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David E. Camarotto


David E. Camarotto


Practice Groups

Construction, General Liability, Products Liability

Industry Groups

Construction, Insurance


Mr. Camarotto litigates and consults on construction, products liability, and general liability disputes, including catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and commercial and motor vehicle claims.

Mr. Camarotto regularly represents corporations, individuals, and insurers in litigation involving catastrophic loss, premises liability, construction, contract, and products claims. His clients include insurance companies, self-insured entities, and third-party administrators in general liability matters involving wrongful death and injury, commercial and motor vehicle, and products claims. Mr. Camarotto defends developers, contractors and trade groups in construction defect claims, contractual and indemnity disputes, and additional insured litigation.

Mr. Camarotto serves on Bassford Remele's Board of Directors. As former chair of the firm's Associate Development Committee, Mr. Camarotto participated in the creation of programs that foster business development and other growth opportunities for the firm’s associate attorneys.

Education & Admissions


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2000
  • St. John’s University, B.A., 1997

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin

Judicial Clerkships

  • Hennepin County District Court
    • The Honorable John J. Sommerville, Law Clerk, 2000-2001


Representative Cases

Obtained a defense verdict in a wrongful death/medical malpractice matter for a physician and health care client.

Obtained summary judgment on premises liability claims against a landlord client arising out of allegations of dangerous conditions due to snow and ice.

Represented general contractor in a construction defect claim alleging negligent work and abandonment of project. Obtained defense verdict.

Obtained a defense verdict for a health care client in a premises claim alleging damages of more than $1 million.

Obtained a voluntary dismissal of all claims against a developer and general contractor client for alleged negligent construction practices leading to the damage of a neighboring building and property.

Obtained summary judgment on premises liability claims asserted against a bar/restaurant client and successfully defended dismissal and obtained affirmance at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Successfully opposed subpoenas for telecommunications client’s customers’ personal information, which contributed to the investigation and sanctions of purported “porn trolling” litigants.

Obtained summary judgment on premises liability claims against a baseball stadium owner and successfully defended dismissal and obtained affirmance at Minnesota Court of Appeals based on assumption of risk defenses.

Defended and resolved driver of vehicle involved in accident resulting in catastrophic injuries and multiple fatalities.

Seibert v. Amateur Athletic Union of U.S., Inc., 422 F. Supp. 2d 1033 (D. Minn. 2006).

Alwin v. St. Paul Saints Baseball Club, Inc., 672 N.W.2d 570 (Minn. App. 2003).

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court, Barrister

Bar Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Civil Litigation Section
    • Construction Law Section
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Associated General Contractors of Minnesota

Civic Involvement

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Trial Advocacy Adjunct Professor, 2005-2015
  • Mitchell Hamline College of Law, Legal Practicum Course Adjunct Professor, 2005-2008; 2012-2015


Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Personal Injury Litigation, 2023 ed.
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers, 2015-present
  • Minnesota Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers, 2004-2014


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