SUMMARY OF PRIVATE AND PUBLIC
The Law Offices of David L. Moffitt
& Associates is a full-service southeastern Michigan
law firm serving the Metro Detroit area and Michigan
statewide, specializing in civil and criminal trial
and appellate litigation. Its principal attorney is
David L. Moffitt, an attorney of 30 years experience,
dedicated to the relentless pursuit of excellence
in providing high quality legal representation, and
blessed with a record of high-profile achievement
in public office and in the private practice of law.
Mr. Moffitt's winning record as a trial lawyer, administrative
hearing and appellate attorney has been documented
in front page stories in Lawyer’s Weekly, the
Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Observer-Eccentric
Newspapers, and in dozens of newspaper articles and
TV and radio programs. He has been awarded the “Most
Distinguished Brief In The Michigan Supreme Court
Award,” and the Michigan State Bar Association’s
“Citizen Lawyer” recognition.
In one of his highest profile cases, since 2006, he
has served as principal defense counsel in "People
v Alexander Aceval," called by TV news reporters
“the largest drug bust in Metro Detroit history.”
A case unique in national jurisprudence for what Mr.
Moffitt has termed a “vertically integrated
perjury conspiracy of the judge, prosecutor, and police
to convict my client,” Mr. Moffitt has steadfastly
maintained that the judge, prosecutor, and police
in the case wrongfully conspired to perjure nearly
all the pertinent evidence against his client. On
3-25-09, the State of Michigan’s Attorney General,
in direct response to Mr. Moffitt’s allegations,
charged the judge, prosecutor, and 2 policemen with
a series of felony criminal charges arising from the
Easy-going and equally at ease with both Presidents
and prisoners, Mr. Moffitt won 20 consecutive public
office elections. He served as Vice-Chair of the Oakland
County Board of Commissioners and Vice Chair of SEMCOG
[Southeast Michigan Council Of Governments] during
20 years service as an elected county and appointed
Mr. Moffitt has presided over numerous public meetings,
conducted complex inter-governmental negotiations,
created, proposed and followed through to legislative
enactment numerous original public policy programs,
and given numerous TV, radio and print media interviews.
He was voted 2004 “Most Outstanding Public Official
In Southeast Michigan by SEMCOG, led by a SEMCOG award
selection committee chaired by then-City of Detroit
Mayor Pro Tem Kenneth Cockrel. The award carried with
it a full scholarship as a Taubman Fellow to attend
an executive course of study at the John F. Kennedy
School of Government at Harvard University, Cambridge,
Massachusetts. He retired from public office, undefeated
in public elections, in 2005.
Law Offices of David L. Moffitt
& Associates, Bingham Farms, Michigan.
Twenty-nine years award winning, high-profile litigation
of federal and state trial and appellate civil and
criminal matters, including defense and prosecution
of personal injury matters, insurance claims, and
real estate and commercial litigation. Published civil
and criminal case appellate decisions. Member, Litigation,
Negligence, Criminal Law, and Prisons & Corrections
[Council Member] Sections of State Bar of Michigan
Member, Federal Bar Association.
[Previous Professional Associations]
- Alan R. Miller, P.C.,Birmingham,
Litigation attorney. Federal and state trial and
appellate litigation of white-collar criminal, government,
commercial, corporate, real estate, personal injury,
common carrier, insurance and general liability
- Kitch, Suhreheinrich, Smith,
Saurbier and Drutchas, P.C., Detroit, Michigan.
Litigation attorney, 100 plus lawyer firm. Federal
and state trial and appellate defense of professional
liability, medical malpractice, products liability,
and premises liability cases. Insurance policy interpretation
and coverage opinion preparation for major insurers.
Personal legal counsel to senior partner Richard
Suhrheinrich [now U.S. Sixth Circuit Justice]. Winning
appellate counsel in leading Michigan Supreme Court
post-operative infection medical malpractice case,
Wilson v Stillwill and Sparrow General Hospital,
et al, 411 Mich 587; 309 NW2d 898 (1981).
- Plunkett, Cooney, Rutt, Watters,
Stanczyk and Pedersen, P.C., Detroit, Michigan.
Litigation attorney, Liability division, 200 plus
lawyer firm. Federal and state trial and appellate
defense of products liability, professional liability,
premises liability and automobile no-fault cases.
Co-author with B. I. Stanczyk, "Hospitals,
Physicians and their Liability Carriers: Ostensible
Authority, Enterprise Liability and Beyond",
Federation of Insurance Counsel Quarterly, Spring
1981 issue (feature article).
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- Michigan State Bar Association “Citizen
Lawyer.” Twenty year simultaneous
service as elected public official and attorney
in private practice honored in feature article by
Michigan State Bar Journal staff in flagship statewide
journal of state's bar association. See www.michbar.org/journal/pdf/pdf4article923.pdf
- Nominee, Michigan State Bar Association
Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award
and Champion of Justice Award. Dual award
nomination for State Bar of Michigan's two highest
awards for public service and service to the legal
profession and public. Nominators included County
Executive L. Brooks Patterson and past State Bar
President Thomas J. Ryan, supported by 22 United
States District, Oakland and Wayne County, circuit,
probate and district judges. .
- Winner, SEMCOG Alfred A. Taubman Fellowship.
Selected 2004 winner of SEMCOG's most prestigious
award, The Taubman Fellowship, annually awarded
to “Most Outstanding Public Official Southeast
Michigan” from applicants of SEMCOG’s
elected membership, chosen through competitive written
and oral screening and selection process and judged
by top regional appointed and elected officials.
Full-course tuition scholarship to the John F. Kennedy
School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge,
Massachusetts, paid for by grant from the Taubman
Companies, administered by SEMCOG, for 3 week seminar
course, “Senior Executives in State And Local
- Program Graduate, John F. Kennedy School
of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge,
Massachusetts, “Program For Senior Executives
In State And Local Government.” Intensive
15 hour per day, six to seven days per week, three
week, leadership development and government policy
analysis course. .
- SEMCOG “Joint Public Services Merit
Award.” Awarded joint public services
award for initiating the first, and subsequent,
broadcasts of Board of Commissioner’s meetings
and arranging cooperative facility use from cable-enabled
local governments. .
- Certified Master Citizen Planner. Completed
11 week course in all aspects of planning, zoning,
and operation of local government bodies administering
related laws, receiving joint program certification
from Michigan Society of Planning Officials and
Michigan State University. . Past member,
Michigan Society of Planning Officials.
- Recipient, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
"Most Distinguished Brief To The Michigan Supreme
Court Award." Award recipient chosen
by panel of federal and state appellate judges and
legal scholars who review all briefs submitted to
the Michigan Supreme Court and annually choose the
year's three best . Winning Brief submitted to MSC
in defense of state's Beverage Manufacturer's Association,
successfully overturning lower appellate court ruling
that intoxicated persons may sue bars and dram shops
for injuries sustained as a result of dram shop
statute violations, and published in full in Thomas
M. Cooley School of Law Review..
- "Who's Who In American Law"
Listing. Selected 1996–2007 by Editorial
Board of leading international biographical reference
publisher Marquis Publishing, for inclusion of career
accomplishments summary in world-wide distributed
publication exclusively surveying the American legal
- "Who's Who In America” Listing.
Selected by Editorial Board of leading international
biographical reference publisher Marquis Publishing
for inclusion of career accomplishments summary
in 1998–2007 volumes.
- Newspaper Editorial Endorsements. Successful
County Commissioner candidacy endorsed in leading
regional newspaper editorials, 1984, 1986, 1988,
1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004. Awarded
highest ("Preferred and Well-Qualified")
rating of state-wide Civic Searchlight candidate
rating authority, 1988, 1990, and 1992. [organization
- Recipient Clarence M. Burton/Dean's Scholarship.
Law school tuition-credit scholarship awarded to
top editors of University of Detroit School of Law
Journal of Urban Law. .
- Managing Editor, University of Detroit
School of Law Journal of Urban Law. Managing
as a full time law student, of a nationally published
quarterly scholarly legal journal, with extensive
operational, administrative, and content editorial
management responsibilities, . Associate Editor
.Staff member. .
- Recipient American Jurisprudence Award,
Contracts. Awarded to law student with
1 highest yearly academic rank in core course by
legal publisher American Jurisprudence. .
- Administrator Emeritus, University
of Detroit School of Law David L. Moffitt Scholarships
for Outstanding Legal Editorial Achievement and
Outstanding Legal Journalism. [1980 to 2002].
- Public Hearing Officer, Oakland County
Road Commission. Conduct public hearings
and report findings to Board of Directors of Road
Commission with recommendations regarding proposed
subdivision engineering improvements. [1983-1985].
- Real Estate Law Lecturer, University
of Michigan Graduate School of Business Administration
continuing adult education program and Michigan
Association of Realtors. Intensive 12 week state
license exam preparatory courses taught to brokers
and salespersons. [1980-1984].
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- University of Detroit School of Law, Detroit,
J.D., 1979. Managing Editor, University of Detroit
Law Review. Clarence M. Burton/Dean's Scholarship.
Chief Assistant to Editorial Reviser of Restatement
of Contracts (Second). Member, Board of Editors,
Journal, of Corporation, Finance & Business
Law Section, State Bar of Michigan. Moot Court Board
of Directors Award. Three civil jury trials [all
no-causes] as sole lead counsel for indigent defendant-tenants
in Wayne County Landlord-Tenant Court as part of
clinical law course.
- University of Michigan, College of Literature,
Science & Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
B.A., 1976, Philosophy. Foreign exchange student
to University of E. Anglia, Norwich, U.K., and University
de Dijon, France, in fifteen month literature, arts,
and language curriculum.
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- Vice Chairman, Southeast Michigan Council
of Governments. Officer of southeast Michigan
Metropolitan Planning Organization participating
in discretionary policy-making authority for 50-plus
employees regional planning agency with 10 million
dollar annual budget.
The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)
is a regional planning agency established under
Michigan Compiled Laws 125.11 et seq, embracing
a seven county region with numerous member CVTs,
road commissions, ands school districts. As the
legally authorized Metropolitan Planning Organization
(MPO) for the Southeast Michigan region, pursuant
to 23 U.S.C. 134 and 49 U.S.C.. 5303, it apportions
up to one billion dollars annually of federal funds
for transportation, and air and water quality.
The agency has an annual operating budget of approximately
ten million dollars and has over 50 employees, administered
on a day- to-day basis by an Executive Director.
The position of Vice-Chair of SEMCOG, of which there
are several, is an uncompensated volunteer officer
position elected by the agency's General Assembly,
comprised of its full 140 plus membership. Officers
must be an Executive Committee member, an uncompensated
volunteer representative position, [in Oakland County
] elected by the 25 members of the county's Board
of Commissioners. Member of the standing By-laws
and Legal Committee.[2003-2004].
- Vice-Chairman, Oakland County Board of
Leadership position on 25 member bipartisan Board,
with day-to-day and long-term decision-making, policy
formulation, operational and administrative responsibility.
Liaison with various state, regional, and local
units of government and county-wide elected officials
and agencies, development and supervision of publications,
constituent and and media communications. [2002-2004].
- Commissioner, Oakland County Board of
Ten term elected County Commissioner representing
over 45,000 constituents and various local units
of government to Board in 1.3 million population
county employing up to 4400 employees. Board directly
allocates up to $650 million dollar annual budget,
makes policy and appointments to various government
boards. Founder, Executive Producer and Co-Host,
“Commissioner’s Corner”, pioneering
cable TV county government information show featuring
bi-partisan guests and discussion of timely county
issues. [1985-2005]. Other positions held included:
- Chairman, Oakland County Board of
Commissioners Public Services Committee. Chairman
of standing committee of Board having liaison
and oversight responsibility for county law
enforcement, including Sheriff’s Department,
Prosecutor’s Office, Oakland County Circuit
Court, 52nd District Court, Health Departments,
Veteran’s Affairs, etc. [1999, 2001-2002].
- Chairman, Oakland County Board of
Commissioners Workplace Violence Policy Development
Study Committee. Appointed chairman
of committee to develop workplace violence policy
and enforcement procedures for county work force.
Detailed review of administration’s proposed
workplace violence policy draft, with word by
word redraft and formulation of additional policy
- Elected Representative, Southeastern
Michigan Council of Governments [SEMCOG]. Elected
1 of 3 representatives for Oakland County (Co-representative,
L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive)
to 7 county regional planning agency with apportionment
authority over regional federal transit and
air/water quality monies. Elected Member, Executive
Committee (governing body of SEMCOG).
- Chairman, Oakland County Board of
Commissioners Court Reform Study Committee.
Initiator and appointed chairman of committee
comprised of representatives of all Oakland
County District Courts, Probate Courts, Circuit
Courts, legal counsel for various local governments,
and other government executives to formulate
Oakland County's official policy regarding the
State Legislature's previous court-reform proposed
- Chairman, Oakland County Zoning Coordinating
Committee. State statutory responsibility
vested in 5 member board for advisory approval
of all village, municipal and township master
plan changes, and for approval of zoning changes
at community boundary lines. [1989-1990, 1992-1993].
- Co-Chairman, Oakland County Board
of Commissioners Meeting Broadcast Study Committee.
Founder and chair of committee to develop budget
recommendations and plan for permanent televising
of board meetings county-wide. [2002 to 2003].
- Co-Chairman, Oakland County Board
of Commissioners Annual Report and Newsletter
Committee. Co-Chair of committee responsible
to produce and distribute county-wide publication
regarding activities of Board of Commissioners.
. Editor-in-chief of County's Annual Report.
- Vice Chairman, Public Services Committee.
Oversight responsibility and liaison
for county prosecutor and sheriff departments,
county circuit, district and probate court judiciary,
and general county public service operations
- Vice Chairman, Planning and Building
Committee. Oversight and liaison responsibility
for all County facilities and buildings, including
regional, county-wide, and local planning staff,
construction and maintenance operations. [1989-1990;
- Vice Chairman, Majority Party Caucus.
Assistant floor leadership position for Board's
majority party. Spokesman to Executive Committee
of county's majority political party; Columnist,
weekly and monthly civic/political commentary
in regional public and private news periodicals.
- Member, Personnel Committee. Board
Standing Committee charged with oversight and
liaison responsibility for county staff and
personnel classification, compensation, policy
and administrative matters. [1985-2002].
- Member, Personnel Board of Appeals.
Member of 5-person Board hearing appeals
by county staff or department supervisors regarding
county personnel actions, e.g., firings, suspensions,
and disciplines, including trial, witness ross-examinations,
and decision making authority.
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U B L I C A T I O N S
- “Brief on Appeal to Michigan Supreme Court,
Deborah Lou Jackson v PKM Corporation d/b/a
Grand Duchess Lounge, 430 Mich 262 (1988),”
Vol. 6, Thomas M. Cooley School of Law Review,
No. 2, (Trinity Term, 1989 issue) (published in
full text as 1989 Most Distinguished Brief To The
Michigan Supreme Court Award winning brief).
- "Hospitals, Physicians and their Liability
Carriers: Ostensible Authority, Enterprise Liability
and Beyond", Federation of Insurance Counsel
Quarterly, Spring 1981 issue (feature article)
(B. I. Stanczyk, co-author).
- Koppers Co v Garland & Langlois: Relief from
the Williams & Works "Invisible Commencement
Rule?," Journal of the Corporation, Finance
and Business Law Section, State Bar of Michigan,
November-December, 1981 issue (feature article).
- "Manufacturer's Liability and Diethylstilbestrol;
The Abel v Eli Lilly and Co. Case Revisited,"
Journal of the corporation, Finance and Business
Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, November-December,
- "Federal and State Constitutionality of U.C.C.
7-210: One Down, But One To Go?," Journal
of the Corporation, Finance and Business Law Section,
State Bar of Michigan, July-August, 1978 issue.
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