David Ornstein received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1970. He served 24 years as City Attorney for Bloomington, Minnesota, before retiring on November 30, 2009. Since retirement he has served as a hearing officer for the City of Bloomington and the Bloomington Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Ornstein received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the International Municipal Law Officers Association in 2001 and the Public Attorney Award of Excellence from the Minnesota State Bar Association in 2002. He has also been named a SuperLawyer by the Minnesota Journal of Law and Politics.
He has extensive experience in land use law, including representing the City of Bloomington in all facets of the Mall of America project and the Bloomington Central Station project. He successfully argued Swanson v. City of Bloomington, wherein the Minnesota Supreme Court held that appeals of local zoning decisions can be reviewed on the record if certain conditions are met. Ornstein has lectured at numerous legal seminars on topics including land use, development agreements, licensing, and data privacy.