(248) 851-4111 
David C. Mellem

Phone: (248) 254-4819

Fax: (248) 851-0100

Associate David Mellem draws upon his strong background in legal research and writing as part of Zausmer’s Commercial Litigation practice group. He finds out what his client’s unique needs are and tailors his strategy to best serve them, using all of the resources at his disposal.

David’s past experience clerking for a federal judge gave him insight on the inner workings of judicial chambers and the importance of completing extensive research on the legal issues at hand. He gained valuable experience drafting reports and orders that would serve as precedent in future case law on constitutional issues, administrative law, discovery disputes, and other areas.

David received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with honors from MSU, where he minored in Philosophy. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as Executive Editor for the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. David excelled in business law and continues to be fascinated by the intricacies of that field.

Before coming to Zausmer, David served as Assistant Corporate Counsel for the City of Detroit and as Assistant State’s Attorney for McHenry County in Illinois. He gained valuable experience handling litigation from inception to trial on matters involving police misconduct, employee negligence, no-fault benefits, governmental immunity, and compliance issues.

Since 2017, David has served in a leadership position as the co-chair of the Diversity Committee for the Federal Bar Association. He is actively involved in organizing events throughout the year targeting various demographics, including tutoring programs for children and networking events where students, attorneys, and judges can intermix to create new connections and opportunities.

A self-taught musician, David enjoys playing stringed instruments including guitar, bass, mandolin, and ukulele, and loves attending music festivals and concerts. Much of his free time these days involves doting with his wife over their young daughter.

Practice Areas


  • University of Michigan Law School,
    Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, 2011
  • Executive Editor, Michigan Journal of Race and Law
  • Michigan State University,
    Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, with Honors, 2008

Bar Admissions

  • State of Michigan
  • State of Illinois

Professional Groups

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar Illinois
  • Federal Bar Association, Diversity Committee Co-Chair