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James Allen McGrail

James Allen McGrail

also known as James A. McGrail, Jim McGrail

About me

The legal system can intimidate and overwhelm anyone - I'm here to help find the answers and create the solutions you need.  Don't let yourself get buried in details.  Contact me instead.  Remember, Law doesn't have to be scary!


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Practice areas


  1. State, Local And Municipal Law: 40%
    14 years
  2. Wills & Living Wills: 15%
    12 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
    12 years
  4. Divorce & Separation: 15%
    14 years
  5. Personal Injury: 15%
    14 years



Hourly ($150-225/hour), contingent (33%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

McGrail Law Office

11255 Hall Road, Suite 101
Utica, MI, 48317


MIActive And In Good Standing200111/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
City Attorney ContractCity of Utica2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerMcGrail Law Offices2005 - Present
City AttorneyCity Of Utica2003 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorBaker College2010 - 2012
AttorneyLaw Offices of Robert S Vickrey2003 - 2005
Associate AttorneyVarnum Riddering Schmidt & Howlett2001 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Macomb County Ethics BoardSecretary and Board Member2014 - Present
National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE)Committee Member2010 - Present
Boy Scouts of AmericaCub master2008 - 2013
Michigan Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sessa, et al v. Harrison TownshipThe Michigan Supreme Court confirmed the Township properly utilized PA 33 to fund police and fire
City of Utica v AnonSuccessful closed a public nuisance massage parlor.
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Publication nameTitleDate
C and G NewspaperCity of Utica Builds Minor League Ballpark2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Michigan State UniversityPolitical Theory and Constitutional DemocracyBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Utica High SchoolN/AN/A1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
City of UticaLights and Sirens for Emergency Response2005