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David M. Tanabe

Every day is an opportunity to make a positive impact.

My Approach

Over the years, I have learned a lot about the power of teamwork, and how much can be accomplished when a group of people know how to be highly efficient together. From my time playing hockey in the NHL, to my clerkships working closely with busy judges, I truly value how collaboration and communication can result in a tremendous product, and this is what I bring to my representation of clients every day. I work to understand the end goal and what my clients are trying to achieve, and figure out the best possible route to get them there.

There will always be a part of my life devoted to public service, from representing clients on a pro bono basis who could not otherwise afford to pay, to coaching high school hockey teams or volunteering in my community. Outside of work, I’m a dad and a husband, and a bad golfer who enjoys hanging out with friends, trying new foods, and exploring the North Shore.

Practice Areas

Bold Perspectives


2022 Case Law and Statutory Update


Honors & Awards

Blackshear Presidential Fellow

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 2022

MSBA North Star Lawyer

Pro Bono Service, 2022

Associations & Memberships

American Bankruptcy Institute

Global Insolvency Chapter 15 Database, Contributing Author

Minnesota State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section

Secretary, 2023-2024
Treasurer, 2022-2023
Co-Editor in Chief of the Bankruptcy Bulletin

Turnaround Management Association

Secured Finance Network

Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Hobey Baker Award Committee


Bankruptcy Institute for Minnesota CLE

Faculty and Planning Committee, 2023