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David T. Tirella - Detroit, MI

Penobscot Building645 Griswold StreetSuite 4200 Detroit, MI 48226- 4210

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Updated: 07/21/2020

Detroit Medical Malpractice Lawyer


“I have always had a strong desire to help others find their voice and justice.” David Tirella

David Tirella is a senior trial attorney at McKeen & Associates. He has spent the past 30 years practicing law in Michigan and Florida as a trial attorney helping medical malpractice, personal injury and crime victims. David is most proud to have achieved multi-million-dollar jury verdicts in three different areas of law - medical malpractice, automobile accident and premise liability...

About David T. Tirella

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Litigation Attorney

Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death
  • Catastrophic Spinal Cord Injury


Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
  • Michigan, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2015

Specialties and Certifications

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, National Board of Trial Advocacy , 2006
  • Board Certified Civil Pretrial Practice , National Board of Trial Advocacy , 2012

Other Affiliations

  • Michigan Association for Justice , 2015 - Present
  • American Association for Justice , 2015 - Present
  • Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association , 2007 - 2010
  • Florida Justice Association, 2003 - 2009

Classes and Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor of Law , Stetson University College of Law Gulfport, Florida , 2008 - Present
  • Expert Witnesses: From Selection to Presentation , Advanced Expert Witnesses- LLM Advocacy Program
  • Adjunct Professor of Law-Medical Malpractice , Thomas M. Cooley Law School Tampa, Florida , 2014 - Present
  • Adjunct Instructor-Torts & Personal Injury , University of Miami, Paralegal Program Tampa, Florida , 2004 - 2008
  • Adjunct Instructor-Criminal Law and Procedure , American Institute for Paralegals Tampa, Florida , 1995 - Present
  • 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 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
  • American Judicial System, University of South Florida- Criminology, 2008
  • Auto Claims and Trials: Winning, Defending and Understanding Coverage 2008
  • 17th Annual National Expert Witness Conference, Massachusetts 2008
  • Cyber Bullying & The Law, International Cyber Bullying Confer., New York 2008
  • Prosecuting and Defending Catastrophic Injury Cases 2008
  • Direct and Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses, Stetson College of Law 2008
  • Expert Witness Selection, American Assoc. for Paralegal Ed, Maryland 2007
  • The Importance of Expert Witnessing, Stetson University College of Law 2007
  • Accident Litigation 2007
  • Litigation Skills for Legal Staff in Florida 2005
  • Presenting Soft Tissue Injury Cases 2004
  • Litigation Skills for Legal Staff in Florida 2004
  • Making Sense of Medical Cases in Florida: A Paralegal's Guide
  • Litigation Skills for Legal Staff in Florida 2003


  • Cumberland College of Tennessee School of Law, Lebanon, Tennessee, 1989
    Honors: Member, Cumberland Trial Advocacy Board
  • Florida State University, 1986


Published Works

  • Case Law Update: The Four Ps of Expert Witness Selection , The Practical Lawyer 2013
  • Editorial- Bully Law The Florida Bar News 2008
  • Jeff’s Law- Forward written and published in Bully Beware! by Dr. Matteson 2008
  • A Paralegal's Role in Expert Witness Selection
  • The National Paralegal Reporter 2007
  • Winning Strategies: the 4 Ps of Expert Witness Selection , The Florida Bar Journal 2006

Office Information


Penobscot Building645 Griswold StreetSuite 4200 Detroit, MI 48226- 4210


  • 313-961-5985


Other Sources of Feedback About David T. Tirella

Included on the 2023 Michigan list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers list

View the profile for David T. Tirella on Super Lawyers


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

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