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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

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.


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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 75%
    43 years
  2. Car Accident: 10%
    43 years
  3. Litigation: 5%
    43 years
  4. Defective Products: 5%
    43 years
  5. Ethics: 5%
    43 years



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Contact info

Charfoos & Christensen, P.C.

26622 Woodward Ave
Suite 100
Royal Oak, MI, 48067


MIActive And In Good Standing197305/14/2016
PAAdministrative Suspension199804/02/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the YearUS News2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
personal injury litigationSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Top 500 Leading Litigators in AmericaLawdragon Magazine2006
Trial Lawyer of the Year AwardAmerican Board of Trial Advocates2003
Distinguished Alumni AwardMichigan State University2001
MemberAmerican Board of Trial AdvocatesN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorneycharfoos & Christensen P.C.1973 - Present
BailiffUS District Judge Philip Pratt1970 - 1972
TeacherDetroit Board of Education1967 - 1970
Distribution ClerkUnited States Post Office1963 - 1967
Association namePosition nameDuration
Appointment Knight of the Order of the DannebrogN/A2004 - Present
Honorary Danish Consul for the State of MichiganN/A1995 - Present
Catholic Lawyers SocietyN/AN/A
Detroit Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Michigan Association for JusticeN/AN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaN/AN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesN/AN/A
International Academy of Trial LawyersN/AN/A
American College of Trial LawyersN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Baby Doe vs HospitalSettlement $4.9 million
Estate of Jane Doe, Deceased V City of Detroit and Detroit Department of Transportation$1.75 Million Dollar Settlement
Estate of John Doe Deceased V Defendant Hospital$650,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Michigan Trial Lawyers AssociationThe Works Part 2: Medical Malpractice Cases 1998 - 20032004
Michigan Trial Lawyers AssociationStill Starting the Case - 2001: An Updated Collection of Michigan Complaints2001
Michigan Trial Lawyers AssociationThe Works" Medical Malpractice 1993 - 19971998
Michigan Trial Lawyers AssociationMichigan Medical Malpractice Cases Annotated: 1987-19931987
Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co.Personal Injury Practice: Technique & Technology1986
Michigan Trial Lawyers AssociationStarting the Case: A Manual of Complaints in Michigan1982
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Detroit College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
Wayne State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1967