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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



Enforcing Motion-to-Dismiss Deadlines in Subchapter V Cases


Honors & Awards

Blackshear Presidential Fellow

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 2022

Associations & Memberships

American Bankruptcy Institute

Minnesota State Bar Association

Bankruptcy Section
Co-Editor in Chief of the Bankruptcy Bulletin
Treasurer, Leadership Council

Turnaround Management Association

Secured Finance Network

Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Hobey Baker Award Committee