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David T. Tirella

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Detroit, MI

McKeen & Associates, PC
645 Griswold Street, Suite 4200
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: 313-961-4400
Fax: 313-961-5985
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021
Licensed in Michigan Since: 2015
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%), Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (80%)
Attorney Profile

Offering dedicated counsel and aggressive advocacy to clients throughout the United States, David T. Tirella is a senior trial attorney with McKeen & Associates, PC. Focusing his practice on personal injury, medical malpractice and tort litigation. Mr. Tirella has handled the following cases: motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, slips and falls, premises liability, negligent security, medication errors, surgery and all types of medical malpractice cases in the past 30 years. He is board-certified in civil trial and civil pretrial practice by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

He attend Cumberland School of Law, Samford University graduating in 1989 with a Juris Doctor.

Having more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Tirella has helped numerous clients favorable resolve a range of complex civil litigation issues, recovering over $200 million in awards and settlements on their behalf. Some notable cases include aiding in obtaining a $3 million jury verdict in a medical malpractice case resulting in the death of a patient, involved in recovering a settlement of approximately $24 million in a wrongful death case involving a crash that caused several  deaths, and a many multi million dollar settlements. 

Actively involved in the legal community, Mr. Tirella is a member of several professional organizations, including the Michigan Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. He has shared legal opinions that have appeared on television programing, including “20/20” and in publications such as the USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Company. In 2018, selected into the 100 Top Plaintiff Attorneys in Michigan and Whos' Who in America

Practice Areas
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 80%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Medical Malpractice


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021

Certificates and Credentials

About David T. Tirella

First Admitted: 1989, Florida

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • American Judicial System, University of South Florida- Criminology, 2008
  • Auto Claims and Trials: Winning, Defending and Understanding Coverage, 2008
  • Case Law Update: The Four Ps of Expert Witness Selection, The Practical Lawyer, 2013
  • 17th Annual National Expert Witness Conference, Massachusetts, 2008
  • Editorial- Bully Law The Florida Bar News, 2008
  • Cyber Bullying & The Law, International Cyber Bullying Confer., New York, 2008
  • Prosecuting and Defending Catastrophic Injury Cases, 2008
  • Jeff’s Law- Forward written and published in Bully Beware! by Dr. Matteson, 2008
  • Direct and Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses, Stetson College of Law, 2008
  • A Paralegal's Role in Expert Witness Selection
  • Expert Witness Selection, American Assoc. for Paralegal Ed, Maryland, 2007
  • The National Paralegal Reporter, 2007
  • The Importance of Expert Witnessing, Stetson University College of Law, 2007
  • Winning Strategies: the 4 Ps of Expert Witness Selection, The Florida Bar Journal, 2006
  • Accident Litigation, 2007
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law Gulfport, Florida, 2008 - Present
  • Litigation Skills for Legal Staff in Florida, 2005
  • Expert Witnesses: From Selection to Presentation, Advanced Expert Witnesses- LLM Advocacy Program
  • Presenting Soft Tissue Injury Cases, 2004
  • Adjunct Professor of Law-Medical Malpractice, Thomas M. Cooley Law School Tampa, Florida, 2014 - Present
  • Litigation Skills for Legal Staff in Florida, 2004
  • Adjunct Instructor-Torts & Personal Injury, University of Miami, Paralegal Program Tampa, Florida, 2004 - 2008
  • Making Sense of Medical Cases in Florida: A Paralegal's Guide
  • Adjunct Instructor-Criminal Law and Procedure, American Institute for Paralegals Tampa, Florida, 1995 - Present
  • Litigation Skills for Legal Staff in Florida, 2003
  • First Do No Harm, USF Medical School AMA Chapter Luncheon, 2015
  • Daubert and Expert Witnesses, Stetson University College of Law, 2014
  • Effective Trial Prep & Use of Experts, National Seminar, 2014
  • Expert Witness: The Initial Phone Call, SEAK Orlando, Florida, 2014
  • Fla Stat. 766.102, Medical Jurisprudence, Stetson College of Law, 2014
  • Professionalism in the Law, Thomas Cooley Law School (Tampa), 2014
  • Fla Stat. 766.102, Medical Jurisprudence, Stetson College of Law, 2013
  • Voir Dire, Trial Advocacy Class, Stetson University College of Law, 2012
  • Medical Experts, Physical Examination Class, Stetson College of Law, 2012
  • How to Handle Trick Questions, SEAK Naples, Florida, 2011
  • Expert Witnessing, St. Petersburg Paralegal Association, 2010
  • Trial Advocacy Class, Stetson University College of Law
  • Trial Advocacy Class, Stetson University College of Law, 2010
  • Closing Arguments, Stetson University College of Law, 2009
  • The Impact of Bullying, Florida Matters University of South Florida, 2009
  • Selection of Experts, Trial Skills Excellence in Advocacy Workshop, 2009
  • What is a 4P Expert Witness? Stetson University College of Law, 2008
  • Litigation Skills for Legal Staff in Florida, 2008
  • Direct and Cross of Expert Witnesses, Lawyer Lecture, Stetson Law, 2008


  • 10 AVVO Legal Rating, 2013 - 2015
  • Master rated, Tampa Bay Inn of Court, 2003 - 2006
  • Florida Governor Appointed Special Prosecutor, 1991 - Present
  • Who's who in American Law
  • Invited to give testimony in support of Florida Senate SB790 - Criminal Justice Committee, April 18th, 2008
  • Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • 5 Years of Dedicated Service Award- given by Stetson College of Law for teaching, 2013 - Present
  • Selected in '09 as one of Florida “Star Search Lawyers” published in Florida Super Lawyers under PI and medical malpractice
  • The Florida Bar Grievance Committee 13-D, 1998 - 2001
  • Court Appointed Special Assistant Public Defender, 1994 - 1995
  • Who's Who in America
  • Top 10% In The USA- Personal Injury, Lawyers of Distinction, 2017
  • Nationally selected for inclusion in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2012 - 2015
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2001 - 2015
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2000
  • Who's Who in America Law Schools
  • Invited to give testimony in support of Florida House of Representatives HB669 - School Safety Anti Bullying Bill, March 25th, 2008
  • Selected as one of “Tampa’s Top Rated Lawyers” published in Legal Leaders for medical malpractice, 2012 - 2015
  • Nation's Top 1%, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2017

Educational Background

  • Florida State University, B.S., 1986

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Florida, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
  • Michigan Association for Justice, 2015 - Present
  • Florida Justice Association, 2003 - 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2015
  • Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, 2007 - 2010
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1990
  • Michigan, 2015
  • American Association for Justice, 2015 - Present

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2006
  • Board Certified Civil Pretrial Practice, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2012
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Office Location for David T. Tirella

645 Griswold Street
Suite 4200
Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: 313-961-4400

Fax: 313-961-5985

Last Updated: 4/30/2020

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