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Kennedy, David J.

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470 U.S. Bank Plaza200 South 6th StreetMinneapolis, MN, 55402 -1458
Phones: 612-337-9300 / 800-788-8201 (Toll Free)
Fax: 612-337-9310
contactus@kennedy-graven.com
Lawyer Overview

Dave Kennedy had an illustrious career in Local Government Law and Public Finance.  He passed away in 2009.

His understanding of the important role that local government has in the State of Minnesota and his deep and genuine interest in public law continues to permeate at Kennedy & Graven. His law practice philosophy that emphasized keeping clients informed through effective communication is a standard that we will continue to emulate.

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Dave Kennedy had an illustrious career in Local Government Law and Public Finance.  He passed away in 2009.

His understanding of the important role that local government has in the State of Minnesota and his deep and genuine interest in public law continues to permeate at Kennedy & Graven. His law practice philosophy that emphasized keeping clients informed through effective communication is a standard that we will continue to emulate.

Dave earned a B.A. degree in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame, graduating cum laude in 1953, and an L.L.B. degree from the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1960. While in law school, he was a research assistant for the League of Minnesota Municipalities (now League of Minnesota Cities).

After graduating from Notre Dame, Dave served as a naval aviator and was a member of the Naval Reserve.  From 1960 to 1967, he served as a staff attorney for the League of Minnesota Cities. Dave then served as the director of the Minnesota Office of Local and Urban Affairs (1967-1969), and as assistant senate counsel for the Minnesota State Senate (1969-1972).

Dave joined the firm of LeFevere, Lefler, Kennedy, O'Brien & Drawz in 1972 and later helped that firm's municipal law and public finance practices merge with Kennedy & Graven (then known as Holmes & Graven), whose co-founder, the late David Graven, was a renowned public lawyer and Minnesota political figure. Dave Kennedy served as City Attorney for the city of Crystal from 1974 to 1998 and served as City Attorney for the city of Sandstone from 1993 to 2006.

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Practice Areas
Government RelationsAdministrative LawLocal Government LawPublic Finance
Qualifications
Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 1960
Other Affiliations
Minnesota State Bar Association
Honors
American Research Corporation's Law & Leading Attorneys Guidebook, 1994 - 1997
Classes and Seminars
Adjunct Professor, Local Government Law, University of Minnesota, 1965 - 1967
Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science, Mankato State University, 1966
Instructor, Local Government Law and Administration, University of Minnesota Extension, 1964 - 1965
Presenter, Local Government Law, Various CLE Programs
Past Positions
LeFevere, Lefler, Kennedy, O'Brien & Drawz, Partner, 1972 - 1989Minnesota State Senate, Assistant Senate Counsel, 1969 - 1972Minnesota Office of Local and Urban Affairs, Director, 1967 - 1969League of Minnesota Cities, Staff Attorney, 1960 - 1967United States Navy, Naval Aviator, 1953 - 1972
Education
University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1960
Bachelor of Laws
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1953
Bachelor of Arts
Honors: cum laude
Major: English Literature
Articles
Published Works
Chapter 26, "Debt and Borrowing", Handbook for Minnesota Cities, 1997Various articles on local government and finance
Office Information
Address
470 U.S. Bank Plaza
200 South 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1458
Phone
612-337-9300800-788-8201 (Toll Free)
Fax
612-337-9310
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