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John D. French, American lawyer, specializing in the field of Business Law, Litigation, Constitutional Law, Defense of Legal and Medical Malpractice, First Amendment Law. Member of Faegre & Benson LLP.


French, John Dwyer was born on June 26, 1933 in Berkeley, California, United States. Son of Horton Irving and Gertrude Margery (Ritzen) French.


Bachelor summa cum laude, University of Minnesota, 1955;postgrad, University of Oxford, England, 1955-1956;Bachelor of Laws magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1960.


Worked at Faegre & Benson LLP (Minneapolis, Minnesota) specializing in General Practice. Admitted to the bar, 1960, District of Columbia. 1963, Minnesota.

Phi Beta Kappa.

President, Harvard Law Review, 1959-1960. Law Clerk to Honorable Felix Frankfurter, Associate Justice, United States. Supreme Court, 1960-1961.

Legal Assistant to Honorable Philip Elman, Federal Trade Commissioner, 1961-1962. Founded in Minneapolis in 1886, Faegre & Benson is one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States. The Firm consists of 291 lawyers practicing in virtually all areas of law from offices located in Minneapolis, Denver, Des Moines, London, Frankfurt and Almaty.

The Firm represents both businesses and individuals. For many years, the Firm has regularly represented many of the leading commercial, financial, service and industrial companies in the Upper Midwest of the United States, including the region's largest merchant, its largest bank and several of its largest hospitals. We also represent Fortune 500 companies internationally and in the United States in particular practice areas.


Chairman or co-chairman Minnesota State Democratic Farm Labor Party Convention, 1970-1990, 94, chairman Mondale Volunteer Committee, 1972, treasurer, 1974. Associate chairman Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, 1985-1986. Member Democratic National Committee, 1985-1986.

Member Democratic National Convention, 1976, 78, 80, 84, 88. Trustee Twin Cities Public television, Inc., 1980-1986, member overseers committee to visit Harvard University Law School, 1970-1975, 77-82. Chairman Minnesota steering committee Dukakis for President, 1987-1988.

Member Secretary of State's Commission on Electoral Reform, Minnesota, 1994. Member Mayor's Commission on Regulatory Reform, Minneapolis, 1995. With United States Army, 1955-1956.

Member American Bar Association (editorial board journal 1976-1979, commission to study federal trade since 1969), Minnesota Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association, Judicial Council Minnesota, Lawyers Alliance for Nuclear Arms Control (national board directors 1982-1984), University Minnesota Alumni Association (executive committee 1985-1987, vice president 1989-1991, president 1991-1992, Volunteer of Year award 1988), Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Annette Richard, 1955. Married Berna Jo Mahling, 1986.