William D. Booth is one of Plunkett Cooney’s senior litigators who focuses his practice in the areas of professional liability – architects’ and engineers’ liability, product liability and alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Booth has held leadership positions in numerous legal organizations throughout his legal career. He is a past President of the Oakland County Bar Association and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Booth has been honored by his peers for 26 consecutive years with his nomination for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America ® for Personal Injury Litigation (Copyright © 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

Professional Memberships

  • Oakland County Bar Association (President 1996-1997; Board of Directors, 1985-1997; Circuit Court Mediation Committee Chairperson 1987; Facilities Committee Chairperson 1989-Present; Foundation — Fellow)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Foundation member; Negligence Law Section, Past Chairman 1976-1977; Real Estate Law and ADR sections; Tort Law Review Committee, Co-Chairperson 1983-1995)
  • Michigan Supreme Court Committees (Standard Jury Instruction — Civil, 1980-2002;Court Reporting and Recording Board of Review, 1980-1986; Medical Malpractice Mediation Committee, Co-Chairperson, 1984-1987)
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • American Bar Association (Tort, Insurance Practice and Litigation Sections)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow (State Chairperson 1989-1991)
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow
  • Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (Secretary/Treasurer, 1996-1999; Executive Committee, 1991-1993; Architectural, Engineering and Construction Committee; Products Liability Committee; ADR Committee)
  • Defense Research Institute, Inc.
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference - Life Member

Publications and Lectures

  • State Bar of Michigan — Lecturer — Real Property Section, ADR Section
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education - Lecturer on construction liability
  • American Inn of Court — Master of the Bench Emeritus — University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • American Inn of Court — Master of the Bench Emeritus— Oakland County Bar Association


  • Alpha Tau Omega (University of Michigan)
  • Gamma Eta Gamma (University of Detroit School of Law)



  • University of Detroit School of Law, L.L.B., 1962
  • University of Michigan, A.B., 1959


  • Michigan, 1962


Honors & Recognitions

  • Outstanding Achievement Award, State Bar of Michigan, Council of the Negligence Law Section, 2013
  • “Detroit Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year,” 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America® for Personal Injury Litigation (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC), 1987 - 2022 (30+ consecutive years)
  • Leading Lawyer in ADR Law: Personal Injury / Personal Injury Defense Law: General / Products Liability Defense Law / Professional Malpractice Defense: Incl. Legal/Technical/Financial, Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2015 - 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating-AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Michigan Super Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Michigan Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters publication, 2006 - 2012
  • Top Lawyer in Personal Injury Litigation, dbusiness Magazine, 2015
  • Oakland County Bar Association - Professionalism Award, 2011
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel - Excellence in Defense Award, 1999
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Alumnus of the Year, 1997
  • Oakland County Bar Association - Distinguished Service Award, 1993
  • William B. Somerville Award (Distinguished Service Award presented by American Institute of Architects, National Society of Professional Engineers and The Schinnerer Group), 1991


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