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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 40 years of experience in construction law, public-private partnerships, administrative law and alternative dispute resolution.

David is known for his strategic approach to resolve matters. He draws on his undergraduate accounting degree to evaluate situations from an analytical perspective.  His experience as an arbitrator enables him to analyze a situation from the vantage point of a judge. He adds his practical experience to custom-crafts solutions.

In construction, 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.

David is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, and was adjunct faculty at the University of Western Ontario Law School. David is a member of the American Arbitration Association for construction, commercial, and large complex case; and is an approved Circuit Court Case Evaluator for commercial litigation cases.

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

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® 2021 Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year" in Lansing

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® 2007-2022 (Arbitration; Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Mediation; Project Finance Law)

Michigan Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation, 2013-2019

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, 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

Attended the 2016 Regional Bipartisan Policy Center Executive Council on Infrastructure

Attended the inaugural U.S.-Canada Public-Private Partnership Conference


Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • Ingham County Bar Association, Past President, 2009-2010
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • American Arbitration Association
Industry & Professional Associations:
  • National Council for Public-Private Partnerships
  • Association General Contractors
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association
  • Associated Owners & Developers
  • Fellowship of Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • Member of the Construction Owners Association of America
  • Member of the Design Build Institute of America
  • Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Michigan Plumbers & Mechanical Contractors Association
Community Involvement:
  • Ingham County Bar Foundation, Past President, 2015-2017; State Bar of Michigan Foundation; and American Bar Association Foundation
  • 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
  • University of Western Ontario Law School, 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 public-private partnership for a material recovery facility constructed and operated for an eight community authority without any additional cost to the authority, 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 concession agreement for a water and waste water treatment system. 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 parking ramp, cement manufacturing plant, and a technology dispute.
  • 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.
  • Drafted over 200 agreements involving owners and contractors or architects.



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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

U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals