David W. Christensen,
a shareholder of CHARFOOS & CHRISTENSEN, P.C., is ranked among the
most respected litigators in Michigan. He has held verdict records in
Michigan and South Dakota. In addition to handling several cases which
involved children who were victims of improper obstetrical deliveries,
Christensen was one of the lead attorneys in the historic case against
the Christian Science Church. He also represented the family of a
person crushed in the historic "Who" rock concert in 1979, and he
settled one of the early "Pinto" cases against the Ford Motor Company.
In the year 2000, he obtained a verdict against General Motors
Corporation in a claim alleging a defect in the seatbelt in that the
seatbelt released during accident conditions. This verdict was ranked
5th highest in the State of Michigan for jury verdicts reported in the
Michigan Lawyers Weekly that year. It is also the only appellate
sustained verdict against General Motors Corporation alleging inertial
release defects in their seatbelts. In June, 2001, he received the
Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University-Detroit
College of Law. He was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Michigan
Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates at their December 2003
Annual Meeting. He was also listed as one of the top 500 Leading
Litigators in America by Lawdragon Magazine in 2006. In 2008 and 2009,
he was designated a Super Lawyer in personal injury litigation. Mr.
Christensen was recently honored by Best Lawyers as the 2010 Medical
Malpractice Lawyer of the Year.
Honorary Danish Consul for the State of Michigan, 1995--
Appointment Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog, January 2004
Books & Treatises:
"Starting the Case: A Manual of Complaints in Michigan," published by
Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, October, 1982.
Personal Injury Practice: Technique & Technology, published by
Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co., 1986.
"Michigan Medical Malpractice Cases Annotated: 1987-1993," Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, 1987.
"Starting the Case In the '90's: A Current Manual of Complaints in
Michigan," Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, 1991.
"The Works" Medical Malpractice 1993 - 1997, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, 1998.
"Still Starting the Case - 2001: An Updated Collection of Michigan Complaints", Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, 2001.
"The Works Part 2: Medical Malpractice Cases 1998 - 2003," Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, 2004.
"Starting the Case - 2011: An Updated Collection of Michigan Complaints", Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, 2011.
Guide to the Use of Demonstrative Evidence," Michigan Bar Journal,
Volume 61, No. 10, October, 1982.
"Negotiating Settlements," The Practical Lawyer, Volume 32, No. 2, March, 1986.
"Interrogatories," Trial Magazine, Volume 22, No. 6, June, 1986.
"Depositions," Trial Magazine, Volume 22, No. 8, August, 1986.
"Measuring Damages," American Bar Association Journal, September, 1986
Christensen is also active on the board of a residential home for the
elderly, and supports other charities. He made a home for, and enjoyed
raising, his three sons - Samuel, Benjamin and Matthew, who are all now