Gass Inducted as Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

Miller Johnson is pleased to announce that David J. Gass was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The event, on October 20, was a black tie affair held at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City, with 1,070 in attendance.

Fellowship is extended only by invitation, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. There are 97 Fellows in Michigan and more than 5,800 Fellows across the U.S. and Canada, including every member of the Supreme Court of the United States and every member of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. Gass is an experienced trial lawyer who represents clients in a wide variety of complex commercial and general civil litigation in state and federal courts. He received his law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1980. He received his undergraduate degree, with high distinction, from the University of Michigan in 1977.

Mr. Gass was just elected President of the Historical Society of the Western District of Michigan. He is a past President of the Western Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is a Faculty Member and a former Chair of the Hillman Advocacy Program of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. He is former chair of Miller Johnson’s litigation section and member of the management committee.

Mr. Gass is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America®" Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Law, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants. He is named as a "Super Lawyer" in Business Litigation since 2006 and to their "Top 100 Lawyers" in Michigan in 2008, 2010 and 2011. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Michigan Bar Foundation. He is also a Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada and is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in America. Founded in 1950, the College is dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession. The College’s Fellowship represents all branches of trial practice, enabling the organization to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice. For more information, visit

Founded in 1959, Miller Johnson is a full-service firm providing legal counsel to businesses and individuals in areas such as business and corporate, employment and labor, litigation, employee benefits, family law, and estate planning. In November 2011, U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers awarded Miller Johnson with first tier rankings for 33 practice areas—the most of all law firms for the Grand Rapids metropolitan area.

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