David K. Pontes

David K. Pontes


Direct Dial: 586-239-0628

Fax: 586-221-4140

Email: dpontes@apalawoffice.com

David K. Pontes is a founding partner in the firm. Mr. Pontes concentrates his practice in the areas of automobile negligence, complex litigation, criminal law, driver license restoration, family law, personal injury, and premises liability. David received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont in 1999 and his Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School in 2006. David is licensed to practice before all Michigan State Courts, and the Eastern and Western Districts of the United States District Courts of Michigan.

David is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, SBM Criminal Law Section, SBM Litigation Section, and LABAS. He has been honored with the Rising Star distinction by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine in 2011-2012 and 2014-2017 in the area of General Litigation. David is a board member of the Detroit Institute of Arts Friends of the Detroit Film Theater as well as Chateau Chantal, a publicly held winery in Traverse City, Michigan. David also volunteers with Racquet Up Detroit, a coaching and mentoring program for children.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Labor and Employment Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Family Law
  • Insurance Coverage and Claims
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Federal and State Court Appeals
  • Criminal Law
  • Governmental Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Municipal Litigation Defense
  • Collective Bargaining and Employment Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan


  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D. – 2006
  • University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
    • B.A. – 1999
    • Major: English Literature
    • Minor: Environmental Science

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star, Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine, 2011-2012 and 2014-2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Section
  • Detroit Institute of Arts Friends of the Detroit Film Theater, Board Member
  • Chateau Chantal, a publicly held winery, Board Member
  • United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteers with Racquet Up Detroit, a coaching and mentoring program for children