association, 2018
  • Construction Interference Damages
    Minnesota State Bar Association, 2016
  • What Is and Is Not Property
    MnDOT Right-of-Way Professionals Conference, October 2013
  • Challenging the Right to Take
    National Business Institute, June 2013
  • How Do I Get That Off My Easement?
    International Right of Way Association, June 2013
  • Challenging Expert Qualifications and Expert Opinions in Right of Way Cases
    International Right of Way Association, June 2013
  • The Law of Prescriptive and Common Law Road Easements
    International Right of Way Association, Minnesota Chapter, May 2013
  • Good Faith Negotiations: How the Courts Examine This Duty Owed to Property Owners
    Hennepin County Bar Association, Eminent Domain Section, 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association — Eminent Domain Section (Chair, 2014-15; Vice-Chair, 2013-14; Secretary, 2012-13)

Civic Activities

  • City of Birchwood, Minnesota — Elected member of city council, 2004-07, and appointed member of planning commission, 2002-04
  • City of St. Paul, Minnesota — Appointed member of civil service commission, 1995-99


  • Minnesota Lawyer — Attorneys of the Year, 2018
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