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Thomas W. James, attorney

Tom has been a trial attorney at Michigan Auto Law since 2004. He focuses his practice on serious truck and car collision cases. Tom received the Pacesetter distinction by the Michigan Association for Justice for his work representing people seriously injured in car and truck accidents.

 

Testimonials

I found the law firm staff to be very professional and caring – whenever I called, everyone took time to listen to my concerns. My lawyer Tom James especially did a great job. He listened to me with sympathy and empathy. He was very thorough and professional. I never felt like he was rushing me off the phone; he was genuinely listening to what I was saying. I was very happy with the settlement I received at the conclusion of my car accident case and the time it took to wrap everything up. I would definitely recommend Michigan Auto Law and Tom to my family and friends.

Notable cases

$7 million settlement, Oakland County – Confidential auto accident

$5.6 million jury verdict, Macomb County – Truck accident, brain injuries

$3.5 million jury verdict, Jackson County – Semi-truck accident, brain injuries

$3.5 million settlement – tire separation accident, brain injuries

$2.5 million jury verdict, Macomb County – Commercial truck accident, wrongful death

$2.3 million jury verdict, Jackson County – Commercial truck accident

$2.1 million jury verdict, Washtenaw County – Rear-end car accident, brain injury

$690,000 arbitration verdict, Wayne County – Attendant care case, brain injury

$432,000 arbitration verdict, Wayne County – Attendant care case, brain injury

Honors

Tom has been selected to the Michigan Super Lawyers list since 2013. He obtained this recognition for his work advocating for his clients and volunteering within the legal community as an educator in the fields of trucking litigation and auto accident law. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement and is limited to the top 5% of Michigan attorneys.

Tom was also 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 had 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 was named a Michigan Association for Justice Pacesetter. This is a recognition that highlights noteworthy Michigan attorneys excelling in their fields. Tom received this award because of his work in the legal community assisting other attorneys in the field of No Fault and Truck collision cases. The Michigan Association for Justice is an organization of more than 2,000 personal injury attorneys who are dedicated to helping accident victims.

Education

Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan

  • Graduated with Honors
  • Dean’s List
  • Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Business and Securities Law

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

  • Michigan Association for Justice, Executive Committee Member
  • American Association for Justice, Board Member of the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section; Member of the Interstate Truck Litigation Group
  • Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, member
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Member and Pro Bono volunteer

Presentations

Previous Events

  • Speaker, "Truck Accident Litigation for the Car Crash Lawyer"; 2016 Annual Convention, American Association for Justice; Los Angeles, CA; July 2016
  • Speaker, "Obtaining No Fault Benefits for Catastrophic Injury Victims in MI"; No Fault Summit, Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE); Plymouth, MI; April 2016
  • Speaker, "Negligent Entrustment - The Role of Corporate Liability in Trucking and Auto Cases"; 71st Annual Seminar, Michigan Association for Justice; Detroit, MI; April 2016
  • Speaker, "Voir Dire in Trucking Cases"; Annual Conference, American Association for Justice – Truck Accident Litigation Group; Montreal, Canada; July 2015
  • Speaker, "Winning Truck Lawsuits: What Works and What Doesn’t"; Truck Litigation Seminar, Kentucky Justice Association; Kentucky; June 2015
  • Speaker, "Truck Driver Depositions"; New Jersey Boardwalk Seminar, New Jersey Association for Justice; Atlantic City, NJ; 2015
  • Speaker, "Effectively Using Accident Reconstruction in Truck Collision Investigation and Trial"; Strafford Webinar Publications; Online; 2015
  • Speaker, "Traffic Crash Reconstruction in Trucking Case"; Strafford Webinar Publications; Online; 2015
  • Speaker, "When the Truck Accident Case Gets Moved to Federal Court"; 2014 Annual Convention, American Association for Justice; Baltimore, MD; July 2014
  • Speaker, "Electronic Discovery"; CLE Webinar, Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE); Online; 2014

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More Testimonials

Dasha Gerod from Detroit
A friend of mine was researching a law firm for me when I got into an accident. We called in and I was able to speak with the staff. That very first person I spoke with made me feel warm as if I had made the right choice. I decided at that point to not make any calls to any other law firms. My attorney Tom was great. He communicated with me at every turn. I would say he was always very on top of things. Toms assistant Robin also helped me a great deal, always being available to speak with me as well. All in all, I had a wonderful experience with this law firm. I am glad I made the decision to call them.
James Ankney
I found Michigan Auto Law through an attorney that I knew in Ohio. He mentioned that this firm was great. I really needed to work with a great law firm, as my son was killed in an auto accident. I find most often many attorneys to be arrogant and uncaring. When I first met my attorney Tom, I was shocked at how down to earth and compassionate he was. His teammates, Michele and Ann turned out to be really great and down to earth as well. I could not have asked for a better team to represent me. On another note. I was also impressed with Richard Soble. He was excellent with facilitation.
Dennis Holt
Working with Jeffrey Bussell and Tom was great. Toms team members, Michele and Robin were awesome in assisting me with any questions or concerns I had. They were always available. The experience I had with Michigan Auto Law was a great one! Tom is most certainly a wonderful and personable attorney.
Crystal Hurst
I was referred to Michigan Auto Law by another attorney. He mentioned that they were a great law firm. I decided to do research myself on this firm. All the great things I saw and heard made me decide to choose them. From the very first meeting with my attorney Thomas James, I knew I made the right decision. Thomas was very thorough, responsive,honest, and caring. I have already referred others to Michigan Auto Law and will continue to do so.
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Crystal Hurst
I was referred to Michigan Auto Law by an attorney. He mentioned that they were a great law firm. I decided to do research myself on this firm. All the great things I saw and heard made me decide to choose them. From the very first meeting with my attorney Thomas James, I knew I made the right decision. Thomas was very thorough, responsive,honest, and caring. I have already referred others to Michigan Auto Law and will continue to do so.
Jordan Mikula
Very helpful and really on top of things. Thank you
Colleen Heller
My attorney was Thomas James. He was absolutely wonderful. Him and his associates did a great job on getting information that they needed to help my case. He went beyond too do his job. He explained things to me that I would understand. I would recommend him and your firm too family members and friends. Thank you Tom for everything you have done for me.
Andrew McDonald
I was involved in an auto accident and didn’t know where to turn. I stumbled upon Michigan Auto Law on the internet. I worked with both Jeffrey Bussell and Thomas James. Michele, along with Robin, also helped to make this process smooth for me. I was impressed with all the work everyone did. I plan on recommending others to Michigan Auto Law.
Sean Cunningham
I could not be happier with how things went. Tom and Steven walked me through the entire process from the beginning to a successful conclusion, and kept me apprised of case developments throughout.
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Sean Patrick Cunningham
I could not be happier with how things went. Tom and Steven walked me through the entire process from the beginning to a successful conclusion.
andres pena
My brother and I were both injured in a auto accident. I was searching for a law firm online and decided to go with Michigan Auto Law. Tom and Jeff Bussell took great care of the both of us. They made this entire process smooth. I am very thankful for having the both of them on my case. My brother and I are extremely happy with the outcome.
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Juan Pena and Andres Pena
My brother and I were both injured in a auto accident. I was searching for a law firm online and decided to go with Michigan Auto Law. Tom and Jeff Bussell took great care of the both of us. They made this entire process smooth. I am very thankful for having the both of them on my case. My brother and I are extremely happy with the outcome.
Edward Harris
I was researching law firms and came upon Michigan Auto Law. From my very first call to them, I felt welcomed. Tom, Michele, and Robin were a great team. They have all treated me with a great deal of respect. I will definitely be recommending other people to Michigan Auto Law. This is the best place to come to if you are injured in a accident.
Tony Pavlovski
Tom was very professional and nice to me. He explained the entire process in great detail. Robin and Michele were always available to me and answered any of my concerns. Everyone has been great here at Michigan Auto Law.
Keely Morris
My experience with Michigan Auto Law was great from day one. From the very moment I met Tom, he expressed great care and concern for me. I never felt as if I were just a number. His assistant Michele was great as well. Both Tom and Michele were on top of everything for me. I could not have asked for a better team to handle my case. I am extremely happy and definitely plan on recommending others to this firm.
Brandon Ormsby
Tom and Jeff are two great attorneys here at Michigan Auto Law. The customer service level here is excellent. They were both very responsive and attentive to all of my concerns. Everyone here is very professional. I have already referred several people I know to this firm. You will not be disappointed!
Keely Morris from Dearborn Heights
Everyone that I had contact with was very nice especially, when it came to questions and making sure I was ok. I would like to really thank Carol Birnkrant, Michelle Gerken and Tom James. You guys are awesome.
Javon Byrd from Detroit
Working with Michigan Auto Law was a great experience. Tom is a great attorney. He helped me so much throughout my case. Michele was also awesome in this process. She was such a great help. I cannot thank her enough for her patience and understanding with me. Tom and Michele are a great team and I will recommend them to others involved in an auto accident.
Jeffrey Brewer from White Lake
Tom was great! Anytime I called he answered all of my questions and concerns. He was extremely respectful of me and my time. Tom handled my case wonderfully. Michele and Robin were also great and really pleasant with me. I am very happy with Michigan Auto Law and what they have done for me. I plan on recommending others to this firm.
Stacy Castle from Munger
everything about my experience with the firm was excellent!
Barbara Doepfer from Saint Clair
Let me just say when I came to Michigan Auto law I was working with Michael. He was great, very thorough, and explained to me in detail this whole process. I began to work with Tom. He is an excellent attorney. Tom exercised a lot of patience with me. He truly fought for me. I will definitely be recommending others to this law firm.
Lina Patel from Canton
I can remember the first day I called. I was in so much pain, and afraid. Brandon spoke with me. Once I spoke to him I knew this was who I wanted to take care of my case. The entire staff of Michigan Auto Law is very professional. They bent over backwards for me. Tom has made this process so easy for me when working with him. I am very satisfied and happy with outcome of my case.
Tami Hayward from Canton
Tom James, Michele, Robyn, Jeff B, Larry G all could not have been more gracious, compassionate or professional. Each interaction left me feeling better, safer, protected. They have very high standards and it shows. I am so grateful for you taking me under your wing. Thank you! I will highly recommend you to anyone who will listen!
Lawrence King from Detroit
Let me start by saying this is a great firm. I have already referred someone here. My attorney Tom was great. He was very thorough with helping me to understand my case. Tom has a great personality, and is highly organized. Robin is a part of Tom's team. She was a great help to me as well if I had any questions or concerns. Any questions I had were answered very quickly which was very impressive.
Clarence Howard from Clinton Township
This is a great law firm. All of my questions were answered. They made sure that we were well inform informed of the process after I was injured in the accident. Michele was also very good in assisting me with my case. Everyone that I have dealt with here has been nothing but professional. I will definitely refer others to Michigan Auto Law.
Roland Williams from Robbinsville
Tom is the best. Everything went smooth. He answered all my questions and concerns. I never had to ask many questions because Tom kept me very informed. Michele was also great. She helped me out a great deal. If you are ever hurt in an accident you should definitely come here. I will be recommending anyone and everyone to Michigan Auto Law.
Johnnie Meeks from Warren
This is a firm that believes in communication with their clients. Robin, Michelle, and Tom are a powerhouse trio. Michelle and Robin were very instrumental to me as well. They were very empathic concerning my injuries. Tom has spent a lot of time with me and exuded patience to the utmost. I have never felt rushed or brushed to the side. All lines of communication were open for me. They care about their clients. I have, and will continue to refer people to this firm. I want to also give a thanks to Larry Gursten who offered to help me and gave me his personal phone to contact him if I had any questions or concerns.
Rozell Bozeman from Ypsilanti
My cousin and wife referred me to this firm, as they were previous clients. I had never been involved in an accident so I did not know how things worked. Tom is an extraordinary attorney. He answered all of my questions, explaining the law as well as my rights. Tom and Michelle checked in with me to see how I was doing and helping me with my case. The staff is very very friendly. I met Steve, who was kind to me and he answered my concerns. I am always going to recommend this firm and tell them how I was treated here. This is a caring and companionate firm. If I could give them 100 stars I would indeed.
Jennifer Artress from Taylor
Working with Tom was great. It was a very stressful situation but Tom made everything easier to deal with. He was very straight forward with the entire process from beginning to end. Nothing was a surprise when it happened. Tom, Michelle and Robin were always keeping me informed on what was going on with the case. I would 100% recommend Tom and Michigan Auto Law.
Jen Kotimko
I wanted to take a moment to write about just how happy my husband Jeff & I are with the way everything went at Michigan Auto Law. We have never gone through this process. It was nice to be represented by a place that genuinely had me & my family’s best interest at heart. I actually told my lawyer Tom James when we were wrapping up our case that the only thing we'd miss in this process was him. He is a very smart, hardworking, very personable individual. He never once was cold or "all business". He treated Jeff & I like we mattered, and genuinely had our best interest at heart. We greatly appreciate all of the hard work, phone calls, & meetings that went into this process & genuinely appreciate being treated so kindly EVERY SINGLE TIME we interacted with anyone at your firm. Something as simple as Michelle, our paralegal, calling me to discuss things, every single time, I was always greeted with a pleasant tone, always asked how I was doing, how I was feeling....small gestures such as that made such a difference. We've spoken volumes to our families about the character of the individuals at Michigan Auto Law, & will not hesitate to recommend you. Again, thank you to Larry Gursten, Robin, Michelle & Tom for all of the hard work and dedication that you all put into making sure that Jeff & I were treated fair & right.
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Moe Sobh from Sterling Heights
I hurt my shoulder in a car accident. Michigan Auto Law came highly recommended. They helped me with every stage after the accident, including walking me through my No Fault lawsuit and the case for my injuries. My insurance company tried to give me a hard time, but my lawyer Tom and his team didn't let them. I was surprised the insurance company treated me this way because I had serious pain. I received all of my No Fault PIP benefits thanks to their support. Tom works with you and tells you what to expect. He was there for me in court, over the phone, any time I needed him. I have absolutely no complaints.
Bashara Khzouz from Livonia
Tom James is a very knowledgeable attorney. He did everything for us when my father was in a car accident. He explained things in the way we needed and his paralegal Michele and secretary Robin were also always there to answer all of our questions. He did a great job. He's a great guy. We would recommend him, because we are happy with our settlement and our experience at Michigan Auto Law.
M.H. from Warren
Tom is a great lawyer. He's patient with his clients and I'm happy with the experience. Its been beautiful. Anytime I call, he answers my calls and I have absolutely no complaints. I highly recommend Tom. He's done his best with my case and it shows in my settlement.
Trinity Mullins from West Branch
My experience with Michigan Auto Law was super pleasant. My lawyer Tom James was extremely helpful. He gave me the reassurance that everything was going to be fine, because auto accidents obviously are never easy and it's a frustrating situation to be in. He was right. I'm here and I'm finally getting the medical help that I need which will give me relief from this pain I'm in. Tom handled my No fault case and secured my benefits from my insurance company and he settled my pain and suffering case. I'm very happy with what he did for me. I've never been through anything like this and there's no place I would have rather gone than Michigan Auto Law. It's a very nice firm that took care of me. Thank you, Tom. I also want to note that I referred my niece here and she's very happy as well.
Joel Peterson from Hale
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.
Pat DeRush from Farmington Hills
I live in Canada, but I'm an American citizen and I was in an accident in Michigan when I was visiting. I went online because I didn't want to go with anyone in Sarnia. I thought Michigan would have been a better fit for me. The lawyers at Michigan Auto Law seemed to be rated the highest, so I went with that. My lawyers Tom James and Brandon Hewitt helped me tremendously. Brandon started off my case and he's a great guy. He always had an answer to my questions and e-mails. Then my case turned over into litigation with Tom. He was excellent and friendly, too. I would definitely go back to Michigan Auto Law again. I'm happy with my experience. They were able to have contact with Canadian attorneys while working on my case.
Kathy Hunt from Chelsea
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.
Derek from Allen Park
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.
Marsha Miller from Flat Rock
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.
Teresa Wilson from Clinton Township
My first impression of Michigan Auto Law was they showed genuine concern for my well-being - and this continued until the end of my car accident case. My lawyer Tom James was a very nice guy. I've had conversations with him that were more than my car accident and auto insurance companies. He educated me and even cared for my family. Tom always followed up with me and made sure I knew exactly what was happening during each step of my case. I was very pleased with the results, even though there's no dollar amount that could take this pain away. I came to Michigan Auto Law because I was referred to by a friend, and in turn, I have already referred this law firm to several friends.
Osbourne from Clarkston
Tom James was the trial attorney that helped me with my case. He was great. My case went to trial but we settled before the jury was picked because the defendant finally offered more money. Tom fought for me all the way. He never tried to convince me to settle for any less than what I wanted. When we were getting ready for trial he came out to my house many times meeting with me and my family, even on the weekends. He always returned our calls quickly and answered all our questions. I guess, I was surprised to find out how down to earth he was. He didn't even get upset when my dogs slobbered all over him! Tom was easy to talk to and explained everything, never trying to rush things or rush me off the telephone. I appreciate everything Tom and the other people at Michigan Auto Law did for me. If I ever need any legal advice or have any legal questions in the future, I'm going to start by calling Tom James at Michigan Auto Law.
Belinda Fatseas from Macomb Township
I picked Michigan Auto Law over other firms on the Internet because they completely specialize in car accidents, and I felt they could do the best job for me after my bad accident. I didn't know what to expect from lawyers and having whiplash, neck and back pain and short-term memory loss made things even harder for me. But upon first impression, I found the law firm staff to be very professional and caring - whenever I called, everyone took time to listen to my concerns. My lawyer Tom James especially did a great job. He listened to me with sympathy and empathy. He was very thorough and professional. I never felt like he was rushing me off the phone; he was genuinely listening to what I was saying. I was very happy with the settlement I received at the conclusion of my car accident case and the time it took to wrap everything up. I would definitely recommend Michigan Auto Law and Tom to my family and friends.
Victoria Schuster from Monroe
I have to say Michigan Auto Law has made me feel very secure and confident in my auto accident lawsuit. Going through these kinds of things is very stressful, but having them on my side has been a huge weight lifted off of me. My attorneys made a personal connection with me from the start, and I feel like I have a personal friend on my side helping me through this difficult time. I'm so happy I called this law firm.
Rachael Stoops from Battle Creek
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of my experience with Michigan Auto Law is comfort. This was important, since I was T-boned by a semi-truck, in a lot of pain and unfamiliar with the legal process after a truck accident. The staff and lawyers there are very friendly and easy to talk to. My truck accident attorney Tom James was absolutely great. Tom stuck up for me when my insurance company was giving me problems, and fought for my No-Fault benefits. He always explained to me what was going as far as my lawsuit, and quickly returned my calls. Tom put me at ease and made everything very easy for me. I'm happy with the end result, my pain and suffering award. My experience with Michigan Auto Law was great and they're definitely the ones to go to for truck accidents.
Vanessa Hicks from 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.
Karen Lemerand from Southgate
I was in a rollover car accident. I didn't even think about getting an attorney, but my sister urged me to because of the severity of my injuries. I'm so glad she led me to Michigan Auto Law. I was very impressed right off the bat with this law firm. They've been very caring from day one. They tried to understand what I was going through, and I'm sure they did because all they handle is car accident lawsuits. Tom James is a great attorney. Fantastic. I like his personality and how much he thrives to help people - the people like me that are in the right against the people like my insurance company that are in the wrong. My auto insurance company would take it upon themselves to stop payment of my no-fault benefits, and then I'd have to call Michigan Auto Law and they would fight for me. Tom knows what he's doing and he's great at it. I would highly recommend this firm. I would recommend Tom and David Christensen. They were both fantastic car accident lawyers. And if I ever needed them again, I would call.
Paula Henderson from Southfield
I would recommend Michigan Auto Law to anybody. I had a very pleasant experience with the firm, because my case was handled professionally, I was treated well whenever I came into the office and my correspondence was good. I've never been involved in a lawsuit before, but I was rear-ended at a red light on Joy Road in Southfield, severely injuring my head, neck and back in the car accident. My lawyer Tom James helped protect me. I was impressed at how quickly my auto case progressed. Tom was a gentlemen and he swiftly took care of business. I'm happy with the resolution and my auto accident settlement.
Judy Swackhamer from Waterford
My auto accident attorney Tom James was an absolutely wonderful guy. After I was rear-ended and pushed into the opposing lane and front-ended, I was very injured and need help with my medical treatment and medical bills. The whole process of filing a car accident lawsuit was unnerving to me. But Tom protected me the entire time. He was reassuring that I was doing everything that I should be doing with my auto insurance company and the person who caused the accident. Tom is so professional, encouraging, friendly and calming. If you ever have any problems at all with automobile accidents, it's truly in your best interest to contact Michigan Auto Law and Tom James - because they do everything right.
Thomas Whittingham
I was in a rear end collision with a girl on her cellphone. I called Michigan Auto Law due to the fact that I had two compressed discs in my neck and complications with numbness in my arms. I was referred by a friend who highly recommended Tom James. I would give Tom the highest rating you can give. He was extremely professional and proficient in handling our case and my needs. He did a fantastic job. I would absolutely and very highly recommend Tom.
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S.K. from Grand Blanc
My mother and husband were rear ended by an 18-wheeler truck while at a red traffic light. Not only did they get hit in the back, but the truck's load hit the vehicles going the opposite direction. So they were pretty much sandwiched and hit on all sides. They were both hospitalized and unconscious and had to go through major therapies for their closed head injuries. I called Michigan Auto Law to pursue a lawsuit against the trucking company who hit them. Tom James and his paralegal Michele helped us through the lawsuit. Both of them were excellent. They had excellent patience and updates. And excellent representation. If we had to refer someone we would definitely refer them to this office and to Tom and Michele.
Chelsea Pray from Chesterfield
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.
L.B. from Warren
Tom James was a great attorney. He helped us a lot. Anytime we needed him, we called him and he was there. He got us a settlement that was above and beyond what we expected. I would recommend Tom. He's great to have on your side after a car accident.
Heidi A. from Warren
I appreciated my attorney Tom James and his assistant Michele handling my case after my car accident. They made it as smooth as it could be. Tom got me a settlement for my pain and suffering that I was happy with. It was the most I could get considering my insurance policy.
Anonymous from Harrison Township
With this firm, the way I was treated during such a hard time of recovering from my injury made all the difference
S. M. from Clinton Township
I would recommend the attorneys at Michigan Auto Law. They provide a pleasant environment if you need help after an injury accident. I called after I got rear ended after a red light. My lawyer Tom James helped me with all the battles of the legal and court stuff. He talked me through it and explained how everything worked. He got me a settlement for my injuries that's enough to care for myself now that I'm out of work. His paralegal Michele was great. Very informative and kind. This is a great law firm.
M. J. H. from Macomb
I was driving to work and a man coming from a parking lot hit my passenger side and it threw my car to the other side of the road. My van was totally damaged and I had a bad head injury and other injuries that caused me to get surgery on my neck, shoulder and knees. My friend told me I would be in good hands with Michigan Auto Law. I was in bad shape and knew I needed help so I called. I had a great attorney, Tom James. He's a wonderful person who is willing to do anything for you. Tom's paralegal Michele was also helpful, as well as his secretary Robin. They helped me with everything during my lawsuit and even other questions outside of my lawsuit. Tom is an awesome, friendly person. He was always there for me and very easy to reach and communicate with. My family and I always recommend Tom. The verdict Tom got me will help me survive as I heal from my injuries.
Tammie Dubose from Detroit
I was involved in an injury on a construction site. I got hit by a commercial vehicle that caused me to be off work and in the hospital for my back surgery. I reached out to Michigan Auto Law for help with the injury lawsuit process. With this being my first time ever filing a lawsuit, it was kind of scary to me because I didn't quite understand some of the terminology of a lawsuit case. But my attorney Tom James took that all away. He was very accurate. He was very precise and he was very professional. He came to me and gave me clarity of any questions I had. He made me feel comfortable and confident. He was always there to answer my phone calls. Whether it was by text or e-mail, he would always answer me and give me a clear understanding of what was going on and what to expect through the whole process. His paralegal Michele was also extremely helpful. Tom took me down the right path. He worked very diligently and hard for my case to be settled. From the start to the end, it was everything I needed with professionalism, promptness and understanding. I'm happy to have Tom as an attorney. I would refer Tom and Michigan Auto Law to anyone.
Heidi Aiken from Warren
I was specifically referred to Tom James by a mutual friend. I've never gone through a car accident like this before and my friend assured me he's an experienced attorney who only handles auto accident litigation. When I talked to Tom, he comforted me and walked me through the process. He extremely knowledgeable in the auto law and had my best interest as his top priority. Tom kept me up to speed with my case and ultimately he got me the fairest settlement that I felt I was going to get. The outcome of my case was desirable.
Nina Kinney from Port Huron
I was hurt in a serious car accident while at work. I knew if I filed a lawsuit, my wife and I wanted to do it right. We found Michigan Auto Law online and after reading the reviews, we knew this was the firm with the strongest record of success. The first lawyer who helped us was Brandon. He was kind and compassionate and always available. He just seemed to care. Brandon gave us all the information about what to do with the next steps through my employer, Michigan No Fault insurance and the workers comp law. Our litigation lawyer was Tom James. He was kind and helpful. He was great. He would talk to us anytime we needed. His paralegal Michele was awesome and always on deck to keep things together. The entire team worked to make sure we got the best settlement we could get under the Michigan laws. I would definitely recommend this law firm.
Randy McElwain
Great firm! I highly recommend Michigan Auto Law. Tom James and his team helped me after I was hit riding my bicycle by a commercial truck.
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Gary Clark from Clinton Township
I'm pleased with the services from Michigan Auto Law and my attorney Thomas and his paralegal Michele. They helped me with my No Fault lawsuit after my car accident pain and suffering case. I was clueless as to the law. But Thomas broke it down for me, let me know what was going to happen and what my rights were. It gave me insight into the world of accident law. Through this all, Thomas and his team got me all of my No Fault benefits, including the at home replacement services, lost wages and proper medical treatment. They made sure I got what I was due after the accident. The team kept me up to date every step of the way - calling me, checking on me and making sure everything was alright. The services were really great, and I will recommend Michigan Auto Law to anyone who needs help.
Charlotte Levett from Redford
I was hit by a commercial truck driving in my van. I was told I didn't have a case. But attorney Tom James stepped up to the plate and said he would fight for me. My insurance company was helpful at first, but then stopped being helpful and cut off my No Fault benefits. Tom was fantastic. He got me my benefits and a great pain and suffering settlement. He and his paralegal Michelle were very businesslike, courteous, helpful, professional - all of the above. Yet they were very down to earth and treated me like a person, not a number. It was really important to me. You have to trust the people you're putting your issues out there. Tom hit a hit home run for me.
Jessica Wilson from Troy
I was the passenger in a car accident and my mom found Michigan Auto Law online. I had medical bills and wanted to know about my rights. I went into it nervous, but when I called and talked to Brandon Hewitt, it wasn't overwhelming. It was more like talking to a friend. He took it upon himself to explain everything and made sure we left knowing what we needed to know. From there we decided to file a lawsuit for my back and shoulder injuries. Tom James was my second lawyer. Again, he was very knowledgeable. He kept at my complicated case, going at it from different angles, finding anything he could to get me the most for my pain and suffering. Everyone at this firm is so welcoming. I never had an issue calling and my needs were always met. If you want to feel like you're important and you're not just another case, I would definitely recommend Michigan Auto Law.
Carolyn from Milford
My husband and I were in a bad car accident. We had never been through a lawsuit before. My husband's friend recommended Tom James and said that he's an excellent attorney. He is a fantastic lawyer and we actually became friends. He was very professional, educated us well on every aspect of the case, even on our own insurance policy. He kept us up to date and abreast of everything continually. After our mediation, the mediator turned to me and said,
Joe Curry from Traverse City
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.
Janice Crater from Belding
I think Mr. Tom James is super! He did a great job and I appreciate it. Tom won my lawsuit from an auto accident. That's why I went to straight to Michigan Auto Law. He worked really hard and fought for me and got what I wanted. I would recommend Tom very highly. I'm very pleased with the outcome.
A.F. from Warren
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.
K.K. from Dearborn
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.
Joie Vawter from Walled Lake
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!
Antoine Woods from Detroit
Tom James and this whole law firm gets the job done. All of the attorneys here are great. Every time I called, Tom made sure he returned my calls same day and I appreciated that. The questions I asked... he had an answer for them. A truck hit my car and I was in some pretty bad shape. Tom got me a settlement that will help me take care of my family. Anybody who gets in an auto accident, I would recommend Michigan Auto Law. They do a good job. They are professional and very helpful.
Michelle Chandler from Lansing
Tom James did a wonderful job for me. I was rear ended by a cata bus and didn't know what my rights were. I didn't know anything about the law. Tom took care of me in that respect. He would talk to me on the phone whenever I had questions until I felt comfortable and understood. The bus accident changed my life. But Tom was able help me through it.
Nadira Barjo from Sterling Heights
I had a very good experience with Michigan Auto Law. I was in a car accident and I wanted a lawyer because if the pain I was in. I have a hard time with my English but it was not a problem. My lawyer always took a lot of time to explain things to me and my family. His name is Tom James. I liked Tom and the way he talked to me. He was very nice and solved all of my problems. Tom and his team were always here for me and I thank them.
Palina Juncaj from Novi
Tom James is very caring and he took care of us. He's very responsible and he wants to make the client happy. Fabulous attorney for car accidents. I'm very pleased with my settlement and the way I was treated.
Valerie Radeback from Monroe
Tom James helped me through a very difficult time
Jeffery Bain from Riverview
Thomas James couldn't have been a better lawyer. He is friendly and personable and really cares about you. He spoke to me on my level instead of giving it to me in the lawyer terms he s probably most accustomed too. He treated me like a friend. I can t say enough about how friendly he is. My lawyer friend was even impressed at how well Tom was able to simplify Things for me. So I was never confused about what was happening. Tom made things happen for me after my car accident.
Tara Smith from Roseville
Everyone was very courteous, very timely and concerned about my case. Tom James is an easy going, to the point attorney. The whole team was very good. I felt like they helped me 100% with me case after my car accident.
Dwayne Rias from Muskegon
I would tell anyone in a car accident to go see lawyer Tom James. I told everybody in my family about this already. Nothing gets past Tom. He made sure the best for me. I couldn't lose my case. I have faith in Tom and left everything in his hands. Whatever he decided would be best for me and my mother after our car accident. My case ended perfectly.
Derinder Allen from Kalamazoo
Everything I went through with Michigan Auto Law was fair. It s a great firm to work with. All of my opinions mattered. My lawyer Tom and his team answered every question I needed answered. I would recommend anybody to come here if they asked me.
Donald Jones from Newberry
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.
S.H. from Kalamazoo
I was hit while crossing the street by a distracted driver on his phone. It changed my whole life. A friend of mine recommended Kevin Seiferheld at Michigan Auto Law and I reached out. Whenever I called Kevin, he called me right back. He took care of me, answered my questions and gave good advice and information. I was happy with the way Kevin represented me during litigation. I knew he was on my side. I tell people about Kevin and what a great lawyer he is all the time. He really helped me during the most difficult time in my life.
Richard Hurt from Detroit
Michigan Auto Law is very efficient. Whenever you call, they will call you before the days end. Tom James is excellent at what he does. You can't ask for better attorneys. I give them all the praise in the world. And they make you fell at home. This is a nice office. From the moment you hit the door you feel comfortable. One other thing about Tom, he looks out for his client's best interests.
JuleAnn Hill from Bay City
You guys take your time and patience to deal with the client. I got to know this firm really well and learn how things in an auto accident work and how they proceed. Tom James is a very nice attorney. I learned a lot from him. He talked everything out with me and always made the comment if you need to know anything, call me. It all worked out really good. I would recommend Tom James.
Charles Squires from Detroit
Michigan Auto Law cares about the injured person. It's not about whether it's an easy case, it's about what's right and what's wrong. Big law firms, like the ones that do commercials, unfortunately don't care about anything but an open and shut case. This firm, on the other hand, is Very caring and understanding. It's about helping the client, not lining their pockets.
Shalitta Stalling from Traverse City
I'm very happy with the way I was treated at Michigan Auto Law. My lawyer Tom James was very concerned and understanding toward my situation. He was always courteous, friendly and welcoming. I liked that about him, because lawyers at other firms seem to be all about the money and can come off as harsh and uncaring. I trust Tom. He is honest. He did a really good job on my case and I would recommend him to my friends and family.
Renee Hartsig from Warren
Michigan Auto Law was really good. They were very nice and very professional. Tom James was very straightforward and very helpful. I am most definitely happy with the results and Tom was great in getting it to me when I needed it. He was a very good lawyer. I tell people all of time.
Frank Magnone from Macomb Township
I like Michigan Auto Law because the attorneys are straight to the point. Tom James would tell me anything I needed to know. He kept me up to date. If I had a question, he would answer it as soon as possible. And they called me back. If they say their going to call, they call. Tom was very understanding, very polite and when he spoke to me, he meant it. There was total trust with this law firm.
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