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.
"A 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
David 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 adults.