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. 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.

Details

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

Education:

  • 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

$2,750,000

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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.

$1,550,000

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Negligence

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

$1,250,000

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Police Brutality

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

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606,000

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Motorcycle/PIP

Motorcyclist was recklessly cut-off by a motor vehicle attempting to pass him causing him to lose control of his motorcycle and sustain a closed head injury and multiple fractures of the thoracic spine. The insurance of the motor vehicle was involved unreasonably refused to pay Plaintiff’s PIP benefits – opting instead to proceed with trial.

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398,000

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PIP Benefits

Driver collided with semi-truck resulting in a closed head injury, disc herniations, and a shoulder tendon tear requiring surgery. Insurance carriers denied Attendant Care Benefits and Wage Loss.

$

333,500

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Multiple Auto / 3rd Party & PIP

In 2016, Moss & Colella helped a client settle an auto-accident case in the amount of $500,000. Unfortunately, the same Client experienced another traumatic car accident in two years later – this time with her mentally disabled daughter was a passenger in the vehicle.

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307,000

$

Landlord-Tenant / Negligence

Negligent installation of glass cabinets by landlord causing head and face injuries to 22-year-old woman resulting in permanent facial scarring.

$

295,000

$

PIP & 3rd Party Auto

Plaintiff was broadsided by a commercial vehicle resulting in a traumatic brain injury and shoulder SLAP tear with a paralabral cyst requiring surgery.

$

228,276

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General Negligence/Mud Track

Mud track incident where a forklift was located dangerously close to the racetrack. Client collided with the negligently located forklift and suffered catastrophic injuries, including left leg below the knee amputation, right lower leg fracture requiring open reduction internal fixation surgery, and right bicep tendon injury. Claims were defended under a reservation of rights.

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185,000

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3rd Party Auto

Driver was rear-ended by a commercial vehicle causing disc herniations in her lumbar and thoracic spine as well as a torn labrum in her shoulder.

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175,000

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Premise Liability / Landlord / Tenant Negligence

The client used the staircase at a rental home when the hand railing detached from the wall causing her to fall and suffer multiple subdural hematomas requiring a craniotomy procedure to drain fluid from the brain. Discovery revealed Landlord had notice of the defective handrail and negligently repaired it.

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.

Melanie Duda

Trial attorney at Moss & Colella, P.C.

Victor Balta

Senior appellate 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 50 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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