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James W. Burdick specializes in complex criminal litigation and is widely regarded as a preeminent expert in trials, post-sentencing matters, forfeiture litigation, and in representing health care professionals in criminal licensing, disciplinary, and other administrative matters. Mr. Burdick was a member of the Michigan Board of Medicine for seven years, and has prosecuted and defended cases ranging from murder to money laundering, racketeering to Medicaid and Medicare fraud, and virtually everything in between. He has maintained a widely varied practice involving both state and federal trials and appeals since 1968, and regularly lectures to criminal defense and healthcare groups. Since 1990, Mr. Burdick has been Counsel to the nationally recognized securities, business, personal injury and criminal law litigation firm of Hertz Schram P.C. Mr. Burdick also has extensive experience in habeas corpus and other post-judgement proceedings in state and federal court, as well as appellate and interlocutory proceedings. He has been successful in obtaining freedom for a number of wrongly convicted defendants, some of whom were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

From his representation of the chief suspect in the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance in the 1970s, to his successful defense against first-degree murder charges in the "Jenny Jones Murder Trial," Mr. Burdick is no stranger to high-profile cases, and has received wide acclaim for his efficient mastery of media relations, to the great benefit of his clients.

Because of his unique experience and insights, Mr. Burdick has been tapped as a regular legal analyst for various television stations and shows, and has been a frequent guest on Geraldo, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, HBO Undercover, Dateline NBC  and other national television shows.

Mr. Burdick has been licensed to practice in Michigan since 1968, in California since 1976, in the United States Supreme Court and in federal courts in Michigan, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, New York, Hawaii and others.

He received his Law Degree from the University of Michigan in 1968, and was immediately persuaded to join the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney's Office as an assistant prosecutor, successfully prosecuting hundreds of criminal cases, including special prosecutions and grand jury investigations.

Mr. Burdick is a frequent author and lecturer, and is currently working on an extensive compendium of police, prosecution and judicial excesses, Loss of Innocence: The American System of Injustice.



Practice Areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 50%
  2. Health Care: 50%

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

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    I endorse this lawyer. Jim Burdick has an outstanding record in the field of criminal law. 45 years ago he worked in my office and did an outstanding job. He went on to work in the Wayne County Prosecutors office as an assistant. He left there and went on to private practice where he expanded his State law practice to the Federal arena as well. He is a lawyer that truly cares about his clients and does the best for them under their given circumstances.


    Stephen Losh Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

  • Neil S. Rockind

    I've worked with Jim on many complex and involved cases. He is a fierce and fearless advocate for his clients. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer.


    Neil Rockind Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

1760 S Telegraph Rd Ste 300
Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48302

1760 S Telegraph Rd Ste 300
Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48302



MIActive And In Good Standing196810/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Criminal Defense Attorneys - MichiganSuperLawyers.Com2007
Association NamePosition NameDuration
NORML Legal CommitteeN/A1995 - Present
Sixth Circuit Judicial ConferenceLife Member1995 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Michigan Chapter)N/A1987 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1984 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1976 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1975 - Present
State Bar of MichiganN/A1968 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1968
Wayne State CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1965