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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

David L. Haron, J.D.

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David Haron, the 2010 honoree of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Foundation’s annual benefit, gets pleasure from helping people and solving problems--“just like you psychoanalysts do.” To explain his outlook, somewhat diffidently, he quotes the adage, “Save the world by helping one person at a time.”

This attitude is evident in his work. As senior partner in the Troy law firm, Frank, Haron, Weiner and Navarro, Dave is a litigator and mediator, but has come to specialize more and more in health care law. This specialization began almost by accident in 1993. A woman, who happened to have Dave’s name, came to him because she was troubled that her employer, a lab company, was charging the government too much. Haron brought the case to the court under a “whistle-blower” provision of the federal False Claims Act and recovered $119 million for the United States government. Now Dave has become known as an expert in the area of other false claims, including Medicare and Medicaid fraud, and his firm helps medical institutions and physicians with credentialing, regulations, documentation, and bioethical issues.

Dave brought his zeal for public causes and legal expertise to help the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and Foundation during his term as treasurer of the Foundation from 2002 to 2004 and then its president from 2004 to 2007. Dave says he was deeply impressed by how much time the members of MPI donate to outreach and felt an affinity with the cause of improving mental health in the community. During his tenure, he promoted the importance of organizational outreach and of MPI/MPF becoming known to the public and facilitated the center’s new website. Behind the scenes, he helped the Institute with its important legal issues, including documentation and organizational/structural matters.

Dave’s mission goes beyond helping one person at a time in his work for the larger good. He currently is on the board of JARC and its legal committee, and, especially dear to his heart, a trustee of CATCH, the Sparky Anderson Charity for Children. CATCH raises money for needed supplies and equipment for sick children. He and his wife and family established a library and computers for the use of young patients at Children’s hospital. He has been on the Temple Israel Board of Trustees, the Farmington Hills Planning Commission, where he served as chair, and the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He has been president of the Oakland Bar and is now a trustee, and participated in numerous committees in the community on such projects as increasing voter participation, adult education, etc.

In all of this, Dave becomes a leader. “I can’t stand it,” he said, “if I see something wrong, I’ve got to do something.” To make a difference, he thinks, “You have to step forward.”

His awards are many. He was named one of the “Leaders in the Law” By Michigan Law Weekly 2010, one of “Michigan Super Lawyers” from 2007 to 2010, and was given a Citizen’s Appreciation Award from the City of Farmington Hills.

Dave loves to mentor younger colleagues. With his wife, Pam, he has established a scholarship at the University of Michigan for law students who do community service. He serves as a mentor for the bar association and teaches health law at Cooley Law School. In addition, and without trumpeting the fact, Dave and his firm do much pro bono work. Currently, the firm helps individuals caught up in real estate foreclosure and victimized by predatory lending. Dave has authored many legal publications focusing, not surprisingly, on advice to individuals about real estate, on fraud and abuse in the health care industry, and to health care professionals.

Dave is direct and down-to earth. Those who know him personally know that it is his family that grounds him and means the most to him--his wife Pam of 41 years, his two children, Eric and Andrea, and his four grandchildren.

by Nancy Kulish, Ph.D.