Javon R. David

Javon David is an associate based in Butzel Long’s Troy office.  She represents clients in the areas of commercial litigation, media and entertainment law, and products liability.  She has extensive litigation experience, successfully handling matters from the onset of suit through trial. 

As part of her commercial litigation practice, Javon represents business entities in an array of legal issues, including contract disputes, shareholder oppression claims, non-competition and trade secret disputes, real estate, and automotive supplier disputes. She serves on the Business Court and Counsel Committee for the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA).  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Association (MDTC) after serving as its Trial Practice Co-Chairperson. 

In addition, Javon defends media clients in defamation actions and First Amendment cases. She serves as Deputy General Counsel for the Michigan Press Association (MPA), providing clients with prepublication review and newsgathering advice on sunshine and open-government issues. She advises on clearance projects and performs advertising reviews.  Javon serves on the litigation, insurance, and advertising/commercial speech committees for the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC).

Javon also defends clients in products liability actions and quality disputes, including toxic tort class actions and automotive liability disputes.  She serves on the Board of Governors for the Young Leaders Council, Original Equipment Suppliers Association – Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (OESA-MEMA). 

Prior to joining Butzel Long, Javon represented corporations and individuals in a wide variety of negligence, general liability, premises liability, and personal injury disputes.  This experience gave her the skills needed to successfully litigate complex actions.

General Background

Javon earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, graduating with honors.  She was an Editor of Law Review, an Executive Director of Moot Court Board of Advocates, and a faculty research assistant.  Javon was inducted into the Order of Barristers National Honor Society for excellence in legal writing and oral advocacy.  She received numerous academic awards, including Book Awards for the highest grade in International Law, Worker’s Compensation Law, and Business Franchising Law.  She was also a member of the Dean’s Honor Society, and received a Presidential Scholarship for excellence in academia and leadership.

Javon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, with concentrations in history, political science, and psychology.  She was on the Dean’s List and held board positions in numerous organizations, ultimately earning a Distinguished Student Leader Award, Difference Maker Award, and Student Activist of the Year Award from Amnesty International-USA. 

Javon has received the following recognitions for excellence in the legal field:

  • Best Lawyers in America – Ones to Watch in 2021-2022;
  • Rising Stars in Super Lawyers for 2017-2021; and  
  • Top Women Lawyers in Super Lawyers for 2017-2021.

Javon is admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan, the United States District Court-Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States District Court-Western District of Michigan.  Javon is also a certified mediator through the American Bar Association.


  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (2013, J.D., with Honors)
  • University of Michigan – Dearborn (2010, Magna Cum Laude)


Best Lawyers in America - Ones to Watch, 2021-2022

Super Lawyers – Rising Star, 2017-2021

Super Lawyers - Top Women Lawyers, 2017-2021


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


International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association (IALDA)

International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)

American Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Association

Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Association

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

Chaldean American Bar Association

Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce

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