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.
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D. 1998)
University of Michigan (A.B. with distinction, 1994)
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
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)
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.
Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” (Metro Detroit)
Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants (2018)
Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants (2016, 2020)
Best Lawyers of America®
Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants (2013-2020)
Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants (2013-2020)
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
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
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)
When an insurer hires defense counsel to represent an insured, a “tripartite relationship” is born. In some jurisdictions, courts consider both the insured and the insurer to be clients. In other jurisdictions, courts consider the insured to be the primary client but recognize, nevertheless, that defense counsel also owes some secondary duty to the insurer….
Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that David C. Anderson has been re-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…
Happy New Year! As you contemplate the year ahead and assess your professional goals for 2020, here are seven New Year’s resolutions to consider. Navigate social media with style Engagement agreements should be reviewed and reevaluated Work out your succession plan Your mental and physical health are paramount Educate yourself to maintain technological competency Assess…
Malpractice defendants often find themselves with a lot of company. When a transaction seems to go awry, aggrieved plaintiffs may sue every professional involved—accountants, lawyers, consultants, and their respective firms. With multiple defendants, there’s a possibility that the court will issue multiple orders resolving the plaintiff’s claims. For example, the court might grant summary disposition…
A lawyer’s retention agreement has two general purposes. It memorializes what the lawyer has advised the client regarding the objectives of the representation, the way those objectives will be pursued, and the anticipated costs. But it also protects the lawyer against potential malpractice claims. A carefully-drafted agreement can be a lethal arrow in a lawyer’s…
Collins Einhorn Farrell PC attorney David C. Andersonwas recently recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants in the Detroit area. This is the third time Anderson has received such recognition. He has also previously been listed as a Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year”…
Attorneys David Anderson, Trent Collier, and Fawzeih Daher obtained dismissal of an appeal for lack of jurisdiction on behalf of our client (a national financial services firm) and 12 other defendants in a case involving allegations of improper accounting. The plaintiff filed suit against 13 defendants in the Probate Court. One by one, the Probate…
Attorneys David Anderson and Trent Collier obtained summary disposition on behalf of a wholesale surplus lines insurance broker in Oakland County Circuit Court. Plaintiff claimed that the broker negligently failed to procure a commercial auto insurance policy for him after the insurer denied coverage. In its 14-page opinion, the Court found that Anderson and Collier…
David Anderson and Trent Collier successfully defended a supplier in a multi-million-dollar lawsuit under the Uniform Commercial Code. The plaintiff sold tarpaulins for semi-trucks and used the supplier’s laminate to coat the tarpaulins. The plaintiff claimed that the laminate didn’t work and sought millions of dollars in damages. David and Trent obtained an order granting…
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.
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 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?”
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.
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…
Hall v Lawyer-Client – On November, 16, 2015, David C. Anderson obtained a “no cause for action” jury verdict in favor of his lawyer-client who was sued in Oakland County Circuit Court for alleged legal malpractice and fraud. Plaintiff’s attorney asked the jury to award more than $600,000 in damages due to the lawyer’s alleged…
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…
CEF attorney David C. Anderson‘s Second Opinion Column entitled “Pyramid Scheme Leads to Professional Liability Claim” was published in the July 2015 issue of Claims Magazine/PropertyCasualty360.com (Vol. 63, No. 7). In this article, David recounts a trial where the jury was required to decide whether an attorney can be held liable when a client makes…
Collins Einhorn attorney David C. Anderson was recently elected vice-president of the Oakland County Bar Association. The OCBA is the largest voluntary bar association in Michigan, with over 3,000 members.
On May 15, 2013, Collins Einhorn shareholder David C. Anderson was re-elected to the Oakland County Bar Association Board of Directors. David has been involved in the OCBA since 1998, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2007. In his past service on the OCBA, David has served as liaison to the Diversity…
Collins Einhorn attorney David Anderson will be a featured speaker at the upcoming International Association of Defense Counsel’s Professional Liability Roundtable at NYU Law School on May 16, 2013. The topic for David’s panel discussion is: “When the Tripartite Relationship is Challenged by Coverage Issues.” The “tripartite relationship” is the relationship between the insurer, the…
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.
The March 15, 2011 edition of DRI Riding the E O Line, Vol 3 Issue 1, featured an article written by CEFU attorneys David C. Anderson and Melissa E. Graves. The article focused on the use of social networking sites, such as Facebook, in discovery.
On March 25, 2011, David Anderson will co-host the Oakland County Bar Association’s Bench-Bar Conference. The focus of the conference will be social media as it relates to privacy issues in the practice of law.
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…
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 C. Anderson has been appointed to a two-year term on the State Bar Character Fitness Committee (Division I). The Committee investigates the character and fitness of candidates for admission to the State Bar pursuant to Rule 15, Section 1, of the Supreme Court Rules concerning the State Bar of Michigan.
David C. Anderson won a products liability case in Wayne County Circuit Court, on behalf of a large food distributor, by using DNA testing to prove that the alleged contamination came from the plaintiff’s wife.
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…
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 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 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…