David Kempston

J.D. University of Minnesota Law School
B.A. Westmount College
Email: dkempston@mottazlaw.com


David Kempston is a top Minnesota attorney, author, and nationally renowned speaker.  He was born and educated on the West Coast. He moved to Minnesota to attend law school over 29 years ago. Since graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1992 (Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif), he has spent over 26 years as a litigator—primarily handling workers compensation claims. During that interval, he has tried about 400 worker’s compensation cases. He has also appeared at oral argument in front of various appellate courts, including the Minnesota Supreme Court—about 30 times.

He has been voted a Super Lawyer every year since 2000. He was named the 2017 Anoka County lawyer of the year by the Anoka County Bar Association. He frequently lectures on the MN Worker’s Compensation Statute and is a co-contributing author to a chapter in the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Deskbook (chapter 7). He has also written a book, published through Amazon in 2017, entitled That’s Why They Call it Practicing Law.

When not lawyering, he likes to read, run and snowboard—and to spend time with his 4 kids and 3 grandkids.


Email: dkempston@mottazlaw.com


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