Tirella, David T.

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Address: Penobscot Building 645 Griswold Street Suite 4200, Detroit, MI 48226
Lawyer Firm: McKeen & Associates, PC
Phone: 313-447-0634
Fax: 313-961-5985
Website: https://www.mckeenassociates.com

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David T. Tirella is a senior trial attorney with the law firm of McKeen & Associates in downtown Detroit, Michigan. He has focused his career on high profile complex cases. With over 25 years of experience handling a wide variety of civil and criminal matters, including more than 200 bench and jury trials, David has personally interviewed and/or hired hundreds of expert witnesses for criminal, civil including trucking, auto, aviation, products and premise liability, and medical malpractice cases. David is in rare legal company having successfully won seven figure jury verdicts in three separate areas of the law including auto accident, premise liability and medical malpractice. Prior to joining McKeen & Associates in 2015, David focused his practice on medical malpractice and high end personal injury cases throughout Florida. He has successfully resolved personal injury cases, as lead trial attorney or as a key trial team member, in excess of $120 million in settlements and verdicts from 1997 to 2007. Some memorable cases include the following: In 2015, after a five-day trial in which David and Parker Stinar, Esq. represented the Plaintiffs in a medical malpractice (wrongful death) case, a Wayne County jury awarded Plaintiffs $3 million. The defense had offered zero dollars to settle the case. In 2013, David was asked to review a potential case in which the allegation was a delay in diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Within six months the case settled for in excess of $2 million. In 2008, David was asked to "re-expert" a medical malpractice case and assist in fine tuning the medical and legal theory of the case. The case settled for in excess of $6 million. In 2007 and 2008, David was asked to re-expert a wrongful death case involving a plane crash resulting to multiple passenger deaths. The case required retaining in excess of 10 expert witnesses and settled some time later for approximately $24 million. In 2007, after a six-day trial in which David represented the Plaintiffs, the jury awarded Plaintiffs $4 million in a suit against a local private school for failure to properly supervise students. A confidential settlement was reached after post-trial motions. In 2005, a fraudulent physical therapy billing practice action that David and co-plaintiffs filed resulted in a $323 million settlement between HealthSouth Corporation and the federal government. At the time, this settlement was the seventh largest health care qui tam case in United States history. In 2004, David Tirella and Matthew Powell tried an auto accident case. The defendant’s argument to the jury was the accident was merely a "fender bender" with only $500 in property damage to the vehicles, and only a "Soft Tissue Injury." After 4 days of trial, the jury agreed with the Plaintiff and awarded $1 million in damages. In 2002, David played an instrumental role (locating, hiring and preparing plaintiff expert witnesses) in a $29 million settlement with a hospital for a victim who sustained brain damage while in the hospital’s care. Additionally, David spent a number of years in private practice, handling a range of criminal defense and plaintiff personal injury cases. In one criminal matter covered by the television news program, "20/20", David successfully defended a couple accused of felony child abuse for allegedly torturing and branding their sons with lit cigarettes. David’s ability to assemble a comprehensive expert medical team, including a clinical dermatologist, child therapist, adult psychiatrist, and family physician, helped prove to the Court that the marks were actually caused by a rare skin condition. Felony charges were dropped and the couple’s children were returned home. David also spent a number of years as an Assistant State Attorney for Hillsborough County, prosecuting all levels of crime, ranging from misdemeanor, juvenile, and felony cases including murder. Over time David worked his way through the divisions, culminating as a prosecutor in the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Division. Among other honors, he was selected as a Governor Appointed Special Prosecutor to handle a complex case involving a string of 25 burglaries by a husband and wife team in a neighboring Florida County. In addition to his legal work, David is also a consumer and child advocate. His work on behalf of the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up For All Students Act (an anti- bullying act for all public schools in Florida) included national media coverage, with appearances on ABC’s "Good Morning America" and CBS’ "The Early Show." His work helped push the bill through both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Governor Charlie Christ signed the bill into law in June 2008. David frequently speaks and teaches on a wide variety of legal issues ranging from personal injury, legal education, and expert witnessing. His cases or legal opinions have also appeared on "CNN/Headline News", ABC’s "20/20", Associated Press, Tru TV’s "In Session", Tru TV’s "Open Court with Lisa Bloom", ABC News, MSNBC, Fox 13 TV, WTSP 10 TV, "The Legal Talk Network", WFLA 8 TV. Additionally, his cases or legal opinions have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, Tampa Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, Associated Press, Miami Herald, Chicago Union Times, Lawyer Weekly, ABA Journal, and the 2nd District Court of Appeals and Florida Supreme Court.

Media Archives Print/TV Estate of woman who died at southfield physical rehabilitation center gets $3 million in lawsuit , Oakland Press 2015 Zero Tolerance in Today’s Schools, The Stream 2014 Diagnostic mistakes common, yet ignored, Tampa Bay Times 2013 East Bay baseball coach Colome resigns, TBO.com 2013 Fla girl was bullied for months before suicide, Miami Herald 2013 Family of Port Orange women killed in crash upset driver only gets ticket, News-Journal 2013 Mean girls: Florida girl bullied for months before suicide, newstelegram.com 2013 Fla bullying case raises questions for parents, Associated Press 2013 Browning will make bullying a priority, Sun coast News 2012 Suicide case raises question: Is Bully Law tough enough? TBO.com 2012 Parents: Bullying put son through ‘pure hell’ before suicide try, TBO.com 2012 Hospital, Doctor fight You Tube video Critical of Care, Fox Tampa Bay 2011 Widow of Prominent Tampa Bay Businessman Sues Hospital, Tampa Bay Times 2011 Wreck Victim Outraged DUI Charge Dropped Against Driver, Tampa Tribune 2011 Retiree charged in 33-year-old case of rape in Manatee, Bradenton.com 2011 Casey Anthony Murder Trial- Post Verdict, HLN 2011 Casey Anthony Murder Trial, In Sessions HLN 2011 Addressing Cyberbullying in Higher Education, College Planning & Management 2010 Port St. Lucie girl’s suicide points up frustration with lack of laws as bullying grows, The Palm Beach Post 2010 When is bullying a crime? Suicide magnifies legal puzzle, Palm Beach Post 2010 Board Clears Doctor in $1M Case, Health News Florida 2009 Former Wildlife Officer Convicted, TBO.com 2009 Former wildlife officer’s DUI charge reduced, TBO.com 2009 Rape accusation against Walker Middle School students shock those who know them, St. Petersburg Times 2009 Attorney: Delayed Penalties Soften Florida Bullying Law, The Tampa Tribune 2009 Survey: Most Children Bullied, Parents Say, USA TODAY 2009 Web suicide ‘a modern version of what we’ve had for centuries, St. Pete Times 2008 Father sues Pentecostal Church over son’s murder, The Apostolic Report 2008 News Roll: Florida Passes Tough Anti-Bullying Law, Nick News with Linda Ellerbee 2008 Bullying Migrates from School to Courtroom, Chicago Sun-Times 2008 Bully Bill Florida Senate – Criminal Justice Committee 2008 Parents of gay murder victim to testify for tough Florida anti-bullying law, LGBT News 2008 Bullying Bill in Florida, Miami Herald 2008 Bully Bill Florida House of Representatives- School Safety Committee 2008 Rosa Murder Trial, In Sessions Tru TV 2008 Rosa Murder Trial, Open Court with Lisa Bloom TruTV 2008 Father Sues Over Son’s Murder, Tampa TV Fox News 2008 Award in bullying case is slashed, St. Petersburg Times 2007 Big bully! Playground incident results in $4M verdict against school for failing to supervise, All Business 2007 Boy awarded $4 million after arm broken by bully, Tallahassee.com 2007 Bullying costs school $4M, ACLU 2007 Bullying costs school $4M, St. Petersburg Times 2007 Jury Awards $4 Million to Boy Injured In Game at School, The Tampa Tribune 2007 Fla. Jury Awards $4M to Boy Hurt by Bully Jeff Ward Radio Show 2007 Hospital Sued Over Death of Minor, The Tampa Tribune Pasco County 2005 Over $300 Million Settlement from CJF Qui Tam, Tampa Law Firm.com 2002 Man’s painful back injury turns into a federal case, St. Petersburg Times 2002 Judge Tosses Out Suit Against Doctor, St. Petersburg Times 1998 Family Rebuilding After Abuse Claims, Sarasota Herald-Tribune 1994

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