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David L. Campbell

David L. Campbell

Partner
Phone:248.205.3326
Fax:248.205.3399

David Campbell’s cross-border practice is focused on product liability and commercial litigation. David has a wealth of trial experience, and often assists his corporate clients with national and regional coordination of their litigation matters.  

A true international lawyer, David is licensed as a barrister and solicitor with the Law Society of Ontario, where he serves as counsel of record in complex Canadian litigation pending from British Columbia to Nova Scotia. With a proven record of effective advocacy across North America, David has extensive experience defending product liability lawsuits involving industrial machinery, consumer and recreational products, motor vehicles, building materials, foods and supplements, and medical devices.  David also has considerable franchise litigation experience, and has prosecuted and defended complex commercial disputes, including breach of contract claims, for clients on both sides of the border.  

Through his efforts as a judicial intern for the Michigan Supreme Court, and a law clerk for the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission, David's litigation savvy is complemented by a strong understanding of the appellate realm and professional ethics.  

With a passion for community service, David is legal counsel to his local chamber of commerce, provides legal and regulatory support to an international charity focused on rescuing orphans and at-risk children, and is an active volunteer with Scouts Canada.  In addition to his pro bono work, David is a prolific grant writer, who has helped raise more than $100,000 for community based non-profits.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Harrow Family Health Team. Outside the courtroom, David is an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy and University of Windsor, teaching tort law. David is married to his college sweetheart, a veterinarian, and has three young children.  



Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, Canada
  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.M., 2010
  • University of Windsor School of Law, LL.B., 2004
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., 2004
    Order of the Barrister
    1st Place--Ernest Goodman Mock Trial Competition (2003)
    President--Student Bar Association (2003-2004)
    Moot Court Board of Directors (2002-2003)
  • University of Windsor, B.A.
    Orientation Leader and Mascot

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute
      —Philanthropic Activities Committee ─ Memorials and Tributes Chair, 2016 – Present
      —Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; Annual Meeting Chair, 2017 – Present
      —Product Liability Committee, Consumer Goods and Office Equipment Vice-Chair, 2016 – Present
    • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
      —Young Lawyers Committee, Chair, 2008 – 2011
    • Canada - United States Business Association
    • Christian Legal Fellowship

Distinctions

    • Michigan Lawyers Weekly
      —Up & Coming Lawyer, 2012
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Michigan Rising Stars, 2009, 2012 – 2018
    • State Bar of Michigan
      —Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 2010

     

    Community Grants Authored:

    • $75,000 - Harrow Kinsmen (2010)
    • $15,000 - Harrow & Colchester South Agricultural Society (2009)
    • $15,000 - Royal Canadian Legion Branch 338 (2008)

Recent News, Events and Blogs


Speaking Engagements

  • "Canadian Products Liability: Cross-Border Fundamentals and Key Developments in Canadian Law," Client Seminar, August 2015 and March 2018
  • “Copycat and Pattern Litigation,” DRI Commercial Litigation Seminar, Toronto, ON, June 2015 
  • "Bridging the Detroit River: Emerging Issues in Defending Civil Litigation,” Program Chair, Windsor, ON, March 2015 
  • “Why am I in This Lawsuit? Contractual Indemnity in Consumer Product Litigation,” DRI Product Liability Seminar, Las Vegas, NV, February 2015 
  • "Preparing Corporate Witness for Litigation," Michigan Association of Corporate Counsel Breakfast Seminar, Troy, MI, July 2013 
  • "Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap – Products Liability Panel," Canadian Defence Lawyers Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON, June 2013
  • "Marvelous Mobility - Using Technology to Represent Your Clients Efficiently, Effectively, and Ethically - No Matter Where You Are," DRI Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, October 2012
  • "Serving as National or Local Counsel in the 21st Century," DRI Products Liability Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 2012
  • Adjunct Professor of Law (Torts) - University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 2011-Present
  • "Litigating in a Facebook World: How Social Networking Can Help You Win Cases and Build Your Practice," Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio (Speaker), November 2010
  • "Privileged and Confidential: Demystifying Mediation Communications," DRI Annual Meeting, San Diego, California (Speaker), October 2010
  • "Battle for Billables: Understanding and Responding to Your Client's Financial Expectations," DRI Young Lawyers Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada (Speaker), June 2009
  • "Comparative Product Liability and Tort Litigation," University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (Guest Lecturer), 2008 - 2011
  • CLF National Christian Law Student Conference, (Speaker), February 2008

Publications

  • "Ethics for the Tech Savvy (and Not So Tech Savvy) Lawyer," For The Defense, Vol. 55, No. 3, March 2013
  • "Ontario Licensure: Expanding Your Practice to Michigan's Largest Trading Partner," Michigan Bar Journal,  Volume 91, No. 5, May 2012
  • "Has Expert Been as Careful as in Regular Professional Work Outside Paid Litigation Consulting?," Ch. 8, Methodology, The Daubert Compendium, 2011
  • "Exceeding Client Expectations in a Tough Economic Climate," Michigan Defense Quarterly, Vol. 27, No 4, 2011
  • "Cross Border Licensure: Becoming a True International Lawyer," For the Defense, Vol. 53, No. 1, 2011
  • "Progressive Pro Hac Vice: The Canadian Approach," For The Defense, Vol. 52, No. 1, 2010
  • Chapter: "Civil Procedure in Canada," DRI Defense Practice Form Book, Defense Research Institute, Co-Author, 2008
  • "Dealing with Patents in Products Liability Trials," For The Defense, Vol. 46, No. 12, Co-Author, 2004

Pro Bono Activities

Dedicated to serving the community, David is legal counsel to his local chamber of commerce and is a volunteer mediator with the Wayne Mediation Center in domestic, special education and probate matters.  In addition to his pro bono work, David is a prolific grant writer, who has helped raise more than $100,000 for community based non-profits.  He spent four years as a member of the Lakeshore Police Services Board and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Harrow Family Health Team. Outside the courtroom,