David Joseph Lankford

David Joseph Lankford

248-291-6184 ext 106
Fax: 248-291-6487

Prior to attending law school, David earned a Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology and was a practicing, limited licensed, psychologist in the State of Michigan. Following his graduation from law school, he joined Garan Lucow Miller, specializing in trial practice involving personal injury cases, particularly in the area of traumatic brain injury.

He joined Scarfone and Geen in April, 2013.

He has handled first chair, trial practice in personal injury and insurance litigation in District Court, Circuit Court and Federal courts.

Professional or Trade Affiliations

  • Michigan Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Selected for Summer Internship: Summer 1988 – 32-A District Court Clerk Harper Woods, Michigan – Hon. Roger LaRose
  • Selected for Independent Research Project: Summer 1988 – “Clinical Jurisdiction of Courts” with Professor Clark Johnson, DCL
  • Selected for Summer Independent Research Project: Spring 1987 – “Psychiatric Expert Testimony” with Professor Clark Johnson, DCL
  • Selected for Summer Independent Research Project: Autumn 1986 – “Psychiatric Liability” with Professor Clark Johnson, DCL


  • “Assessment of Damages in Closed Head Injury Cases,” Michigan Defense Trial Lawyer Association Quarterly, 1995
  • Feature article on: “Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuits,” 1nter Alia, 1997

More Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter:  May 2008 Litigation of Traumatic Brain Injury/Michigan No-Fault Considerations.  Nationwide Insurance Company National Conference  -  Troy, Michigan
  • Presenter: April 2007 Identification and Defense of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Titan Insurance Company Staff   -  Troy, Michigan
  • Presenter: July 1998 Mock Defense Closing Argument and Case Analysis of a Traumatic Brain Injury Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority Annual Meeting and Summer Educational Seminar  -  Bay City, Michigan
  • Presenter: February 1998 – SPECT Scan and Brain Injury Update Breakfast Seminar (Sponsored by GLM)  -  Troy, Michigan

Representative Experience

  • SPECT v Allstate and ACIA, 246 Mich. App. 568; 633 N.W.2d 461 (2001)
  • Hammoud v Metropolitan, 222 Mich. App. 485; 563 N.W.2d 716 (1997)
    • Selected recent trial results:
      • Sean Carter v Insurer. Jury Trial: No Cause.

        Facts:    On December 5, 2010, Plaintiff Sean Carter alleges that he was a passenger in a vehicle owned by State Farm insured Deonta Reid.  Plaintiff and Reid have stated that they were parked near Ford Field and were planning to attend the Lions game that afternoon.  Plaintiff claims that he was sitting in the front passenger seat of the insured vehicle when a charter bus backed into the vehicle.  Injuries:  Plaintiff claims that he sustained cervical soft tissue injures, injury to his right shoulder, and headaches.

      • Demetria White v Insurer. Jury Trial: No Cause.

        Facts:    Plaintiff claims she was involved in a motor vehicle accident with a mail truck on or about May, 2011 as a reported driver of a 1999 Mercury Sable station wagon along with her passenger, daughter. She claimed that a postal vehicle backed up, striking, and going up on the hood of her vehicle. Defendant denied that the accident happened. Injuries: Plaintiff went to Henry Ford Hospital ER and Associated Chiropractic.  Plaintiff was been diagnosed with cervical, thoracic and lumbar sprain, segmental dysfunction and headaches.

      • Williams/Dillon v Insurer. Jury Trial. 30” No Cause. (No Accident)

        Facts: This was a first First-Party No-Fault and UM benefit claim sought by Judy Williams and Georgia Dillon who were allegedly involved in an accident which on June 1, 2012.  Defendant alleges that Plaintiffs were not involved in any motor vehicle accident. Plaintiffs assert that they were the driver and passenger in a vehicle waiting at an intersection when they were struck from behind. Injuries: Judy Williams: Claimed aggravation of prior neck, back, hip injuries.  She sought continued chiropractic, pain management, orthopedic care and use of prescription medication. Injuries:                Georgia Dillon: Claimed creation of neck and back injuries and an aggravation of a knee injury from a prior accident. She sought new chiropractic, new pain management, and continued orthopedic care and use of prescription medication.

      • Spivey v Williams and Spratt (Third party). Jury Verdict: No Cause

        Facts: Plaintiff’s claim arises out of a motor vehicle collision which occurred on or about May 20, 2010.  Defendant Aaron Williams was operating the vehicle owned by Co-Defendant Leonard Spratt. Injuries: Plaintiff alleged that she suffered a serious impairment of a body function, via back and neck pain, leg numbness, and memory loss.  The jury determined that Ms. Spivey did not prove that she was in the accident and did not prove that she received bodily injuries arise out of a motor vehicle accident

Community Involvement

  • 2001 - 2007: State Bar of Michigan Character & Fitness District H Appointee Detroit, Michigan (2 terms)
  • 2005 - 2007: Volunteer Attorney for Christian Legal Aid of Southeast Michigan (CLASM) at St. Vincent De Paul-Van Elslander Family Center: Detroit, Michigan
  • 2004 - 2008: Leader and Chair for: Most Excellent Way (Substance Abuse Support Group), Knox Presbyterian Church, Harrison Township, Michigan
  • 2010 - 2011: Chair - Corporate Bylaws Redraft Committee, Knox Presbyterian Church, Harrison Township, Michigan
  • 2008 - present: Ruling Elder, Knox Presbyterian Church Harrison Township, Michigan (2d consecutive term)
  • 2010 - 2013: Chair - Education Committee, Knox Presbyterian Church Harrison Township, Michigan
  • 2011 - present: Personnel Committee, Knox Presbyterian Church Harrison Township, Michigan