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Good afternoon. If you are looking for tenacious representation for an automobile accident injury or if your automobile insurance company has refused to honor your policy, then call me. I focus my entire practice on representing people injured in auto accidents in Michigan.


I began my legal career at the prosecutor's
office in St. Joseph's County, Michigan even before graduating from law
school. After successfully completing the rigorous demands of
"Prosecutor's Boot Camp", I immediately entered the courtroom and began
trying cases. To date, I have taken over 25 cases to trial fighting for
the rights of victims and against those who break the law.

I brings this considerable trial experience to Gursten, Koltonow,
Gursten, Christensen & Raitt, P.C. I joined the firm in 2004 and
continues my fight against those who break the law; however, the
wrongdoers in my current cases are the insurance companies who refuse
to honor their legal obligations to their clients and deny payment of
reasonable and necessary expenses stemming from car accidents.

I earned his Law Degree with Honors from Michigan State University
College of Law. While in law school, I was the Editor-in-chief to the
Journal of Business and Securities Law; captain of three national,
interschool, mock-trial competition teams; president of both the
student chapters of ATLA and MTLA; Dean's list member and I earned
numerous awards for his legal writing including publication of his
article on SEC disclosure requirements. Prior to law school, I earned
his Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Golden Gate
University in San Francisco, CA and an undergraduate accounting degree
from San Jose State University where I was a member of the Beta Alpa
Psi honor society.


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Practice areas


  1. Car Accidents: 50%
  2. Brain Injury: 30%
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
  4. Motorcycle Accident: 10%



Hourly ($300-375/hour)

Payment types:


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  • Jeffrey A. Bussell

    Tom James is an exceptional attorney. He knows the auto laws in Michigan inside out, and he’s not afraid to hold auto insurance companies accountable for mistreating crash victims. Tom has taken multi-million dollar, catastrophic injury and death cases to trial. But he will also take his time to go to bat for small No Fault benefits cases – based on principle alone. Tom has a kind and caring demeanor, and a down-to-earth way of explaining the law to clients so it puts them at ease. He’s a tremendously successful litigator with a great bedside manner.


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Contact info

30101 Northwestern Hwy
Farmington Hills, MI, 48334


MIActive And In Good Standing200511/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyer2013
Justice PacesetterMichigan Trial Lawyers Association2012
Up and Coming LawyerMichigan Lawyers Weekly2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyer2012
PacesetterMichigan Association for Justice2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyer2011
Editor-in-chiefJournal of Business and Securities Law2005
Book AwardMSU College of Law / Civil Trial Advocacy II2004
Dean's ListMSU College of Law2004
Dean's ListMSU College of Law2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial AttorneyGursten, Koltonow, Gursten & Raitt, P.C.2004 - Present
Prosecutor InternState of Michigan2004 - 2004
Legal Research ClerkAB Dalimonte PC2003 - 2004
Research Legal ClerkState of Michigan2003 - 2003
Research Legal ClerkMichigan State University - College of Law2003 - 2003
Manager, Business DevelopmentNetFlip.com2001 - 2002
Manager, Business DevelopmentseeUthere.com2000 - 2001
Director, Strategic AlliancesBpath, Inc. / Hyperbanner1999 - 2000
Manager, Partner RelationsAmerica Online, Inc (AOL)1998 - 1999
AccountantExcite Inc1998 - 1998
AccountantAutomatic Data Processing (ADP)1993 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Michigan Association for JusticeExecutive Board Member2015 - Present
American Association for JusticeExecutive Board - Truck Litigation Group2015 - Present
American Association for JusticeLeaders Forum Patron2015 - Present
American Association for JusticeExecutive Board - Motor Vehicle Section2014 - Present
Michigan State University College of Law - Alumni BoardMember2007 - Present
American Civil Liberties UnionMember2007 - Present
Michigan Asian-Pacific American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
State Bar of MichiganAttorney2005 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2004 - Present
Michigan Association For JusticeMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Anthony G. Broeren and Lisa Broeren v. Roy Bates II$5.65 million verdict on initial offer of $600,000
Williams Butler v State FarmJury verdict in favor of Plaintiff
Conley v LaPlanteSettlement $300,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Michigan State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Golden Gate UniversityEntrepreneurshipM.B.A.2001
San Jose State UniversityAccountingB.S.1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Boardwalk Seminar - Truck Accident Litigation TrackHow to Depose a Truck Driver2015
Big Truck Cases SeminarWinning Truck Wreck Cases: The Big Picture of What Works and What Doesn’t2015
Annual ConventionVoir Dire in Trucking Cases2015
Michigan State University College of LawImportance of volunteering as an attorney2010
Michigan State University College of LawProfessionalism and Ethics2010
MSU LawInterviewing2008
MSU Law classroomTrial Evidence2007
MSU Law classroomTrial Evidence2006
ICLE Solo and Small Practitioner SeminarFirst Party No-Fault Litigation2006