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Vince_profile_web300Vince Colella is a founding partner of Moss & Colella, P.C., a Southfield, Michigan based law firm that specializes in Personal Injury Trial Law. For more than two decades, Vince has tried and won cases in State and Federal Courts throughout Michigan. His extensive trial experience and expertise includes automobile negligence, police brutality and misconduct, premises liability, sexual assault, construction and trucking accidents, insurance disputes, sexual harassment, discrimination and wrongful death. Last year alone, Vince and his law firm co-founder obtained over 12 million dollars in verdicts and settlements for their clients.

Vince has also handled many high-profile cases including the shooting death of a 19 year-old boy by Warren police officers, a large apartment fire in a Southfield complex causing the death of two women and their children, an assault and battery case against one of the most successful reality television producers in Hollywood, California, and most recently the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old woman by a City of Dearborn Police Officer. He is known and recognized by lawyers and judges across the state as an aggressive, skillful and powerful trial lawyer. You may find him in the Michigan Trial Reporters (the leading publication for compiling verdict and settlement data in Michigan). You may also find him online in a number of press releases and stories by local newspapers and magazines. Vince has been recognized as an expert in personal injury and civil rights law by multiple peer review organizations, including Super Lawyers (2011-2017), DBusiness (Top Lawyers), The National Trial Lawyers (Top 100), National Association of Distinguished Counsel (Top 1 Percent), and among the top 1% of auto lawyers.

Personal Background and Affiliations: Vince Colella has served as a member of the Executive Board for the Michigan Association for Justice (formerly known as the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association), which consists of only the most respected and elite trial lawyers. He is also a member of the Detroit, Oakland, Michigan and American Bar Associations. He is certified as a mediator and regularly sits and hears cases for the Oakland County Circuit Court Mediation Program. In addition to his academic and professional associations, Vince played 23 years of rugby and is currently associated with the Detroit Tradesmen Rugby Football Club. He has played rugby in seven different countries throughout Europe, Canada and the West Indies. Additionally, he earned a 3rd degree black belt in the martial arts and has spent time teaching defensive tactics to women, children and police officers. His cases are frequently featured in Michigan Lawyers Weekly in addition to the Detroit News, Free Press, MLive and Channel 4. Vince is a contributor to charitable organizations such as Orchard Children’s Services, Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, and Hug A Bear Foundation.

Areas of Practice:

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Police Misconduct (Excess/Deadly Force)
  • Premises Liability
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Assault and Battery
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Dram Shop
  • Bar-Bouncer Liability
  • General Negligence
  • Construction Site Injuries and Accidents
  • Insurance Claims
  • State and Federal Tort Claims
  • Cyber-bullying and Social Media Liability
  • Civil Rights

Litigation Percentage:

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Michigan, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan

Education:

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan, J.D.
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, U.S., B.A.
    Major: Psychology

References:

  • BSI Corporate Benefits, Inc.
  • Advasure

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • University of Michigan Rugby Club, 1999 – 2005
  • Club Captain/Player
  • Detroit Bar Association, Member
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Past Employment Positions:

  • Provizer Phillips P.C., Associate Attorney, 1996 – 1997
  • United Talent Agency, Assistant Talent Agent, 1993 – 1996

Ancillary Businesses:

5th Down, LLC and BSI Corporate Benefits.