David W. Sommerfeld

Shareholder
Bloomfield Hills
sommerfe@butzel.com | P 248 258 1316 | F 248 258 1439

David W. Sommerfeld is a shareholder based in Butzel Long's Bloomfield Hills 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. He serves as manager of the firm's Probate, Trust and Estate Planning Practice.

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 is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in American Law, Michigan Super Lawyers, and DBusiness as a 2012 Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit for Trusts and Estates. He is a member of the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit, and has been named a 2013 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager SM.

Mr. Sommerfeld is a frequent 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.

  • Detroit College of Law Law School 1967, J.D.
  • University of Detroit Mercy None 1963

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel - Fellow

The Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates; Litigation - Trusts & Estates, 1995-2018

Who's Who in American Law

Michigan Super Lawyers, Estate Planning & Probate, 2006-2017

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

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