David C. Anderson

09/26/2019
David C. Anderson
Attorney

David C. Anderson

Attorney

David C. Anderson

Summary

David is a shareholder of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC, and has over 20 years of litigation experience. He has successfully defended a wide variety of professional liability claims, ranging from legal malpractice to claims against accountants, insurance agents, architects and engineers, real estate/title agents and even fine art appraisers. He has also successfully defended numerous corporations against product liability claims, including death cases. Over those years, David has gained considerable jury trial and arbitration experience.


Credentials

Education
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D. 1998)
  • University of Michigan (A.B. with distinction, 1994)
Admissions
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Court
Professional Activities
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Board of Commissioners
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
    • Board of Directors
  • Oakland County Bar Association
    • Past President (2016-2017)
  • American Bar Association
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Professional Liability Committee Chair
    • Professional Liability Committee Vice Chair of Webinars
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation (Trustee)
  • Macomb County Bar Foundation (Trustee)
  • St. Lawrence Education Fund Inc. (Trustee)
  • Case Evaluator, Macomb County Circuit Court, Oakland County Circuit Court,–and Wayne County Circuit Court
  • Appointed Facilitator and Discovery Master, Oakland County Circuit Court
  • Appointed by Board of Commissioners of the State Bar of Michigan to serve on the State Bar Character and Fitness Committee (2011-2013)
Community Involvement

David donates his time and energy to charity work on a regular basis. He has raised funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Women’s Survival Center, The Boys & Girls Club of Oakland County, The United Way, Lighthouse, and The Child Abuse & Neglect Council/CARE House, among other charities. He has run two marathons in order to raise funds to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Accomplishments
  • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” (Metro Detroit)
    • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants (2018, 2021)
    • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants (2016, 2020)
  • Best Lawyers of America®
    • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants (2013-2021)
    • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants (2013-2021)
  • Super Lawyers™
    • Professional Liability (2010-2019)
    • Rising Star (2008)
  • DBusiness® Top Lawyer
    • Professional Malpractice Law (2014-2015, 2017, 2020)
    • Legal Malpractice Law (2014-2017, 2020)
    • Insurance Law (2014-2015)
    • Product Liability (2012)
  • Leaders in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (2016)
  • 2007 Michigan Defense Trial Counsel’s Golden Gavel Award Winner
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated
Prominent Outcomes

G&V v Lawyer – Obtained no cause verdict on behalf of transactional lawyer in $2M two-week jury trial

Reed v Lawyer – Obtained no cause verdict on behalf of patent lawyer in $4M two-week jury trial

Hall v Lawyer – Obtained no cause verdict on behalf of plaintiff’s lawyer in $2M jury trial

Obtained favorable judgment against insurance agent on behalf of large insurer after arbitration

Successfully defended a consumer goods manufacturer in death case that went to arbitration

Successfully defended a transactional lawyer and law firm in a $2M arbitration

Successfully defended a sports agent in a $30M legal malpractice case

Successfully defended a multinational corporation in a $63M product liability case

Obtained summary disposition/judgment on behalf of numerous and varied professionals

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

Moderated an International Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IADC) webinar entitled “Case Within a Case: Defense of a Legal Malpractice Case Via Trial of the Underlying Action (August, 2020)

Presented at Lloyd’s of London on a product liability panel entitled: You Can’t Get There From Here: Autonomous Vehicles and Drones Won’t Be Delivering Your Cannabis Anytime Soon, but All Three Present Developing Challenges for Insurers and Claims Professionals. (November 2019)

Appeared on Practical Law, a television show hosted by attorney Henry Gornbein, on behalf of the Oakland County Bar Association.

Presented at the American Conference Institute’s Advanced Forum on LPL/Legal Malpractice Conference in New York in a session entitled: Trying a Case and Strategies for Handling Legal Malpractice Cases: Emerging Trial Issues, New Defenses and Novel Ideas, and a Brief Examination of Circumstances under which It Can Be Appropriate to Admit Negligence. (October 2016)

David spoke at the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Professionalism in Action Program. (August 2018)

David spoke at the International Association of Defense Counsel’s (IADC) Professional Liability Roundtable at NYU Law School in New York City. David’s topic was “When the Tripartite Relationship is Challenged by Coverage Issues.” (May 2013)

David co-hosted the Oakland County Bar Association’s Bench-Bar Conference. The focus of the conference was social media as it relates to privacy issues in the practice of law. (March 2011)

David spoke at the State Bar of Michigan’s Annual Meeting. David’s topic was “Strategies and Pitfalls Associated with Notices of Fault.” (September 2009)

Publications

Legal Malpractice Report, Michigan Defense Quarterly (January 2010-Present)

Defending Professional Liability Claims in Bankruptcy Court, ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct, Current Reports, Vol. 31, p 595 (October 2015)

Second Opinion Column, Claims Magazine/PropertyCasualty360.com, Vol. 63, No. 7 (July 2015)

Swinging for the Fences: Best Practices for Keeping Your Eye on the Ball, Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Vol. 5 Issue 4 (Fall 2013)

Ten Tips for Navigating Michigan’s Notice of Nonparty at Fault Requirements, Michigan Bar Journal, Vol 90, No. 12 (December 2011)

The New Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26: Encouraging More Open Communication Between Attorneys and Expert Witnesses, DRI Trials and Tribulations, Vol. 17, Issue 3 (December 16, 2011)

Social Media and Word-of-Mouse Discovery Tips 4 Litig8tors, DRI Riding the E&O Line, Vol. 3 Issue 1 (March 15, 2011)

We Don’t Do Windows: Excluding Collateral Matters from the Scope of Representation, DRI For the Defense, p 80 (March 2007)

The Last Man Standing: Viability of Malpractice Claims Against Estate Planning Attorneys Substantially Eroded,Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Spring 2003)

The Road to a More Rewarding Practice, Laches (September 2002)

Are Attorneys Who Represent Local Government Bodies Immune from §1983 Liability? Absolutely . . . or Qualifiedly, Michigan Defense Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 2 (2000)

Jack of Two Trades: Ethical Considerations for Real Estate Lawyers Who Are Also Agents Or Owners Of Title Insurance Businesses, 26 Mich Real Prop Rev 83 (1999)

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David C. Anderson Re-Elected to the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar of Michigan

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David C. Anderson Elected to Professional Liability Defense Federation Board of Directors

Attorney David C. Anderson has been elected to the Professional Liability Defense Federation Board of Directors. The Professional Liability Defense Federation is a not-for-profit organization designed to bring together attorneys, claims professionals and risk management specialists to share expertise and information helpful to the successful defense of professional liability claims.

David C. Anderson Elected Commissioner of the State Bar of Michigan

We are pleased to announce that our partner David C. Anderson has been elected to the board of commissioners of the State Bar of Michigan. The State Bar Board of Commissioners provides oversight to the various operations of the State Bar, such as finance, public policy, professional standards, and member services and communications. Anderson will represent District I (Oakland County), serving for a three-year term expiring at the close of the 2020 Annual Meeting. Click on the headline to read the full submission.

Attorney David C. Anderson to speak at ACI’s Advanced Forum on LPL/Legal Malpractice Conference

Attorney David C. Anderson will be speaking on October 24, 2016 at the American Conference Institute (ACI)’s Advanced Forum on LPL/Legal Malpractice. The title of the discussion is called “Trying a Case and Strategies for Handling Legal Malpractice Cases: Emerging Trial Issues, New Defenses and Novel Ideas, and a Brief Examination of Circumstances under which It Can Be Appropriate to Admit Negligence?”

David C. Anderson sworn in as President of Oakland County Bar Association

On Thursday, June 2, 2016, CEF attorney David C. Anderson was sworn in as the 84th President of the Oakland County Bar Association. We are very proud to be associated with such a fine leader in the legal community, and we look forward to sharing his future accomplishments with all of you. Congratulations, David.

Attorney David C. Anderson to Receive 2016 Leader in the Law Award

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that partner David C. Anderson has been named a 2016 Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Anderson, selected for his dedication, leadership, and going above and beyond the call in support of his clients and his firm, is one of 30 distinguished lawyers who were…

David C. Anderson and Trent B. Collier successfully defend Texas insurance agency

David C. Anderson and Trent B. Collier successfully defended a Texas insurance agency, obtaining a published opinion from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that rejected the plaintiff’s attempt to expand insurance-agent liability under Michigan law. The plaintiff represented the estate of a man who died from injuries he sustained when a bounce house at…

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David Anderson to participate in professional liability roundtable at NYU Law in May 2013

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CEFU Attorney David Anderson Elected Secretary of OCBA

David C. Anderson, on June 5, 2012, was elected to the officer position of Secretary of the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA). With more than 3000 members, the OCBA is the largest voluntary bar association in Michigan.

David Anderson and Monika Sullivan Obtain Summary Disposition in Wayne County Circuit Court

David Anderson and Monika Sullivan obtained summary disposition on behalf of their lawyer client in the Wayne County Circuit Court. Plaintiff claimed that she was mentally incompetent and that her lawyers were negligent in failing to advise her not to enter into litigation funding agreements in connection with underlying automobile accident litigation. David and Monika…

David Anderson and Monika Sullivan Obtained Summary Disposition for Manufacturing Client in Wayne County Circuit Court

On March 4, 2011, David Anderson and Monika Sullivan obtained summary disposition on behalf of their product manufacturing client in Wayne County Circuit Court. The trial court granted summary disposition on a claim that the garage entry and security system installed at an assisted living facility was negligently designed, manufactured and installed causing the plaintiff’s…

David Anderson and Monika Sullivan Obtain Summary Disposition for Appraiser

David C. Anderson and Monika L. Sullivan obtained summary disposition on behalf of an appraisal company that had been sued by a real estate development company for allegedly preparing a faulty appraisal of commercial real estate. Collins, Einhorn attorneys argued that the appraiser did not owe a legal duty to anyone other than the lender…

David Anderson obtained a “no cause for action” verdict

After a two week jury trial, David Anderson obtained a “no cause for action” verdict on April 8, 2009, in favor of his lawyer-client who was sued for legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and fraud. Plaintiff attorney’s original demand was $3 million, and he asked the jury to award nearly $1…

David C. Anderson receives Golden Gavel Award

David C. Anderson has been selected by the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel to receive the Third Annual Young Lawyer’s Section – Golden Gavel Award. The Golden Gavel Award recognizes young lawyers who have demonstrated significant achievement in the area of advancing “young attorneys” by way of mentoring, awards, civic leadership, charitable endeavors and pro bono…

David C. Anderson obtained summary disposition on behalf of a patent lawyer

David C. Anderson obtained summary disposition on behalf of a patent lawyer who was sued for allegedly failing to timely file a patent assignment from the inventor to the plaintiff corporation and for allegedly failing to obtain the broadest patent possible under the law. Mr. Anderson persuaded the Oakland County Circuit Court that the plaintiff…

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