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David Hansma guides clients through complex disputes, including “bet-the-company” litigation.

He represents plaintiffs and defendants in corporate and fiduciary duty litigation in the areas of shareholder oppression, partnership disputes, and probate disputes.

His experience includes representation of clients on a variety of other commercial issues including class action defense, contract disputes, employment issues, real estate matters, noncompetition disputes, and fraud claims. David also has an active healthcare litigation practice. He represents doctors and medical groups before courts and administrative tribunals on issues such as disciplinary complaints, Medicare appeals, and False Claims Act defense.

David is certified as a mediator by the Michigan State Court Administrative Office and provides alternative dispute resolution services as a mediator, arbitrator, and case evaluator.

In addition to his litigation work, David provides general counsel services to clients on various business law topics. Among other things, he serves as outside counsel for clients in the healthcare, manufacturing, technology, and financial services industries.


J.D., cum laude, Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, 2007
B.S., Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, 2004, Political Science


Named among Michigan Super Lawyers® Rising Star (2012-2020)

Named among Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit by DBusiness Magazine (2012, 2019, 2020)

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit


  • Served as lead trial counsel on behalf of plaintiff in a shareholder oppression case resulting in a $3.1 million arbitration award.
  • Defended a general partner accused of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty resulting in a complete trial victory including an award of attorney’s fees.
  • Successfully defended a foreign corporation in an action alleging breach of a contract to convey stock and seeking over $2 million in damages.  The court granted dismissal of all claims.
  • Served as lead defense counsel in $1 million breach of contract case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York resulting in a favorable settlement.
  • Acted as co-counsel in a successful arbitration action relating to ownership of a registered investment advisory firm with over $1 billion in assets under management.
  • Represented a physician in a shareholder oppression action resulting in a settlement of over $900,000 following a favorable case evaluation award.
  • Represented a Tier 2 auto supplier in defense and negotiation of a minority shareholder’s demand to inspect corporate records.
  • Successfully represented a pharmacy supplier in a breach of contract action leading to an arbitration award of nearly $600,000.
  • Acted as trial counsel on behalf of a restaurant group in a lawsuit brought by a former restaurant manager claiming breach of his employment contract.  The trial resulted in a judgment of no cause of action in favor defendant.
  • Represented a consumer electronics manufacturer in cross-border litigation arising from the termination of the general manager of the company’s Canadian division.
  • Successfully represented a municipality in a federal civil rights case resulting in summary judgment in favor of the municipality.
  • Represented the defendant in a class action alleging violations of the Junk Fax Prevention Act.
  • Represented banks and lenders in numerous cases to enforce notes, mortgages, guarantees, and other instruments.
  • Served as counsel at oral argument for a plaintiff seeking to reverse the dismissal of a shareholder oppression claim.  The Court of Appeals reversed.  Frank v. Linkner, 310 Mich. App. 169 (2015).
  • Served as appellate counsel in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in a case arising under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.  Mize v. Tedford, 375 Fed. Appx. 497 (6th Cir. 2010).
  • Argued in the Michigan Court of Appeals in cases involving easements, breach of contract, promissory estoppel, attorneys’ fees, creditor rights, and property taxes.

*Experience completed prior to joining Clark Hill


  • Franks v. Franks: Shareholder Oppression, Business Judgment, and Specific Intent, The Michigan Business Law Journal (Spring 2020)
  • Figuring Out What Rule Applies to Noncompetition Agreements with Independent Contractors, Michigan Defense Quarterly, Volume 36 (November 2019)
  • Shareholder Oppression and the Entire Fairness Standard: Reconciling MCL 450.1489 and MCL 450.1545a, The Michigan Business Law Journal (Spring 2019)
  • Michigan’s Corporate Opportunity Doctrine: Understanding the Production Finishing and Rapistan Decisions, Michigan Bar Journal (May 2019)
  • Defending Corporate Oppression Claims in Michigan, The Litigation Journal (Litigation Section of the State Bar of Michigan), (Winter 2018/2019)
  • Fiduciary Duties, Corporate Purpose, and Director Conscience, The Michigan Business Law Journal (Fall 2018)


  • Third Annual Symposium on Corporate Oppression Actions and Business Law – Oppression in the Age of Pandemic, Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan (Grand Rapids) (November 2020)
  • Second Annual Symposium on Corporate Oppression, Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan (December 2019)
  • Litigating Commercial Cases in Arbitration, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Winter Meeting (November 2019)
  • Symposium on Corporate Oppression Actions: Prosecuting, Defending, and Avoiding, Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, (October 2018 – Grand Rapids) and (November 2018 – Detroit).
  • Advising Closely-Held Business Clients: Practical Steps to Avoid Disputes Among Owners, MICPA Anti-Fraud Issues, Litigation & Business Valuation, & Mergers & Acquisitions Conference (May 2018)