Jim has been a passionate and successful legal advocate for over 30 years. He regularly stands up in court and tries cases to verdict before judges, juries, or arbitrators, having done so over 50 times. In courtrooms and adversarial actions throughout Michigan, Jim has prevailed when the stakes were highest. From St. Joseph (West) to Pontiac (East), Cassopolis (south) to Petoskey (North), he has successfully covered Michigan, trying dozens of cases. Jim has tried cases in State and Federal courthouses across the state of Michigan concerning a wide variety of dispute areas. He has also handled matters in other states, including Texas, Illinois and South Carolina.

In the heart of every case is a complete story. From the beginning of every case, Jim works hard to uncover the story so that he can convey it to the judge and jury in a clear and concise manner. He works efficiently throughout the litigation process by staying focused on how to prevail at trial. Jim’s pretrial strategy demonstrates to his adversaries that he is prepared to go to trial.  His track record lets them know he won’t settle for less than you deserve. Jim protects the interests of his clients and is dedicated to serving the needs of those who entrust their legal matters to his care.

Jim is prepared to go the distance to protect your interests and guard your rights. He is a trial lawyer that has pursued work on both sides of the table. Jim spent many years representing insurance companies and now represents injured people. He has decades of trial experience, and has litigated hundreds of cases including  million dollar settlements and verdicts. Jim has obtained defense victories for clients facing multiple million dollar claims and he has secured multiple million dollar awards for plaintiffs.

Having tried cases throughout Michigan, rest assured, Jim is capable of taking your case to verdict in any courtroom. Jim knows how to assist the people in the jury box to think about complicated facts. He takes the time to truly understand the challenge presented. His competitive edge is evident in the way he tirelessly prepares his cases. Jim will not be outworked. He lives and breathes the case making him the perfect advocate. Jim has the skills. experience and judgment to secure courtroom victories.

When you need justice, to protect your rights, your business or your family, contact Jim.

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