David G. Hellmuth

As a founding partner of Hellmuth & Johnson, David has been creating strategic advantages for clients since the firm’s inception. He works with a diverse group of small, medium, and large businesses, financial institutions, non profit entities and individuals, primarily assisting in matters involving real estate, corporations, collection/creditor remedies, banking and financial, and business matters. David also represents a significant number of condominium and townhouse associations.

“Whether it’s a commercial transaction or litigation, the pleasure of my job comes from using my skills, not just to achieve the desired results, but to go beyond them,” says David. His record of success has earned him the trust of clients throughout the business community. It has also made him a sought-after speaker and lecturer on topics in his practice areas and won him recognition outside the legal realm.



  • Banking and Financial Institutions. Represent banks, credit unions, finance companies, and other financial institutions in lending and credit transactions and litigation, including loan documentation, lawsuits and workouts, foreclosures and collection matters.
  • Business and Corporate Law. Represent business entities in business formations, contracts, shareholder/member agreements, shareholder disputes and claims, legal opinions, embezzlement claims, lawsuits against other businesses and collection matters.
  • Collections, Creditor Remedies and Bankruptcy. Represent creditors in collection matters, judgment prosecution, workouts, guarantor lawsuits, foreclosures, receiverships, garnishments and levies, confessions of judgment and litigation.
  • Community Associations. Represent a large number of community associations in all types of legal matters (i.e. assessment collection, litigation, document amendments, corporate legal advice, banking, insurance claims, construction defects and general representation).
  • Construction and Lien Law. Represent construction companies, material suppliers, subcontractors, property owners and community associations with legal issues and lawsuits involving construction matters.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions of Business Entities. Represent buyers and sellers of private (non public) business entities in merger and acquisitions transactions.  Draft asset purchase agreements, financing documents, promissory notes, security agreements, and shareholder agreements.
  • Real Estate Matters.  Represent all parties to real estate transactions (i.e. buyers, sellers, brokers, agents, real estate companies, banks and title companies) and litigation and arbitration involving real estate (disputes, eminent domain, tax appeals and buyer-seller disputes).

In The News

Thought Leadership


  • AVI Systems, Board of Directors
  • Member, Mitchell Hamline School of Law Board of Trustees
  • Former Member, MCIOA Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association Real Property Law Section
  • Served on the board of directors of a local bank from 2010-2018.
  • Served as president/chair and member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, 2005-2006.
  • Longtime member of the Hazeltine National Golf Club since 2001.
  • Worked as assistant loan officer for University of Wisconsin Credit Union in 1986-1987.
  • Former president of the Phi Kappa Psi (Minnesota Beta Chapter) fraternity, during college, 1986-1987.
  • Regular Seminar Presenter of Legal Topics: Real Estate Law Seminars; Fair Housing Law, Community Association Law Seminars; Business Law Topics; Collections and Creditor Remedies 1992-Present.

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America® – Community Association Law, Corporate Law, Litigation Real Estate, Real Estate Law, 2021-2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America® – Lawyer of the Year, Community Association Law, Minneapolis 2023
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® – 2005-2023
  • Minnesota Monthly Top Lawyers in Minnesota Real Estate Law, 2023
  • Named to the Minnesota 500, a list of the 500 most powerful business leaders in the State of Minnesota, 2018-2019.
  • Named “Small Business Person of the Year” by the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce in 2006.