Daniel P. King received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 1976 and his juris doctor from Michigan State University (Detroit College of Law) in 1979. He was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1980.
Mr. King, for over 35 years has concentrated his practice in the areas of toxic tort and environmental litigation, multi-party and complex litigation, insurance coverage issues and litigation involving personal injury and contracting issues for the trucking, petroleum and chemical industry. In addition, he represents commercial facilities, property owners, bars and restaurants in both premise liability and liquor liability claims He has defended clients in numerous mass tort chemical exposure and property damage claims not only in Michigan but throughout the country. Mr. King was a lead defense counsel representing Armstrong World Industries in the Michigan school class action asbestos property damage case. He also served on the original steering committee in Wayne County Circuit Court to set up the format for handling asbestos litigation throughout Michigan. Mr. King currently serves as coordinating counsel for several parties in various toxic litigation throughout the country.
His vast experience in environmental litigation encompasses representation of individuals, corporations, and insurance companies in both state and federal administrative and litigation proceedings, including claims under CERCA, RCRA, and the state counterparts. Mr. King successfully defended the first pollution contribution claim in Michigan [Forest City Enterprises, Inc v Leeman Oil Company 228 Mich App 57 (1988)] and obtained an award of sanctions in excess of $100,000 for his client. The case l became the precedent for changes to Michigan court law in awarding damages in the defense of civil litigation. Mr. King has represented numerous companies and their insurance carriers involved in the trucking industry both for personal injury, property damage and commercial issues. Combined with his experience in environmental and toxic tort litigation, he has successfully represented trucking companies or their carriers in claims involving both personal injury and property damage in the hauling of hazardous materials as well as injuries arising out of vehicular accidents.
Mr. King is admitted to practice in both state and federal courts in Michigan as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is a member of the Environmental Litigation Committee and the Negligence Section of the State Bar of Michigan, the Defense Research Institute, the International Association of Defense Counsel, and the Association of Defense Trial Counsel.