David J. DeVine

Shareholder
Detroit
devine@butzel.com | P 313 225 7088 | F 313 225 7080

David J. DeVine is a Shareholder based in Butzel Long's Detroit office. He practices in the areas of business litigation and bankruptcy and serves businesses in a wide array of industries, including automotive, construction, banking, health care, and real estate.

Mr. DeVine’s handles cases before both federal and state courts, as well as arbitration tribunals, and he has been named a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers each year from 2010-present. He also received Corporate LiveWire’s 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” recognition for Bankruptcy & Restructuring for the Detroit market.

As a member of Butzel Long’s Automotive Industry Team, Mr. DeVine devotes a substantial part of his practice to high-stakes, multi-million-dollar contract disputes and supply-chain cases, particularly as to pricing, warranty, and tooling issues. He likewise advises suppliers of all tiers and sizes on contract terms and conditions issues, as well as litigation avoidance and dispute resolution strategies.

Mr. DeVine also is a member of Butzel Long’s Construction Industry Team and performs litigation and advisory work for various types of clients, including general contractors, subcontractors and owners.

Education

Mr. DeVine is a graduate of Emory University School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2006), where he was a Managing Editor of the Emory Law Journal and a member of the Mock Trial Team. He also received the William H. Agnor Merit-Based Scholarship (honoring academic achievement and commitment to leadership and service within the profession); Order of Advocates Award (honoring outstanding achievement in oral advocacy); and the Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Products Liability.

He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan (B.A., with Distinction, 2003).

In addition to his law firm experience, Mr. DeVine interned for The Honorable John Feikens, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and, in Washington, D.C., for both The American Bar Association's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities and Senator Carl Levin (D-MI).

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • 2010-2011 Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) "North American OEM Production P.O. Terms and Conditions Comparative Analysis" (Contributor, Co-Editor)
  • ”Contract Law and the Changing Business Needs of the Automotive Supply Chain: The Problem of Dual-Source Requirements Contracts," Michigan Business Law Journal (Fall 2012) (Co-Author).
  • Recent Case Law Overview, OESA Terms and Conditions and Legal Issues Update Conference, Troy, Michigan, 2014 (Presenter)
  • “Dealing With Volume Fluctuations: A Contractual Perspective,” OESA Terms and Conditions and Legal Issues Update Conference, Troy Michigan, 2015 (Presenter)
  • “Elevating Your Legal IQ,” Automotive Supplier Leadership Academy (ASLA), Huntsville, Alabama, 2016 (Presenter)

Recognitions

  • Emory University School of Law, Law School, 2006, J.D. (With Honors)
  • University of Michigan, Undergraduate, 2003, B.A. (With Distinction)
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Star (Business Litigation), 2010-Present
  • Corporate LiveWire, Lawyer of the Year 2014, Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Admissions & Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association, American Inns of Court, 2014-Present
  • Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) Young Leadership Council, 2013-2015 (Member)
  • Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) Young Leadership Council, 2016-Present (Counsel)
  • Automotive Supplier Leadership Academy (ASLA), Huntsville, Alabama, 2016 (Faculty Member)
  • French American Chamber of Commerce, 2016-Present
  • JVS, Board of Trustees, 2015-Present
  • JVS, New Business Committee, 2015-Present
  • JVS, Strictly Business Fundraiser Planning Committee, 2015-Present
  • University of Michigan Undergraduate 2003, B.A.
  • Emory University School of Law Law School 2006, J.D.

Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Star (Business Litigation), 2010-Present

Michigan Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2017

Corporate LiveWire, Lawyer of the Year 2014, Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Corporate LiveWire, Global Awards 2015, Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Detroit, Michigan, USA

DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Commercial & Construction Litigation, 2018

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • Michigan

State Bar of Michigan

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan

American Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Association, American Inns of Court, 2014-Present

Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) Young Leadership Council, 2013-2015 (Member)

Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) Young Leadership Council, 2016-Present (Counsel)

Automotive Supplier Leadership Academy (ASLA), Huntsville, Alabama, 2016 (Faculty Member)

French American Chamber of Commerce, 2016-Present

JVS, Board of Trustees, 2015-Present

JVS, New Business Committee, 2015-Present

JVS, Strictly Business Fundraiser Planning Committee, 2015-Present