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Thomas W. James, attorney

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 was able to get me a really good bus accident settlement from Genesee County
By , Hale March 31, 0016
I was involved in an accident with a school bus in Genesee County and I had gone to the administrator in charge and she basically told me to fly a kite. I knew I had some medical issues so I called Michigan Auto Law, when I realized this law firm handles things for Michigan car, truck and bus crashes. I was very happy after that. The office got a hold of me right after I called. I talked to my attorney Tom James for a while and we set the course for my case. And the lawsuit was filed. I've had to have major surgeries and although my insurance company cooperated in the beginning, they recently started giving me trouble. But Tom fought to make sure my benefits were covered. As for my pain and suffering case, this law office was able to persevere, keep me on track, keep me informed of what was going on, and got all the right people together to get the information they needed. In the end, everything was okay like Tom promised it would be and we were able to get a really good settlement from Genesee County. Tom is a fantastic individual and attorney. He did all of the background and research and had extensive knowledge of the law. I felt he was on top of the game the whole time. So were his legal professionals Robin and Michelle. They were very instrumental and keeping me informed and answering any questions I had. It was a very excellent experience overall. In a rating of 1 to 10, 10 being the best, I would rate them as an 11.
Tom worked very hard to get me a settlement I'm happy with after a truck tire hit my car
By , Chelsea July 17, 0015
I was driving and the wheel came off another driver's car and struck my car. It wasn't just any tire, it was a commercial truck tire. I felt like my injuries were significant enough that I was due some compensation for it. I decided to hire Michigan Auto Law because of their large presence on the Internet. They looked like a solid company and they only deal with car and truck accidents, so I liked that. Tom James was a very helpful attorney. He worked very hard to get me a settlement that I'm happy with. Tom and his team, his paralegal Michele and his secretary Robin, were always there when I needed something or had a question. I also had faith that Tom had full knowledge of the auto accident laws and in the way he litigated my case. The way he explained the auto laws and what to expect in my case was also thorough and understandable. This was a stress-free experience and I highly recommend Tom and his team at Michigan Auto Law.
Focused on my well being and helping me out
By , Allen Park June 24, 0015
Sometimes people are intimidated by lawyers or think that lawyers are just people out there looking to make some money off of you. But everyone I interacted with at Michigan Auto Law constantly asked my how I was doing personally before getting focused on the monetary side of things with my case. The experience was focused on my well being and helping me out. I noticed this when Larry Gursten drove out to my house to see my parents and I. He would call me on my cell phone and made himself available to me anytime I needed to talk to him. He is the founder of the firm, but he still wanted to be available to me for anything I needed. Tom James handled my case. He was very encouraging as well with helping through the process and knowing what to expect in legal proceedings like the deposition. Tom was really helpful in giving me an understanding of what was going on - what the different scenarios were and possible outcomes. He was very knowledgeable and I know Tom and his team, which consisted of his awesome secretary Robin and his knowledgeable paralegal Michele, did way more than I saw. They took the ball and ran with it, but if I needed absolutely anything, getting in touch with them was never a problem. I'm very pleased with the outcome of my case. I wouldn't expect anything but the best from Tom and this firm. They showed that they all worked extremely hard for my settlement. I'm extremely thankful for how it will help me down the road with my medical needs.
Tom knew what I was going through and he understood me
By , Flat Rock January 23, 0015
I was rear ended in a car accident and hurt my neck. I had no idea the car accident would affect my life the way it did. But Michigan Auto Law helped me through everything. My lawyer Tom James is very personable, he listened - he's everything. He knew what I was going through and understood me. He was thorough. He helped me to understand what was available to me through No Fault insurance and was extremely knowledgeable on the laws. This should have been told to me by my insurance company, but it wasn't. Tom helped me get all of my No Fault benefits and I'm very happy with the settlement he got me for pain and suffering. He got me the maximum we could get. I'm thankful for his expertise and his knowledge.
We had full confidence in Tom because of his legal knowledge and the kind way he treated us
By , Chesterfield November 12, 0014
I got t-boned by a giant car. I was in the hospital for a month with life threatening injuries. My father called Michigan Auto Law after a recommendation from a friend to learn about whether I had a case. We never considered another law firm because of the way we were initially treated. The response time was within minutes, our questions were answered and meetings were set up. Tom James represented me. Every time I needed something or had a question, he helped me and my family - even things that didn't have to do with my lawsuit like my social security. Tom handled everything for me so we didn't have to worry about the litigation or the lawsuit. He kept us up to date and we had full confidence in Tom because of his legal knowledge and the kind way he treated us. I've already recommended Tom and Michigan Auto Law to several people.
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Notable cases

$7 million settlement, Oakland CountyConfidential auto accident

$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

Truck Accident Litigation

  • American Association for Justice
  • New Jersey Association for Justice
  • Kentucky Association for Justice

Auto Accident Law

  • ICLE (Institute of Continuing Legal Education)

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Thomas James

Michigan Auto Law

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