James F. Graves received his bachelor’s degree from theUniversity of Michigan and his law degree from Wayne State University Law School. He has served as President of the Ingham County Bar Association and the Ingham County Bar Foundation. He is also a past Regional Chair of the State Bar of Michigan Access to Justice Fund and a past member of the State Bar Judicial Qualifications Committee.
During his many years of law practice, Mr. Graves has received numerous honors. Most recently, he was named a "Leading Personal Injury Plaintiff's Lawyer" in both 2013 and 2014 by Leading Lawyers. He has been recognized in every edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" since 2006. In addition, that same publication recognized Mr. Graves as the"Lansing Personal Injury Litigator of the Year" for two consecutive years. Mr. Graves has also been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association in "Top 100 Trial Lawyers"in the field of personal injury law.
Mr. Graves has also co-authored the “Toxic Torts” section of the Michigan Causes of Action Handbook, published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). He serves as Vice-President and Board Member of the John D. Voelker Foundation, a non-profit organization established to honor former Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker, also known by his pen name, Robert Traver, and author of “Anatomy of a Murder.” Mr. Graves is admitted to practice law in the states of Michigan and Illinois.