Known and recognized by both lawyers and judges as an aggressive, skillful and powerful trial lawyer, A. Vince Colella is a founding partner of Moss & Colella, P.C., a Southfield, Michigan-based law firm that specializes in personal injury trial law and civil rights. Colella and his law firm co-founder David Moss have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for their clients.
For more than two decades, Colella has tried and won cases in state and federal courts throughout Michigan. He has deftly handled many high-profile cases, including: a snowboarding accident resulting in paralysis (recreational accident); a citronella fire pot explosion resulting in severe burns and scarring about 22% of a school teacher’s face, neck and chest (product liability); an apartment fire in a Southfield complex causing the death of two women and two children (premises liability); an assault and battery case against a reality television producer in Hollywood, California; and more recently, the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old woman by a City of Dearborn Police Officer (deadly force).
Colella’s insights have been sought after and covered in a number of media outlets such as the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, WWJ News Radio 950, Fox2 News Detroit, and Law 360. He is also continually recognized as an expert in personal injury and civil rights law by multiple peer review organizations, such as Michigan Super Lawyers (2011-2020), DBusiness Top Lawyers 2020 and 2021, and The National Trial Lawyers (Top 100). Colella was recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a Leader in the Law: Class of 2019, and writes a monthly column, Colella in Context, in the Detroit Legal News.
Colella has served as a member of the Executive Board of the Michigan Association for Justice and is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Detroit Bar Association, and the Oakland County Bar Association. He is certified as a mediator and regularly serves as a Case Evaluator for the Oakland County Circuit Court Case Management Office. In addition to his professional associations, Colella has played rugby for 23 years throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the West Indies, and is currently associated with the Detroit Tradesmen Rugby Football Club. Additionally, he earned a 3rd degree black belt in the martial arts and has spent time teaching defensive tactics to women, children, and police officers. Colella is a charitable supporter of Detroit Downtown Boxing Gym. In 2019, he established the A. Vince Colella Scholarship to support law students considering a career in civil rights at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, his law school alma mater.
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