David K. Lietz
Recognized by his peers as a first-rate attorney, David Lietz has won the respect of attorneys, judges, and his clients through his tireless work and tenacious representation. Having settled and tried several multi-million dollar cases, David knows what it takes to put together a winning case for his clients.
David’s practice concentrates in the area of complex civil litigation involving wrongful death and critical injury. The majority of David’s cases arise from incidents involving large corporate defendants, including commercial trucking accidents, commercial airplane crashes, manufacturing and power plant explosions and fires, and construction related injuries and deaths. Visit David’s Lawyers.com profile.
A representative list of some of David’s cases includes the following:
- Represented the family of the conductor of the Washington DC Metro train that collided with another train on June 22, 2009
- Represented six victims (four deceased, two injured) of a massive fog related pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 2003.
- Represented three victims of the 2002 Interstate 40 Bridge Collapse, where a tugboat and barge hit an interstate highway bridge near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma and caused several vehicles to plunge into the Arkansas River.
- Represented the family of one victim of the 2000 Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crash, where an MD-83 with a cracked jackscrew nosedived into the water off Point Mugu, California.
- Represented the victims (one deceased, one critically injured) of a 2000 incident where a tractor trailer rear ended a line of stopped traffic on the Pennyrile Parkway near Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
- Represented a critically burned victim of the 1998 explosion at the State Line Energy plant in Hammond, Indiana, where a massive coal dust explosion ripped through the power plant, causing power shortages all over the city of Chicago, Illinois.
- Represented the families of four victims of the 1996 Valujet Flight 592 crash, where a DC-9 developed a cargo hold fire and crashed into the Everglades near Miami, Florida.
- Represented the family of a victim of a 1994 crane collapse in Laughlin, Nevada, when a mobile truck crane toppled across the parking lot of a casino.
These are just a few of many cases where David has represented clients in cases across the country over the past decade.
In addition to representing clients in all manner of wrongful death and critical injury cases, David also has experience with class action litigation. Recent class action experience includes wage abuse class actions against Wal-Mart in the states of Massachusetts, Maryland, and Wisconsin, the In Re Buspirone (Buspar) class action, and the national HMO class action multi district litigation in south Florida.
David received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Luther College in 1988, where he graduated with honors. He received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1991. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, and is admitted to practice before a number of federal district and appellate courts. He holds an “AV” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, denoting “high to preeminent” legal ability, as well as adherence to high ethical standards.
But David’s legal work does not tell the whole story. In a letter, one of David’s clients wrote:
“In the beginning I really never thought of you other than a lawyer, but now that we have been speaking on the phone quite often over the year and have spent some time together … I feel that we are friends and I hope when all this is settled we can stay in touch with each other.”
It is this kind of personal attention which sets David apart from other attorneys.
DAVID K. LIETZ, born Mauston, Wisconsin, October, 16, 1966; admitted to bar, 1991, District of Columbia; U.S. District Courts, District of Columbia, Eastern District of Michigan, District of North Dakota, District of Colorado; U.S. Courts of Appeals, Sixth Circuit and Tenth Circuit.
Education: Luther College (B.A., cum laude 1988); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1991). Recipient: American Jurisprudence Award for Oral Advocacy, 1990-91. Member: Cardozo/BMI Entertainment Law Moot Court Team; Winner, Best Brief, 1991. Assistant Director, Georgetown Barrister’s Council, 1989-90.
Member: District of Columbia Bar, American Bar Association (ABA), International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI). Reported Cases: Alderson v. Southern Co., 747 N.E.2d 926 (2001); Camalier & Buckley, Inc. V. Sandoz & Lamberton, 667 A.2d 822 (1995); King v. Jones, 647 A.2d 64 (1994).