David B. Viar



Hillsdale College, B.A., 1986
University of Detroit School of Law, J.D., 1989

David B. Viar is an experienced trial and appellant advocate in disputes involving commercial transactions, trusts and estates, contract disputes and matrimonial law.  Mr. Viar has handled a broad range of business litigation, including general breach of contract claims, minority shareholder freeze – out actions, sales representative terminations and commercial real estate brokerage commission disputes.  Mr. Viar has tried several police misconduct and excessive force cases in the state and federal courts all resulting in decisive victories for his clients.  He also served as the Shelby Township attorney for four years where he handled complex land use, zoning and employment issues.

Mr. Viar also represents commercial property owners and managers in landlord/tenant litigation and eviction proceedings.  He is regularly involved in lawsuits concerning trademark and copyright, disloyal or unfair competition, misuse of trade secrets, and terminations involving companies and their employees, distributors and representatives.

Mr. Viar was appointed to the position of Public Administrator by Attorney General Mike Cox in 2004.  He has extensive experience in the areas of trust administration and probate litigation.

In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Viar frequently counsels individuals and businesses on a wide variety of issues including business formation, employment contracts, and corporate governance.

Mr. Viar is a 1986 graduate of Hillsdale College.  He graduated from the University of Detroit Law School in 1989.  Mr. Viar enjoys a reputation among judges and lawyers as an aggressive advocate committed to excellence in the practice of law.  Mr. Viar has also participated in the American Inns of Court, and he is an active member of the Federalist Society.

Representative Matters

Obtained $4.1 million dollar trial verdict on behalf of Tier-1 supplier of seating systems to multiple OEMs after vendor unilaterally raised prices 250%, refused to ship component parts and threatened to shut down several of Tier-1’s OEM customers.    Mr. Viar obtained preliminary injunction requiring parts vendor to ship parts at agreed upon pricing while parties tried case on an expedited basis.  After expedited discovery and three week trial, the plaintiff was awarded 100% of claimed damages with no price increase and no interruption in the supply of parts.

Successfully represented owner in multi-party construction litigation against general contractor, resulting in $2.3 million dollar settlement for the owner.

Successfully defended five Sterling Heights police officers and the City of Sterling Heights against charges of excessive force, false imprisonment and maliosus prosecution arising out of domestic violence complaint.  All five officers were exonerated, the case against Sterling Heights was dismissed on a motion and the plaintiffs received nothing on their $50 million dollar damages claim.

Obtained $2.1 million dollar judgment on behalf of international supplier of commercial and residential air conditioners.  This result was obtained after plaintiff’s counsel was terminated two months before trial.  Mr. Viar took over the case on short notice, hired new experts and took the matter to trial achieving total victory despite strict time and budgetary limitations.

Obtained $710,000 arbitration award on behalf of Tier-1 supplier of textiles to foreign based OEM.

Mr. Viar represented Chinese OEM in $50 million dollar dispute over “exclusive distribution” agreement.