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David W. Sommerfeld is Counsel to Butzel 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. 

Overview

David W. Sommerfeld is Counsel to Butzel 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.

Primary Practice Areas

Credentials

Education

University of Detroit Mercy 1963

Detroit College of Law 1967, J.D.

Admissions

Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan

    American College of Trust and Estate Counsel - Fellow

    Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit

Awards & Recognitions

Awards & Recognitions

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel - Fellow

The Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates; Litigation - Trusts & Estates, 1995-2023

Who's Who in American Law

Michigan Super Lawyers, Estate Planning & Probate, 2006-2022

2013 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager SM

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

Experience

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

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