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Thomas W. James, auto accident attorney

Thomas James

Michigan Auto Law

Thomas James Average Rating: Thomas James has been a trial attorney at Michigan Auto Law since 2004. 5 out of 5 based on 37 reviews
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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.

Client Testimonials

Tom James left no stone unturned in my car accident case
By Joe Curry, Traverse City February 10, 2014
Tom James is a very thorough attorney. He left no stone unturned in my car accident case. Tom got all my medical bills paid. He was very responsive and answered my questions whenever I needed. I was happy with the way I was treated. Tom is very professional but he is also very personal. I would strongly recommend Tom to anyone.
Very kind and very smart lawyer
By A.F., Warren January 17, 2014
Tom did everything in his power to make sure that my long term disability company did not try to take my benefits when I was injured in a car accident. He's a very kind and very smart lawyer. He made sure I stayed informed about what was going on with my case. He made sure he returned my phone calls in a timely fashion. I got a great settlement thanks to Tom.
Helped me immenesly after a garbage truck hit me head on
By K.K., Dearborn December 17, 2013
I was hit head on by a garbage truck. I called Michigan Auto Law because I started having back pain and wanted to know about my rights. They helped me through the process because I didn't know what I should do. Tom James was my lawyer and he was very kind. He and his paralegal Michelle are very patient and great at explaining everything. When I called, I never felt like I was bothering anybody. And if I ended up leaving a message, they were both really quick to get back to me and respond. I'm thankful for the help they gave me and that my lawsuit is over. Tom got me a great settlement.
Thoroughly pleased with Tom and Michigan Auto Law!
By Joie Vawter, Walled Lake November 21, 2013
I was in a head on car accident. I knew that it was bad and I knew I was going to need help navigating how to figure everything out. Tom James was the one who helped me through it. He is a very compassionate lawyer. He's very informative. He walked me through the whole entire process and answered every question I had. He's very efficient. Didn't waste my time or my money. I appreciated the way he helped me navigate the system, and in dealing with the auto insurance companies. When they wouldn't talk to me, Tom was able to step in and deal with all of the business with the insurance companies and myself on my behalf. He kept me at ease from start to finish and he's extremely knowledgeable. He went over and beyond during my case. He even helped me with a couple of additional things that came up during my case not related to auto accident law. I was very pleased with my settlement. Since I've been with Michigan Auto Law, I have referred four people happily and confidently, knowing I'm sending them to the right place. I will gladly send anybody that I know who needs help when they've been in a car accident in the future. I am thoroughly happy with Tom and Michigan Auto Law!
Light at the end of a dark tunnel
By Donald Jones, Newberry October 08, 2012
I live in the Upper Peninsula and the attorney we had didn't know how to handle auto cases and messed it up. We found Michigan Auto Law and they turned it around. They were a light at the end of a dark tunnel. This firm took us from where we didn't know where to start - a hopeless feeling - and they guided us to the end. We were really sinking. My accident injuries were so bad and I didn't know how to support myself. Tom James, you couldn't ask for a better lawyer. He answered all the questions. Everything was positive, he kept telling us not to lose hope. But he told it like it was and didn't give us false hope. Everything he told us was right on. Now we have satisfaction and we are comfortable and happy. I couldn't say thanks enough. There are no words to express how thankful I am.
He was a fantastic attorney and my future is brighter because of him and the people at Michigan Auto Law.
By Vanessa Hicks, Battle Creek
I was on my way to the doctor's office and before I knew it, we were rear-ended as part of a five-car accident. I hit my head against the wall and broke my neck, and I started having blackouts. I was really hurt, and confused on what to do to pay for my medical bills and take care of myself. I found Tom James, a car accident attorney with Michigan Auto Law in Farmington Hills. Tom worked it all out for me. He's very professional, very pleasant and very, very patient. There were times I'd call him quite a bit, but he would take his time and explain to me what's going on. Everybody else from the receptionist to his secretary at Michigan Auto Law was always very pleasant with me. Because of the broken neck situation, medical personal were saying it was a possibility that I could die. I would call Tom upset and crying. He would always make me feel better and get me on the right track. The settlement Tom got me will help me rest better and now knowing that I'm going to live, I think it was fair. I'm going to see a friend this week who was hit by a car. I have every intention of mentioning Tom James to her. He was a fantastic attorney and my future is brighter because of him and the people at Michigan Auto Law.
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Notable cases

$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
Dean's List

Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California
Master of Business Administration

San Jose State University, San Jose, California
Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society

Legal experience

Michigan Auto Law, Farmington Hills, Michigan

St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, Centreville, Michigan

Memberships and affiliations

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


No-Fault speaker
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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