Ayers & Riehm, P.A. - David L. Ayers


Dave Ayers is admitted to practice before the Minnesota and Wisconsin Courts, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, and the United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Minnesota with a specialization in Criminal Justice Studies. In 1978, he received his law degree from Hamline University School of Law.

After graduation from law school, Dave practiced law with one of the premier criminal defense law firms in the state of Minnesota, where he assisted in the defense of three of the most infamous first degree murder cases ever brought to trial in Minnesota: State vs. Caldwell, State vs. Howard and State vs. Mikulanec.

During the past 40 years, Dave has established a successful trial record in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. He has successfully tried a wide range of criminal and civil cases. In his extensive criminal trial practice, he has represented hundreds of individuals charged with all types of crimes, including: assault, criminal sexual conduct, criminal vehicular operation, drug possession and sale, DWI, homicide, kidnapping, robbery, theft and white collar offenses. Additionally, he is experienced in high profile cases involving professionals.

Since 2012, Dave has been chosen annually by his peers as one of Minnesota's best lawyers as reported in The Best Lawyers in America. Since 2015, Dave has been honored to be chosen in all three Criminal Defense areas : Criminal Defense Non-White Collar, Criminal Defense White Collar, and DUI/DWI Defense. In 2016 and 2021, Dave was chosen by The Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year : Criminal Defense.

Dave is a member and past-President of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, a group of criminal defense lawyers who aggressively defend DWI and other criminal cases.

For over fifteen years, as a lawyer for the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA), Dave represented officers who faced critical incidents and / or criminal charges. Dave is one of eight lawyers in Minnesota to receive the Minnesota Judges' Choice Awards in three categories, including: WINS THE MOST CASES and MOST PREPARED. He is profiled in Who's Who in Criminal Law and Who's Who in Personal Injury. Dave has been selected as a Leading Minnesota Lawyer. Since 1997, he has been selected, annually, as a Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law and Politics magazine. These two distinctions are earned by fewer than 6% of Minnesota lawyers, as determined by a statewide survey of lawyers. Dave has also been selected by his peers as one of Minnesota's TOP 40 Criminal Law SuperLawyers.

Dave lectures locally and nationally at legal seminars on criminal law, criminal procedure and trial tactics. He also volunteers as an attorney-advisor to Peer Court, a Dakota County Juvenile Court program for juvenile offenders.

Dave is married, has four adult children and is a lifelong resident of the St. Paul area. He graduated from Cretin High School in St. Paul. Dave's community involvement includes: St. Paul Golden Gloves (former boxer, instructor); Mendota Heights Athletic Association (former baseball, hockey, & softball coach; former Softball Commissioner); St. Joseph's School (former softball and swimming coach); Sibley Area Fastpitch (former coach and Director); volunteer at various school fundraising events and parent committees at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul.


Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association


Professional Honors & Awards

  • Judges' Choice Awards
  • Leading American Lawyers
  • Who's Who in Criminal Law
  • Who's Who in Personal Injury
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 40 Criminal Law SuperLawyers
  • Top 10 Attorneys - MN - NACDA
  • The Best Lawyers in America
- Criminal Defense : White Collar
- Criminal Defense : Non-White Collar
- DUI/DWI Defense
- 2016 and 2021 Lawyer of the Year : Criminal Defense

Primary Areas of Practice


  • including: felony, misdemeanor, DWI, traffic and juvenile cases


  • including: bodily injury and death cases; driver license issues,
    vehicle forfeitures and property forfeitures




Ayers & Riehm, P.A.

880 Sibley Memorial Highway, Suite 100

Mendota Heights, MN 55118