David W. Sommerfeld

David W. Sommerfeld is counsel to Butzel Long and based in the firm's Troy office practicing in the areas of estate planning, probate, and trust administration. He also has experience in the areas of income tax, estate and gift tax, and related tax and financial matters. 

Mr. Sommerfeld is a 1963 graduate of the University of Detroit and a 1967 graduate of the Detroit College of Law. He is a Certified Public Accountant as well as an attorney.

Mr. Sommerfeld is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in American Law, Michigan Super Lawyers, and DBusiness as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit for Trusts and Estates. He is a member of the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit.

Mr. Sommerfeld is a has been a lecturer on the subject of estate planning on behalf of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education of the State Bar of Michigan, the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and Professional Education Systems, Inc.


  • University of Detroit Mercy 1963
  • Detroit College of Law 1967, J.D.


American College of Trust and Estate Counsel - Fellow

The Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates; Litigation - Trusts & Estates, 1995-2022

Who's Who in American Law

Michigan Super Lawyers, Estate Planning & Probate, 2006-2021

2013 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager SM

DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Trusts and Estates, 2011-2017 Tax Law, 2016


  • Michigan


State Bar of Michigan

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel - Fellow

Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit


  • Created a private charitable foundation in excess of 20 million; actively involved in the administration of the foundation.
  • Created numerous private charitable foundations.
  • Provided estate and succession planning services for some of the wealthiest individuals in Michigan.
  • Provided complex Estate Planning services for numerous Senior Executive level individuals from major automotive manufacturers.
  • Handled the administration of several estates in excess of $100 million.


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