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Kennedy & Graven
200 South 6Th Street Suite 470
Kennedy & Graven is actively involved in representing government and other employers in employment and labor law matters. The firm offers counsel and preventative advice, for example, on how to plan termination actions and draft personnel policies to redu
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The attorneys of LeFevere, Lefler, Kennedy, O'Brien, & Drawz, P.A. (founded in 1958), joined Holmes & Graven, Chartered (founded in 1973), in 1989.
We have continued to build upon this strong foundation by expanding and diversifying our representation of public and private clients.
Today, Kennedy & Graven stands as the largest Minnesota law firm that practices primarily in local government law.
Our lawyers are known for their extensive backgrounds and sound guidance in municipal law, township law, school law, and public finance.
Our firm is also named after David J. Kennedy
because of his
understanding of the important role that local government has in our society; for his
genuine interest in public law; and for a law practice philosophy that emphasizes keeping clients informed through effective communication.
David J. Kennedy | Kennedy & Graven, Chartered |
David J. Kennedy
had an illustrious career in Local Government Law and Public Finance.
He passed away in 2009.
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
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.
Memorial - Law Firm Kennedy & Graven, Chartered Attorneys Minneapolis, Minnesota
David J. Kennedy
David J. Kennedy, the retired co-founder of Kennedy & Graven died of cancer on May 10, 2009.
He will be remembered for his Irish charm, his gentle manner, and his excellence as a lawyer and adviser.
Dave graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1953 and then served as a naval aviator and later retired from the Naval Reserve.
Dave received his law degree from the University of Minnesota law school in 1960.
While in law school, Dave started his life-long love affair with municipal law as a research assistant with the League of Municipalities (now known as the League of Minnesota Cities).
From 1960-1967, Dave served as a staff attorney for the League of Minnesota Cities, Director of the Minnesota Office of Local and Urban Affairs, and Assistant Senate Counsel for the Minnesota State Senate.
In 1972, Dave joined the law firm of LeFevere, Lefler, Kennedy, O'Brien, and Drawz.
Dave became the preeminent public finance lawyer in the state, and in 1989 merged the municipal law and public finance practices of that firm with Kennedy & Graven.
In addition to Dave's public finance work, he was the City Attorney for the cities of Crystal and Sandstone.
In his later years, Dave was considered to be the dean of public finance law in the state of Minnesota.
Just this month, Dave
was awarded the Douglas K. Amdahl Career Achievement Award by the Public Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association
also donated significant time to assist non-profit organizations.
He served for many years on the board of trustees of Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF), a national nonprofit based in Minneapolis that supplies capital to local community development organizations.
With Dave's help, CRF
has provided millions of dollars to finance affordable housing, community facilities, and small business development in Minnesota and across the nation.
Dave also served on the board of (and helped found) the Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, a unique 60-acre park in Eagan, Minnesota that opened in 1987.
Aside from his
distinguished legal career, Dave
was widely known and admired for his
fine wit, generosity, and kindness.
Dave is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mitzi, and five children.
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