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David M. Dahlmeier

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David M. Dahlmeier

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Practice Groups

Products Liability

Industry Groups

Agribusiness

Overview

Mr. Dahlmeier is a products liability trial lawyer with extensive experience defending agribusinesses, product manufacturers, and product suppliers across the United States. He is national counsel for several propane suppliers.

As lead counsel on a substantial number of large exposure cases before state and federal courts across the nation, Mr. Dahlmeier leverages his litigation experience and specialized technical knowledge to favorably resolve his clients’ disputes. He has handled more than 500 fire and explosion investigations and cases, often drawing upon his extensive forensic investigation and specialized technical training relating to propane and natural gas. He has also handled many products liability cases related to agribusiness.

Mr. Dahlmeier is chair of Bassford Remele’s Products Liability Practice Group.

Education & Admissions

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1996
  • Hamline University, B.A., cum laude, 1992

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin

Judicial Clerkships

  • Carlton County District Court
    • The Honorable Robert E. Macaulay, Law Clerk, 1996-1997

Experience

Representative Cases

Trials
Successfully defended a farmers’ cooperative where an electrician was severely burned when exposed to scalding water overflowing from a condensate tank system designed by defendant. Post-trial, the court denied both plaintiff’s motion for a new trial and plaintiff’s motion to alter and amend under Rule 59(a), holding that defendant was not jointly liable for the percentage of damages allocated to plaintiff’s employer. White v. Minn-Dak, No. 3:16-CV-00036 (U.S.D.C. N.D. Sept. 27, 2017). (Product Liability)

Obtained a defense verdict for a farmers’ cooperative against a plaintiff seeking damages for alleged crop overspray. The court found that plaintiff failed to convince the court that the damages to his corn were caused by the cooperative. The cooperative was awarded monetary damages for products they supplied the plaintiff. Haug v. Farmers Coop. Elevator, No. 23-CO-15-26 (Fillmore Cty. Minn. Nov. 30, 2015). (Pesticide Application)

Defended a gas station in a personal injury trial, where plaintiff allegedly injured his ankle when he stepped on uneven concrete while exiting his truck. Voigt v. United Coop., No. 13-CV-345 (Dodge Cty. Wis. Nov. 12, 2014). (Premises Liability)

Obtained a defense verdict for a retail propane supplier in a case where frozen water pipes burst and caused water damage. Plaintiffs alleged that defendant improperly installed, modified, or inspected a venting system in the second-stage regulator or a boiler. Fed Ins. Co. v. Interstate Energy, LLC, No. 12CV123 (Douglas Cty. Wis. Sept. 18, 2013). (Product Liability)

Obtained a defense verdict for a cooperative in a lawsuit alleging that defendant negligently installed a propane system for a new hog-production facility. Tamco Pork, LLC v. Heartland Coop., No. LAC1007159 (Marshall Cty. Iowa Nov. 27, 2013). (Product Liability/Construction Defect).

Successfully represented homeowner’s association in a construction defect trial. Eat Street Flats v. Flag Brothers, Inc., No. 27-CV-10-10841 (Hennepin Cty. Minn. Feb. 2, 2012). (Construction Defect)

Represented a propane distributer in an explosion case involving two minors who sustained serious burn injuries. Firgard v. New Century FS, Inc., No. LACV111372 (Blackhawk Cty. Iowa Jan. 5, 2012). (Product Liability)

Represented a truck driver in a motor vehicle collision trial [and obtained a favorable settlement for the client.] Fredrickson’s, Inc. v. Erb Transport, Ltd., No. 16-CV-10-47 (Cook Cty. Minn. Mar. 3, 2011). (Property Damage)

Obtained a complete defense verdict for a propane provider in an explosion case where the homeowner was killed. Hebl v. New Horizons FS, Inc., No. LACV068783 (Johnson Cty. Iowa 2010). (Product Liability)

Appellate Cases
Obtained affirmance of a defense verdict where the court of appeals held that the district court did not err when it declined to give the jury a res ipsa loquitur instruction. Tamco Pork II, LLC v. Heartland Co-op, 876 N.W.2d 226 (Iowa App. 2015). (Product Liability)

Obtained reversal of a grant of summary judgment in a subrogation action involving a fatal propane explosion on behalf of an insurer. The court held that genuine issues of material fact still existed for the negligence claim. Lyzhoft v. Waconia Farm Supply, 2013 WL 3368832 (Minn. Ct. App. July 8, 2013). (Product Liability)

Obtained affirmance of summary judgment on behalf of wholesale suppliers in a lawsuit involving a propane explosion. The court held that defendants could not have reasonably foreseen the events leading up to the explosion of the plaintiff’s home. Lammle v. Gappa Oil Co., 2009 WL 67438 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 13, 2009). (Product Liability)

Obtained a directed verdict on behalf of an industrial cleaning company sued for allegedly hydroblasting a rag into an oil compressor. Flint Hills Res. LP v. Lovegreen Turbine Servs., 2008 WL 4527816 (D. Minn. Sept. 29, 2008). (Gas Refinery Overhaul)

Obtained affirmance of the district court’s grant of summary judgment in an explosion case where plaintiff was severely burned and his house was destroyed. Ciomber v. Cooperative Plus, Inc., 527 F.3d 635 (7th Cir. 2008). (Product Liability)

Obtained affirmance of a grant of summary judgment where defendant repaired water damage in plaintiff’s home after a fire. Smith v. Lindstrom Cleaning & Const., Inc., 2008 WL 2020493 (Minn. Ct. App. May 13, 2008). (Construction Defect)

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Selected Member

Bar Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Agricultural Law Section
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Propane Gas Defense Association
  • Blue Flame Gas Association
  • National Fire Protection Association

Accolades

Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers, 2014-present

Nationwide Representation

Nationwide Representation

  • Alabama: RV fire - two fatalities.
  • Arkansas: Church fire - major property damage.
  • Colorado: House explosion - one adult with severe burn injuries.
  • Florida: House fire - one adult with severe burn injuries.
  • Georgia: House explosion - one adult with severe burn injuries.
  • Georgia: Church fire - major property damage.
  • Idaho: Cabin explosion - one fatality.
  • Illinois: House explosion - one adult with severe burn injuries.
  • Illinois: House explosion - two fatalities.
  • Illinois: House explosion - six fatalities.
  • Indiana: House explosion - one fatality.
  • Iowa: House fire - one fatality.
  • Iowa: House explosion - one minor with severe burn injuries.
  • Iowa: House explosion - two minors with severe burn injuries.
  • Kansas: Apartment explosion - one fatality.
  • Kentucky: House explosion - three fatalities.
  • Kentucky: Cylinder explosion - one fatality.
  • Maryland: House fire - property damage.
  • Massachusetts: House explosion – one fatality.
  • Michigan: House explosion - one adult with severe burn injuries.
  • Minnesota: House explosion - one adult and three minors with severe burn injuries.
  • Minnesota: House explosion - one adult with severe burn injuries.
  • Minnesota: Explosion at industrial plant - one adult with severe burn injuries.
  • Mississippi: House explosion - three fatalities, and one adult and one minor with severe burn injuries.
  • Missouri: House explosion - two adults with severe burn injuries.
  • Montana: Oil field equipment fire - one adult with severe burn injuries.
  • Nebraska: Pool house explosion - one adult with severe burn injuries.
  • New Hampshire: House explosion - one fatality.
  • New York: House explosion - one fatality and four adults with severe burn injuries.
  • North Carolina: Apartment fire - two adults and one minor with severe burn injuries.
  • North Dakota: Industrial accident - two adults with severe burn injuries.
  • North Dakota: House explosion - one adult with severe burn injuries.
  • Ohio: House explosion - one fatality.
  • South Dakota: House explosion - four fatalities, and two adults and one minor with severe burn injuries.
  • South Dakota: Restaurant fire - two fatalities.
  • Tennessee: House fire - one adult fatality and one minor with severe burn injuries.
  • Virginia: Explosion at county fair - two adults with severe burn injuries
  • Virginia: Fire at commercial property - significant property damage.
  • Washington: House explosion - one adult with severe burn injuries.
  • Wisconsin: House explosion - one fatality.
  • Wyoming: House explosion - one adult with severe burn injuries.

Publications

Seminars

  • New Case Law and How It Affects Your Case, presenter, Whitemore Fire Annual Seminar, Lakeville, MN, October 12, 2018
  • Propane and the Law, presenter, Minnesota Propane Gas Association Summer Convention, Walker, MN, July 17, 2018
  • Customer Safety – A Responsibility, presenter, Minnesota Propane Gas Association Summer Convention, Duluth, MN, July 22, 2015
  • Protecting Your Company’s Assets, presenter, Minnesota Propane Gas Association Summer Convention, Duluth, MN, July 21, 2015