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Complex Consumer Litigation

DAVID K. LIETZ (not admitted in Florida, DC Bar only)

Recognized by his peers as a first-rate attorney, David Lietz has won the respect of attorneys, judges, and his clients through his tireless work and tenacious representation. Having settled and tried several multi-million dollar cases, David knows what it takes to put together a winning case for his clients.

After beginning his legal career as a real estate litigator, David's practice since that time has been exclusively on behalf of plaintiffs. For over 23 years, David concentrated his practice on the area of complex civil litigation involving wrongful death and critical injury. David also has substantial experience with class action and mass tort litigation. Since joining forces with Varnell & Warwick, David has worked on dozens of consumer class action cases across the country, representing the interests of real people who have been injured by corporate malfeasance. Prior class action experience included a wage abuse class action against Wal-Mart in the State of Massachusetts, the In Re Buspirone (Buspar) class action, and the national HMO class action multi district litigation in south Florida. Recent mass tort experience includes the Aredia/Zometa pharmaceutical litigation.

Bar Memberships and Organizations

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 1991 to present
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 1994 to present
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1995 to present
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 2005 to present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1998 to present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2005 to present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2017 to present
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2015 to present
  • Member, The International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI)

Professional Experience

  • Of Counsel, Varnell & Warwick, P.A., 2016 to Present
  • Principal and Founding Member, The Lietz Law Firm, Washington, DC 2006-2017
  • Partner, Coale Cooley Lietz (FKA Coale & Van Susteren), Washington, D.C. 1997-2005
  • Associate Attorney, Coale Cooley Lietz (FKA Coale & Van Susteren), Washington, D.C. 1994-1997
  • Associate Attorney, Loewinger, Brand & Kappstatter, Washington, D.C. 1992-1994


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, May 1991
  • B.A. cum laude, Political Science (Minors: History and English), Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, May 1988

Professional Recognition

  • AV Preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, September 1998 to present
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2007 to present
  • Washington D.C. & Baltimore's Top Rated Lawyers, 2012-2015 edition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award, 2012-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Silver, 2018

Honors and Appointments

  • Luther College Distinguished Service Award, 2018
  • Regent Emeritus, Luther College, 2017 to present
  • Luther College Board of Regents, 2005-2017
  • Luther College Presidential Search Committee, 2012-2014

Reported Cases

  • Jackson v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., 880 F.3d 165, 167 (4th Cir. 2018);
  • Alderson et al. v. Southern Co. et al., 321 Ill. App.3d 832, 747 N.E.2d 926 (2001);
  • Camalier & Buckley, Inc. v. Sandoz & Lamberton, 667 A.2d 822 (D.C. 1995);
  • King v. Jones, 647 A.2d 64 (D.C. 1994).

Contact David Lietz at dlietz@varnellandwarwick.com
Direct: 904-503-9815