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James R. Acho

Wrongful termination Attorney at Livonia, MI

5.0   12 reviews

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James Acho Wikipedia bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Acho 

Licensed for 21 years
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 2001
Updated 10/06/2022

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Cummings, McClorey, Davis, Acho, P.L.C.
17436 College Parkway
Livonia, MI, 48152

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Posted by Chris | June 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
One of the Best...
As a school superintendent victimized by a shady Board of Education, my entire career was in jeopardy. After tinkering with association attorneys, I knew I needed to get serious. After I researched Jim Acho's credentials, I was impressed. He took the time to answer my email personally within 24 hours. He took the time to review my case and invited me down to his office, twice. I was floored and so grateful that he drove on snowy roads until 10 pm at night on the evening the Board and their attorney tried to end my career. They would have succeeded had Jim not been there that evening. A smooth and polished negotiator one moment, and when the situation calls for it, an ABSOLUTE CAGE FIGHTER of an attorney when needed. At the end of the day, my situation ended with being paid in full for a full year, which saves my newly purchased home. Also, Jim looked out for my future, as well, as he caught sneaky tricks their side buried in "legalese", which would have damnified me to future employers. Jim caught this nonsense and DEMANDED reference language for me that will help me land on my feet professionally. At the end of the day, when one is in a legal situation as scary as mine was, the question you need to ask yourself is: "In hindsight, is my life better or worse since my attorney represented me?" Friends, I am here to tell you my life is 100% better after having Jim Acho represent me. You will be making a mistake if you pass him by. One of the reviews written about Jim Acho that led me to reach out to him stated, "A GREAT attorney, and an even better man." I absolutely agree.
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Posted by Isaac | January 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer and an even better guy
Jim has represented me twice. Once in an employment issue and once regarding my NFL pension legacy benefit. I second Mr. Skaldany's comment. Jim has proven himself to be intelligent, a strong work ethic and a man of sincere integrity. Could not recommend him more strongly as a lawyer. A great friend for life.
Posted by Tom Skladany, Columbus OH | July 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Acho is a BEAST on wheels!!!
I have hired Jim as an attorney on multiple matters over the past 10 years. He is probably the smartest, most aggressive sports attorney out there right now and trust me I've met many. It is why I was happy to be one of the retired NFL players who nominated him to run the NFL Players Association. He is not just a sports attorney, he is great at employment cases too, not just for former players but any working stiff who gets a bad break. If you need a bulldog with brains Acho is your guy. He is the last lawyer I will ever use. --Tom
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Posted by Cheryl | June 11, 2015
Amazing service!
My father played in the NFL from 1965-1972. Like most players of his era, dad suffered injuries from substandard equipment and inadequate medical care as a player and years later was ignored by the NFL when those injuries affected him later in life. Until I called Jim Acho. The best move I made was to call the man I refer to as "an angel dressed as the devil." He was able to get the NFL to respond when nobody else could. I see now why the retired players nominated him to run the NFL Players Association (the players made a bad mistake in not electing him!). Jim Acho is a bad man and if you are a former player, well, you already know! But if you are a person with ANY type of legal situation, my advice to you would be to call Jim...you won't regret making that call!
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2012
Very Satisfied Client
Jim recently represented our family on matters relating to an auto accident. He kept us aware of the status of his efforts and fought for us as if he or someone in his family was the injured party. He provided guidance through out, was responsive to our questions and concerns, thoroughly knew the legal and insurance issues and achieved a settlement that exceeded our expectations.
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Posted by Connie, South Lyon MI | May 19, 2012
Amazing Lawyer! Amazing Guy!
I just settled an employment matter yesterday and I am ecstatic and know of no other way to express my gratitude to Mr. Acho then to post a review on the Internet for people to see. I saw THREE lawyers before I saw Mr. Acho and all three said I had NO CASE. They disregarded me like I was an insignificant nothing. I was already depressed over being wrongfully terminated and now on top of it lawyers are telling me I had no case. I has worked in a specialized field for more than 23 years and I knew finding another job making the same money I had been in the only field I have known since I graduated from college was very doubtful. I became very depressed and in a matter of weeks my entire life was in shambles. My children were worried about me, my husband and I had serious marital problems as a result. For weeks I did internet research for employment lawyers and made what felt like 100 phone calls. The law firms have people "screening" calls. The only lawyer who agreed to meet with me after calling me back directly and not "screening" my call was Mr. Jim Acho. God truly blessed me that day. I actually went on this very website before I met him in person and thought maybe his relatives were leaving the reviews on here they were so flattering. But I found out first hand it's all true. He is AMAZING! He is such a compassionate man and will fight for you. He is very blunt and direct but only so you focus on the minusses and plusses of your case. He always answered my calls. He always took time to listen to me vent. He was part psychologist and part lawyer for me. He even sent my husband and I a dinner for two card out of the blue because he knew we needed a night out together. He always made me laugh when I was down too (have him do his "Scarface" impression for you) and is truly one of the kindest-hearted people I have ever met. My husband and I are going this morning to look at new cars because I have a very nice check on the way. It's not an enormous amount of money, but it is enough to let us buy a new car that we desperately need, take a family trip to Disney (which my kids are on cloud nine about!), pay some outstanding credit card debt and basically move forward with my life. Now I feel like I am vindicated and am worth something! That's worth more to me than the money. My life has literally gone from drab and dreary to one of peace and optimism because of this man. The only way I can pay him back is to say HIRE THIS MAN! God bless you Mr. Acho, my family and I cannot thank you enough, and I'll never forget you! Connie
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Posted by Terrie | February 4, 2012
One of the rare and hard to find Good Guys
Jim is a very knowledgable lawyer with not just expert legal skills but very good people skills too. He genuinely cares about wrongs being righted. My case wasn't a high profile case like the majority of cases he handles but he treated my case with the same diligence and tenacity that you would expect with a big "money maker" case. He listened to what I had to say and always returned any phone calls or emails right away. He treated me with great respect. When it comes to finding a good lawyer...Jim Acho is the golden needle in a haystack.
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Posted by Timothy Lauretti | December 22, 2009
Attorney Jim Acho
I had been to several Attorney's prior to hiring Jim looking for someone to represent me in my lawsuit for wrongful termination. In my quest to several other Attorney's who did not think I had a case at all, I got very discouraged. Jim was positive from the start and stayed the course all the way until settlement. Jim settled my case for an acceptable amount of money. For anyone looking for an honest hard working Attorney, I would highly recommend Jim Acho.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2009
Look No Further For A Superior Attorney!
Attorney Acho is undoubtedly one the best lawyers in the midwest under the age of 40. I have had to utilize the legal services of two other attorneys in the past, both with legal experience of 30+ years each and who supposedly are considered to be the best in their respective areas of practice. Neither one of the two previous lawyers can compare with the legal skill set and ability of Attorney Acho. What strongly impressed me was Mr. Acho's (1) extraordinary diligence, perseverance and passion in advocating on behalf of his client, (2) superior command of the law and awareness of legal issues affecting his client's case, and (3) unique ability to quickly hone in on minute but critical details. I never had to call Attorney Acho to get a status check on my case, because he regularly kept me informed, even with his demanding schedule. I was more than satisfied with his legal services and I am very appreciative and thankful for him.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2009
James Acho is a brilliant attorney, who can change your opinion of the legal profession
Jim Acho is an amazing young attorney. He helped me with a contractual problem that was making my life miserable. His kindness and understanding gave me the guidance and help I needed. He handled the situation with ease and inner confidence....not big ego and arrogance. All parties were treated fairly and with respect. I consider myself very fortunate to have him represent me. He has proven to me that all those 'lawyer jokes' are way off base, at least about him. Jim Acho has my respect and gratitude.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2009
business owner
I own an insurance company in Livonia, Mi., and have dealt with Cummings, McClorey, Davis, and Acho, and more particularly James Acho for many years. Jim is a very hard working and trust worthy attorney, and believe me that is hard to find. He answers my questions promptly and always tries to minimize my costs. I would recommend Jim and his firm to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2009
Kenny Lindsay, Auctioneer & Personal Property Appraiser
It is a genuine pleasure and honor for me to recommend James R. Acho. James has represented me on a number of occasions and has never under achieved our expectations. Mr. Acho is aggressive but fair. Furthermore, he does not take the long road to a resolution but gets straight to the point though his keen negotiation skills. It should also be noted that Mr. Acho is well organized. He has a knack for recognizing and eliminating unnecessary fees. Most importantly, I have complete confidence and trust in James as a competent attorney. In closing, let me say I have no hesitation in recommending the professional legal services of James R. Acho at CMDA in Livonia, Michigan. Should you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Sincerely, Ken Lindsay, CAI President/CEO American Eagle Auction & Appraisal Company, LLC www.AEauctions.com [content removed]
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner (2015); Associate (2000-2015)
  • Cummings McClorey Davis & Acho
  • 2000 - Present

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • St. Francis College, Ft. Wayne, IN
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • Ernie Fazio & Al Moran, et al v Major League Baseball and Bug Selig, et al
  • After nearly a decade, MLB agreed to pay the class of retired MLB players represented by James Acho $10,000 per man for two years in recognition of their efforts in growing the national pastime. (See case details below)

Associations

  • NFL Alumni Association
  • General Counsel
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • MI Assoc Of Justice (formerly MTLA)
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Chaldean American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Chaldean American Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Chaldean American Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2003 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney
  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney
  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top Rated Employmen Law Attorney
  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Sports Lawyers In America
  • New York Times
  • 2014
  • Best Sports Lawyer In Metro Detroit
  • DBusiness Magazine
  • 2013
  • Federal Court Pro Bono Award Multi-Time Recipient
  • United States District Court, Detroit, MI
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • NBC Sports/ Pro Football Talk; NFL Network/Sirius XM NFL Radio;
  • NFL Players Association Election and Retired Players Isues (Benefits, Concussions, etc)
  • 2015
  • ESPN Radio (Interviewed on 20+ affiliates nationally)
  • NFL Players Association Election and Retired Players Isues (Benefits, Concussions, etc)
  • 2015
  • CBS Sports Radio; Jim Rome Show
  • NFL Players Association Election and Retired Players Isues (Benefits, Concussions, etc)
  • 2015
  • WJR (Frank Beckmann Show), WWJ, ESPN, CBS Sports Radio, Yahoo Sports Radio
  • NCAA College Athletes Unionizing
  • 2014
  • CNN, NY Times, L.A. Times, Det. Free Press, Det. News, Chi. Sun Times, USA Today, The Sporting News
  • For 15 Years Have Disccused MLB Pension Lawsuit/NFL Benefits Issues In Print & Radio/TV
  • 2002
  • Presentations To Multiple Police Departments In Metro Detroit On Updates In The Law/Litigation Avoidance Since 2000--Present Day
  • Police Litigation (Defense)
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (7)
Constitutional Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I enthusiastically endorse Attorney James Acho for civil litigation-related cases. James represented the defendants in a civil action I filed on behalf of my client in federal court--which went to jury trial. James was professional at all times, and he aggressively and intelligently advocated for the interests of his clients. It seems like I was dealing with a motion every other week--for two years--that James filed to vigorously advocate for the interests of his clients. A lot of my practice is in the area of civil litigation, and James is easily in the top five percent of lawyers I've gone up against. If you need an intelligent and aggressive attorney to represent you in court, James is the one you want. Period."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim Acho is one of the hardest working attorneys I have ever met. He truly cares about each client he represents no matter how small the case. If I needed legal representation, I would feel confident hiring Jim."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Jim. I have handled multiple cases with Jim as opposing counsel. I can personally attest to the high caliber of his work and dedication to his clients' legal interests. He is an absolute professional and an extremely skilled litigator. I would highly recommend Jim to anyone seeking legal representation."
Civil rights Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent skills and professional in every way"
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is the lawyer to hire for any and all employment matters. He is a pit bull who works tirelessly for his clients. Very accomplished and seasoned lawyer!"
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim Acho is an exceptional attorney, advocate, and ambassador of the legal profession. First and foremost, Jim acts in accordance with the contention that the practice of law is truly a service profession, which is evidenced by his commitment to secure the most favorable results for his clients. Jim's vigor and tenacious pursuit to preserve and/or vindicate his clients' legal rights, is only tempered by his compassion and empathy. Not only does Jim provide innovative and diligent legal services to his clients, but he also is committed to advancing the reputation and esteem of the legal profession. Through both pro bono pursuits and the mentoring of young attorneys, Jim continually strives to give back to his community. I am confident that Jim provides stellar legal representation. I have previously recommend and continue to recommend Jim Acho without reservation."
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Livonia Wrongful termination Lawyer James R. Acho
James R. Acho
Wrongful termination Attorney
Livonia, MI
Licensed for 21 years