David W. CentnerDavid Centner Clark Hill
David W. Centner
David W. Centner is a member of Clark Hill’s Litigation Practice Group. David works in the Grand Rapids, Michigan office where he focuses on commercial litigation, including complex commercial disputes, business torts, and creditor’s rights.
Originally from Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, David was graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University-Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. During law school, David was an Associate Instructor at Indiana University where he taught undergraduate mathematics.
David served on the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section Council of the State Bar of Michigan from 2008 to 2012, including serving as Chair during the 2011/12 term when he led that 2,100 member organization. From 2005 to 2011, he served on the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting Committee. Since 2006, David has served on the Hillman Advocacy Program, a trial advocacy program sponsored by the Federal Bar Association and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, including serving on the faculty. David also was named to the Executive Committee and he was Chair of the nationally recognized program for 2015/16 and 2016/17. He is a member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the State Bar of Michigan. David is admitted to practice before all Michigan state courts, the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. David has also handled arbitration matters before the American Arbitration Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the National Association of Securities Dealers, the National Arbitration Forum, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Since 2005, David has been a member of the Branch Board of Directors of the David D. Hunting YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids and, as an Eagle Scout, he has been active in the Boy Scouts of America.
In 2008, David was named "Legal Professional of the Year" by NALS of West Michigan. Each year since 2012, David has been named a "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics magazine, a consumer guide to outstanding lawyers based on a multi-step selection process including a survey and peer review. He has also been selected for inclusion in the 2017-2020 editions of Best Lawyers in America.