David A. French


Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PLLC
Columbia Center
Suite 1200
201 West Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084

Phone: (248) 457-7813
Fax: (248) 740-7501
Email: dfrench@hallrender.com
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David has been doing commercial and healthcare litigation for more than 25 years, from state trial courts all the way to the United States Supreme Court, where he prepared the brief, presented the oral argument and prevailed in a 9-0 decision. His representative cases involving the False Claims Act include United States ex rel. Swafford v. Borgess Medical Centerin which he obtained summary judgment and prevailed on appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth CircuitHe has also obtained dismissal, with no payment by his firm’s clients, of other qui tam cases prior to reported decisions through successful negotiations with the United States Justice Department and United States Attorney’s Office. David is based out of Hall Render’s Troy, Michigan office.

Mr. French has been referenced as one of the top litigators in the State of Michigan by the Detroit Legal News, Oakland County Legal News and Washtenaw County Legal News. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Washtenaw County Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. Mr. French has written numerous articles and has lectured at several programs that focus on the health care industry.

David is admitted to practice in Michigan, as well as before the Eastern and Western U.S. District Courts in Michigan, both the Fifth and Sixth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Preparatory Education

  • University of Michigan, B.A., with high distinction – 1977

Legal Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D. – 1980

Admitted to Bar

  • Michigan – 1980
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth and Sixth Circuits
  • United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter


  • Private Practice – 1980-2010
  • The Rutherford Institute – 1987-1989


  • Referenced as one of the top litigators in the State of Michigan by the Detroit Legal News, Oakland County Legal News and Washtenaw County Legal News

Representative FCA cases

United States ex rel. Swafford v. Borgess Medical Center, et al., dismissed by the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, affirmed on appeal before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and certiorari denied by the U.S. Supreme Court. Rhe physician practice group was accused of violating the FCA by failure to properly document venous ultrasound studies. He represented the group at the trial level, on appeal, and in practice before the Supreme Court.

United States ex rel (Sealed) vs. (Sealed – a major US city), voluntarily dismissed prior to unsealing. Represented the City, and through negotiation and production was able to persuade the U.S. Government to decline intervention. The case was then voluntarily dismissed by the whistleblower.

United States ex rel (Sealed) vs. (Sealed – a Private Ambulance Company), voluntarily dismissed prior to unsealing. Was instrumental in the U.S. Government’s decision to decline intervention. The whistleblower then voluntarily dismissed the claim without any further action.


Sixth Circuit Issues Opinion Affirming Dismissal of Physician’s Claims Arising Out of Suspension of Hospital Privileges