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Thomas W. James, Michigan Super Lawyer

February 5, 2014 by Steven M. Gursten

Outstanding Michigan Auto Law trial attorney once again recognized as Super Lawyer in 2013

Personal injury attorney Tom James

Congratulations to Tom James for once again being recognized as one of the state’s top trial attorneys by Super Lawyers.

Tom has been an attorney with Michigan Auto Law since 2004. He focuses his practice on helping people injured in car accidents and in No Fault insurance cases.

Tom is a tenacious advocate for his clients. To date, Tom has more than 25 trials under his belt, which in and of itself is an incredible accomplishment.  To put that into perspective for non-lawyers, I’d wager almost all of the personal injury lawyers in Michigan, and all but a handful of the state’s 60,000 licensed attorneys, will never have 25 trials in their entire legal careers.

At Michigan Auto Law, Tom has obtained several multi-million dollar jury verdicts that have made headlines and that have been listed as the top truck accident trial verdicts in Michigan by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. These include:

  • In 2008, Tom helped obtain a $5.6 million dollar verdict for a Macomb County man run over by a pickup truck in Broeren v. Bates.
  • In 2010, Tom helped win a $3.5 million jury verdict for a Jackson County man who was seriously injured after his minivan was rear-ended by a semi-truck and pushed into another oncoming truck, in Fairley v. Schiber Trucking Company.
  • And last year, in Shekoski v. Allied Trucking Company in Macomb County, Tom helped obtain a $2.55 million jury verdict for the children and grandchildren of an 88-year-old man who was hit and killed by a semi-truck as he attempted to legally cross the street on his bicycle.

Tom has achieved remarkable success as a trial attorney. But holding insurance companies accountable when they violate their legal obligations to injured car accident victims and when claims adjusters deny payment to people is what really drives him.

This is what’s fantastic about Tom. He doesn’t believe in compromising for less than what a case is valued — just because more work might be involved. And he isn’t afraid of trial – he thrives on it.  So Tom will roll up his sleeves and put in all of the hard work, because he’s driven by what is fair and what is right.

Being an auto accident attorney is actually a second career for Tom, who started off in business. He credits his business experience (an MBA, accounting degree and pre-law work history) as helping him carve out a niche in his first-party No Fault practice.

Tom was also named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Lawyer for his impressive legal and civic involvement, as well as his trial results. To read more about Tom’s legal memberships and his speaking engagements on the No Fault law, take a look at his biography.

Professionally, these are just some of the reasons Tom has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer.

Super Lawyers has an extensive election process that involves peer nominations, evaluations and third-party research. Each Michigan Super Lawyer is evaluated on 12 points that include lawyer-peer recognition within the legal community, professional achievement and legal excellence.

Tom is also a very dedicated family man. He is married to Angie, an aspiring yoga teacher, and they have three young children. Tom most enjoys spending time with his family and being positive role model for his children, whether it be building a homemade ice rink for skating or teaching them to get along with his special “Bosley bucks” system.

Sports is also something that’s part of the fun family life in the James household. Tom is a certified youth sports coach, where he coaches his kids in hockey, baseball and basketball.

He’s a PTA board member, too.

We’re very lucky to have Tom as one of our attorneys here at Michigan Auto Law.

Related information:

Tom James is a Michigan Association for Justice Pacesetter

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