David C. Bahls

Businesses and individuals call upon Dave Bahls with their transactional tax planning and structuring needs. For over 30 years, he has worked with clients on numerous tax issues, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, limited liability companies, and tax controversy work. Dave’s focus on clients’ business goals, knowledge of the tax laws, and practical approach to navigating the tax maze allows clients to achieve their goals in the most tax-efficient manner. In addition to tax work, he advises closely held businesses on general business issues, including choice of entity issues, drafting organizational documents, and other ongoing business issues.

Dave previously served on the Gray Plant Mooty Board of Directors for 18 years, and also served as the firm's former managing officer.

Representative Experience

  • Tax planning for reorganization of large agricultural corporation
  • Tax planning for purchase of grain elevators
  • Tax opinion on merger of two public companies in the medical field
  • Tax planning and structuring of sale of 60 S corporations in a regulated business using Section 338(h)(10) election
  • Tax planning for sale of professional sports team
  • Tax planning for purchases and sales of power plants by public utility
  • Tax-free division of business between two families
  • Corporate restructuring of manufacturing business to concentrate ownership of active shareholder’s business to achieve business and tax goals
  • Handling audit by state of Illinois of large wholesaler on nexus issues
  • Tax planning for purchases and sales of telecommunications businesses using limited liability companies
  • Sales of stock to employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Tax section, previously on Tax Council


  • Selected as a Lawyer of the Year, by The Best Lawyers in America®, 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2006–2021
  • “Minnesota Super Lawyer®,” Thomson/Reuters, 2001–2020
  • "North Star Lawyers," Minnesota State Bar Association, 2018
  • Tax Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Minneapolis, Best Lawyers®, 2013
  • Tax Litigation and Controversy “Lawyer of the Year” in Minneapolis, Best Lawyers®, 2016
  • “Minnesota’s Best Lawyers,” Minnesota Monthly, 2009–2010
  • Minnesota’s Top 40 Business & Commercial Transactions Lawyers,” Minnesota Law & Politics, 2003–2004
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  • Minneapolis

    80 South Eighth Street
    500 IDS Center
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
F: 612.632.4008


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Court Memberships

  • Minnesota


University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1982

University of Iowa, B.B.A., with highest distinction, 1979