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David M. Lick

313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933-2114
T 517.371.8294
F 517.371.8200


David Lick has more than 30 years of experience in construction law, commercial litigation, public-private partnerships, administrative law and alternative dispute resolution.

David is known for his strategic approach to addressing client matters. Drawing on his undergraduate accounting degree, he uses the numbers as a platform to evaluate the situation. Next, his experience as an arbitrator and a contract administrative law judge enables him to analyze the situation from the vantage point of a prospective judge. Finally, he adds his practical experience and then custom-crafts analysis and arguments for clients.

In the construction arena, David is seasoned in representing the interests of owners, architects, developers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers at every stage of the process — from drafting initial contracts to project completion including any disputes.

As commercial litigation continues to expand from the courtroom to include many forms of alternative dispute resolution, David regularly represents clients in mediation, arbitration, litigation of business/owner disputes, trade secret disputes, non-compete, confidentiality anti-piracy claims, employment and employment litigation matters. David is a member of the American Arbitration Association and is an approved Circuit Court Case Evaluator for commercial litigation cases.

David is a nationally known attorney for his knowledge and experience in public-private partnerships. He has developed financing mechanisms for water and wastewater systems, roads, bridges, material recovery facilities and other infrastructure needs.

In addition to a thriving practice, Dave is very active in the community and serves in numerous leadership roles in legal, professional and community organizations.

Honors & Recognitions

AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell

Best Lawyers® 2019 Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year" in Lansing

Best Lawyers® 2017 Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Lansing

Best Lawyers® 2015 Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Lansing

Best Lawyers in America® 2007-2019 (Arbitration; Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Mediation; Project Finance Law)

Michigan Super Lawyers Construction Litigation, 2013-2018 

Michigan Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition (Construction)

Distinguished Volunteer Award presented by the Ingham County Bar Association, 2008 

Small Business Advocate Award presented by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2001

Certificate of Appreciation presented by the Michigan Department of Transportation for Dedicated Service presented by Patrick M. Nowak, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, 1993-1995

Member of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 1990-1995

Appointment to the Michigan Public-Private Partnership Commission by Governor of the State of Michigan, 1992

Award for Public Service by the Lansing Community Micro-Enterprise Fund

Invited to Participated in the 2016 Regional Bipartisan Policy Center Executive Council on Infrastructure


Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • Ingham County Bar Foundation, President
  • Ingham County Bar Association, Past President, 2009-2010
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • American Arbitration Association
Industry & Professional Associations:
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Financial Advisory Board, Past Member
  • National Council for Public-Private Partnerships
  • Association General Contractors
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association
  • Michigan Society of Association Executives
  • Capital Area Michigan Works
  • Associated Owners & Developers
  • Fellowship of Construction Lawyers Society of America 
Community Involvement:
  • Lick Family Foundation, Co-Founder and Board Member
  • Lansing Community Micro-Enterprise Fund (known as the Entrepreneur Institute), Founder  
  • Lansing Community College, Former Adjunct Professor 
  • Michigan State University Resource Management Department, Former Adjunct Professor
  • Okemos Education Foundation Past President and Board Member 
  • Tomorrow's Child (SIDS), Past Board Member


Representative Matters

  • Represented a construction contractor for accelerated performance and differing site conditions claim against a governmental agency, which was resolved for approximately $2.5 million.
  • Provided the analysis, framework and model to utilize public-private partnerships to have a material recovery facility constructed and operated for an eight community authority without any additional cost to the authority or its citizens, which shared in some revenues. Project won an award from the National Counsel of Public-Private Partnerships.
  • Represented two communities and a hospital to develop a unique arrangement for the improvement of an expressway interchange. Advices permitted the use of real estate to qualify for federal matching dollars and established a liaison with the Department of Transportation.
  • Developed the contracts for contracting out the operation and maintenance and ultimate concession agreement for a municipality with a private operator regarding the water and waste water treatment systems. The project resulted in invitation to the Republic of Ireland for a presentation of how to undertake public-private partnerships for infrastructure.
  • Represented highly visible public image owners regarding their construction contracts to renovate their facilities and ultimately arbitrate their claims.
  • Provided advices to a minority ownership interest in a limited liability company that resulted in a solidification of their interest and control.
  • Served as the arbitrator for large complex cases, including a multi-million dollar construction for various types of structures, including parking ramps and cement factories, and technology disputes.
  • Represented a contractor on a bid protest against the State of Michigan which resulted in an award of a contract in the amount of $1.8 million.
  • Served as an arbitrator on a $2 million construction claim of an owner against a contractor through the American Arbitration Association.
  • Represented an entity regarding a trademark/copyright infringement case which resulted in a settlement award under $100,000 to my client with a continuing prohibition order. 



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University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1970

Michigan State University, B.A., 1967, Accounting, Honors College


Law Clerk to Judge Quinn of the Michigan Court of Appeals, 1970-1971

Bar and Court Admissions


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana