Thomas W. James has been a trial attorney at Michigan Auto Law since 2004. He focuses his practice in auto accidents, first-party lawsuits, attendant care claims and insurance coverage disputes. With more than 25 trials, Tom is a tenacious advocate for his clients. He's passionate about holding insurance companies accountable for refusing to honor their legal obligations and their promises to customers.
$5.6 million jury verdict, Macomb County
Auto accident involving pedestrian
$3.5 million jury verdict, Jackson County
Plaintiff rear-ended by semi truck
$2.1 million jury verdict, Washtenaw County
Rear-end car crash
$690,000 arbitration verdict, Wayne County
Attendant care case
Tom has been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up and Coming Lawyer. According to the legal newspaper, Up and Coming Lawyers are attorneys who have been practicing for a decade or less, but who have already distinguished themselves from the thousands of other Michigan attorneys with their accomplishments. Tom was chosen for his extensive work as a trial attorney, as he has tried more than 25 cases, and has earned several multimillion dollar, record-breaking jury verdicts for people injured in auto accidents within his first years of practice.
Tom is a Michigan Super Lawyer – Rising Star. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This designation is limited to the top 5 percent of Michigan attorneys.
Tom has also been named a Michigan Association for Justice Pacesetter. This is a recognition that highlights noteworthy Michigan attorneys excelling in their fields. The Michigan Association for Justice is an organization of more than 2,000 personal injury attorneys who are dedicated to helping accident victims.
Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
Graduated with Honors
Journal of Business and Securities Law, Editor-in-Chief
Captain of three national mock-trial competitions
American Trial Lawyers Association President, student chapter
Michigan Association for Justice President, student chapter
Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California
Master of Business Administration
San Jose State University, San Jose, California
Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society
Michigan Auto Law, Farmington Hills, Michigan
St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, Centreville, Michigan
Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, member
Michigan Association for Justice, member
American Association for Justice, member
American Civil Liberties Union, member
Michigan State University College of Law, Vice President of Alumni Association
State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section Annual Convention
Solo and Small Business Institute
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Michigan Association for Justice
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