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David Moss

Senior partner and co-founder of Moss & Colella, P.C.

David Moss has spent his nearly 40-year legal career entirely devoted to his clients in personal injury law. Regarded as a highly-skilled and tenacious advocate for victims of personal injury, David is greatly admired and trusted by both plaintiff and defense litigators. His compassion for justice and a fair resolution, combined with his deep concern and respect for his clients, make him a go-to attorney for personal injury and medical malpractice.

David has represented thousands of injured victims and their families against insurance companies, national corporations, hospitals, municipalities, railroads, and other individuals. Notably in railroads, David has litigated and negotiated settlements for hundreds of general injury and occupational injury cases for railroad employees covered by the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). He has also litigated numerous highway railroad crossing accident cases where individuals have been seriously injured or killed due to driver or railroad personnel negligence. Some of these cases have involved train derailments. His skills, both in and out of the courtroom, have produced hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements against hospitals, insurance companies, negligent drivers, bars, and drunk drivers.

Representative wins include:

In a significant Detroit case, a jury returned a $15 million verdict for one family in a case involving a drunk driver and a local casino. Other jury trial decisions include a win against an auto no-fault insurance carrier in excess of $630,000; six-figure resolutions in both a boating and an ATV accident; and a $1.2 million settlement in a hotly contested medical malpractice case. 

Known for his courtroom and advocacy skills, David has successfully argued at the appellate level, both before the Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court. He is also highly respected and regarded as a skilled negotiator. Because of his many legal accomplishments and varied courtroom experience, David is sought after by both plaintiff and defense attorneys seeking to retain outside counsel to advocate their cases. 

David is named among the top 1% of auto accident lawyers in the nation and has been on the Michigan Super Lawyer list for more than a decade. He is also on the Multi-Million Dollar Advocate list and named a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyer. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Detroit Bar Association, and Oakland County Bar Association. He is licensed to practice in all Michigan state and federal courts. He is also certified as a Case Evaluator/Mediator and is often selected by other plaintiff attorneys to sit as a designated arbitrator on their client’s behalf to resolve complicated cases. 

Committed to his community and pro bono legal causes, David has a strong affiliation with the famed Detroit-based Downtown Boxing Gym. He has volunteered with the organization from its earliest days, helping to establish the Downtown Boxing Gym’s original board of directors and serving as one of the first official members, while gathering executives from international and local powerhouse corporations to also serve. He continues his efforts with the gym to this day.

David also enjoys a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, boating and camping, and served as Assistant Scout Master with a local Boy Scout Troop for many years, actively assisting many young men along their path to the rank of ‘Eagle Scout’. He also believes regular exercise is an important factor in maintaining his competitive edge and is an avid cyclist and passionate downhill skier. David also practices yoga to strike a balance between the rigors of a demanding law practice and life’s everyday challenges.


Areas of Practice:

  • Automobile Negligence
  • Motorcycle and Trucking Accident Claims
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction and Highway Design Litigation
  • Casino Litigation
  • Insurance Claims
  • Product Liability and Railroad Litigation

Litigation Percentage:

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • State of Michigan,1984
  • Supreme Court, Michigan
  • District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • District Court Western District of Michigan


  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan,1984 J.D.; scholarship recipient
  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1980; B.S. in Political Science & Public Administration, Magna Cum Laude

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Detroit Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section, Member
  • Michigan Association of Justice, Sustaining Member
  • American Association for Justice, Sustaining Member
  • Boy Scouts of America, Assistant Scout Master

Past Employment Positions:

  • Provizer Phillips P.C. – Partner, 1983–1997

Ancillary Businesses:

  • Certified Life & Health Insurance Agent – State of Michigan

Special Recognitions



Medical Malpractice

An oral surgeon failed to properly diagnose a vascular lesion prior to surgery. The surgeon proceeded to remove it in a negligent fashion, causing life-threatening consequences.




The rescue devices at an apartment complex swimming pool were not up to code, leading to the drowning of an eight-year-old girl.



Police Brutality

An unarmed woman was wrongfully shot multiple times inside of her vehicle by the Dearborn Police Department, causing her death.



3rd Party Auto

Woman was rear-ended on Woodward Avenue by a semi-tractor trailer vehicle resulting in traumatic brain injury along with cervical and lumbar disc herniations.



Motorcycle/3rd Party Auto

A motorcyclist was rear-ended by a motor vehicle and catapulted from his bike causing the client to suffer disc herniations, disc bulges, and spinal fusion surgery.



Pedestrian/3rd Party Auto

Pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle resulting in a traumtic brain injury and fractured skull.



Pedestrian MACP

Pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle and the driver fled the scene. Client suffered a fractured skull, cervical disc herniation, and multiple lumbar and thoracic disc bulges. Because neither the Client nor any relatives in his household had insurance, Client filed a claim with the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan.

Meet Our Award-Winning Team

A. Vince Colella

Founding partner of Moss & Colella, P.C.

David Moss

Senior partner and co-founder of Moss & Colella, P.C.

Matthew McCann

Senior appellate counsel at Moss & Colella, P.C.

Melanie Duda

Trial attorney at Moss & Colella, P.C.

Ryan Piekarski

Senior litigation attorney at Moss & Colella, P.C.

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About the Firm

The attorneys of Moss & Colella have carefully chosen their career paths to fight for those that have suffered from injury and wrongful death. We believe every citizen should have the right to hire the best lawyer who will actively advocate for their case.

David Moss and Vince Colella have over 60 collective years of personal injury trial experience that provides you a level of legal services and success unmatched by other firms. By working together, we have the ability to find creative, effective, and efficient solutions to even the most complex cases. No matter what situation you face, we will help you get through it.

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