Best & Flanagan


David C. Joyslin


David Joyslin is an attorney within Best & Flanagan’s Private Wealth Planning Section. He provides customized estate planning solutions for clients in all stages of life. David believes spending time listening to a client’s goals and objectives is critical to developing an effective estate plan. He simplifies complex, wealth-transfer concepts so clients understand their options and can be confident in their chosen plan. Specifically, David advises clients on tax planning, charitable giving, business succession planning, estate administration and probate and trust matters.

Prior to joining Best & Flanagan, David spent several years working as a trust officer for national banks located in the Twin Cities. This experience allows him to understand and advise individual and corporate trustees on the proper administration of trusts and estates.

David is a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN and Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. David serves as co-editor the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and is a regular presenter for Minnesota Continuing Legal Education. He is active in the Twin Cities arts community as a volunteer musician with Blue Waters Brass based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Presentations and Publications

  • Minnesota CLE:  The Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law 40
  • MSBA Probate and Trust Law Section, Newsletter Co-Editor 2012-Present
  • Minnesota CLE: Trust Administration Deskbook, Co-Author: Trustees’ Duties, Powers, and Liabilities 2014
  • Minnesota CLE: Back to Basics, Faculty: Fiduciary Selection and Trust Administration (2013, 2014)
  • CFA Society of Minnesota: Insight Series, Guest Speaker: Fiduciary Roles and Responsibility (June 24, 2014)
  • Saint Thomas Law School, Guest lecturer: Wills and Trust (2011-2014)


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D.
  • Augustana College, B.A., Government and International Affairs

Practice Areas


  • Closely-Held Businesses
  • Families & Estates


  • State of Minnesota

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association