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“Everyone deserves to be treated fairly no matter where they’re from, no matter their education, no matter their background. If they have had some aspect of their health or their independence taken from them, there’s nothing more important than standing up for them.” ~ Tom Sinas

Thomas G. Sinas

Tom Sinas is a trial lawyer who has spent his career serving the public and advocating for the injured. As a partner at Sinas Dramis Law Firm, he manages the firm’s downtown Grand Rapids office and is dedicated to serving his home community of West Michigan.

While Tom’s expertise is far-reaching, he focuses his practice primarily on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, auto negligence cases, and Michigan auto no-fault law. In particular, he helps ensure individuals involved in Grand Rapids car accidents are on a level playing field with the insurance companies on the other side of a case. Over the years, Tom has acquired a unique skillset working with those suffering from spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

A tenacious and compassionate attorney, Tom has acquired an outstanding reputation in West Michigan and beyond. In 2020, he was both the youngest and the only West Michigan attorney named a “Top 10 Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Lawyer” in Michigan by Leading Lawyers. In 2021, Tom was voted the “Best Personal Injury Attorney in Grand Rapids” by readers of the Grand Rapids Magazine and Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Tom’s journey to his current position gave him opportunities to develop a unique perspective on being a lawyer.

“I grew up not only as the son and grandson of leaders of this law firm, but also surrounded by many of the lawyers with whom I now have the privilege of working alongside. Those lawyers taught me two key lessons: first, there is nothing more valuable than one’s good health, and, second, there is no greater privilege as a lawyer than advocating for those whose good health has been taken from them.”

But Tom’s first professional pursuit was not law – it was music. He started playing guitar at age 7 and ultimately attended the University of Michigan where he earned degrees in Economics and Jazz Studies. Tom later came to understand the transcendent nature of that education.

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“My training as a musician was as important as my education in law school. My music mentors taught me two rules that inform everything I do now as a lawyer: first, there is no substitute for thorough preparation, and, second, those who excel at any craft are those who constantly seek to improve their skills.” 

Tom obtained his law degree from University of Minnesota Law School, graduating magna cum laude. After law school, Tom practiced with a national law firm in Minneapolis, where he represented catastrophically injured individuals and their families. He was then selected to join Minnesota’s premier state prosecution office on a special assignment to prosecute complex financial crimes. In 2013, Tom and his family returned to Michigan to continue the proud tradition of Sinas Dramis Law Firm, which was founded by his grandfather in 1951. Tom, his wife, and two children settled in the Grand Rapids’ historic Heritage Hill neighborhood, and Tom formally opened the firm’s downtown Grand Rapids office. He has tried to verdict civil and criminal cases in several Midwestern states, facilitated multiple million-dollar settlements, and lectured and authored numerous articles on trial practice and substantive law.

Connect with Tom Sinas


Email: tomsinas@sinasdramis.com
Phone: 616-301-3333
Toll Free: 866-758-0031

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Tom is committed to serving the West Michigan community both in and out of the courtroom. He regularly appears on Fox 17’s “Know the Law,” where he discusses legal issues that affect Grand Rapids residents, such as auto no-fault insurance coverage and the dangers of distracted driving. Each year, Tom and his staff coordinate Grand Rapids “Lids for Kids” – a free bicycle helmet fitting and giveaway event. Tom also serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors at the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI), and he has held leadership positions at the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the Kent County Legal Assistance Center. In 2019, Tom won a contested State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners position and will serve West Michigan in this role through 2022.

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Media Appearances and Interviews

While Tom’s expertise extends throughout the state, he is particularly committed to and involved in the communities of West Michigan where he primarily works and lives.  
 
For several years, he has appeared weekly on Fox 17 on a special segment dedicated to legal topics called “Know the Law.”  

All “Know the Law” episodes can be found here.  

A few of Tom’s other recent media appearances and interviews:

Michigan personal injury lawyer says new auto insurance law may not save money (2020) – Tom Sinas was interviewed by WZZM 13 and says the cost savings of so-called auto insurance rate reduction following the 2019 reform to Michigan’s auto insurance law remains to be seen. 

Law Firm Holds Events to Give Kids Free Bike Helmets (2019) – Up North Live featured Traverse City Lids for Kids and interviewed Tom Sinas. 

The No-Fault Reality Tour (2019) – Tom was interviewed by the Steve Gruber Show to weigh in on Michigan’s new no-fault law and discuss the man benefits Michigan residents lost as a result of the reform. 

WKTV Journal In Focus Interview (2018) – Tom discussed the Legal Assistance Center in Grand Rapids, as well as his career as a West Michigan personal injury attorney. 

5th Annual Lids for Kids (2018) – Fox 17 interviewed Tom Sinas regarding our firm’s 5th annual bicycle helmet giveaway in Grand Rapids. 

MSP: Chase That Ended in Fatal Crash was Justified (2017) – following a local police chase fatality accident, Fox 17 interviewed Tom Sinas regarding the legal rights of injured innocent bystanders in these situations. 

Beware of Clause that Cuts Insurance Benefits (2016) – WoodTV 8 interviewed Tom Sinas, focusing on the dangerous nature of step-down clauses in auto insurance policies which could prevent families from collecting the full payout of their policy. 

Sinas Dramis Law Firm: History & Philosophy (2016) — Tom Sinas talked with FOX 17 about the history and philosophy of the Sinas Dramis Law Firm, founded in Lansing by Tom’s grandfather in 1951. 

City of Grand Rapids Won’t Regular or License Uber Drivers  (2014) – Fox 17 interviewed Tom Sinas after Uber services became available in Grand Rapids regarding the legal ramifications of being in a car accident in one of these rideshare vehicles.  

Michigan Affordable Health Care Act (2014) - WGVU TV interviewed Tom Sinas to discuss the new era created by the Affordable Care Act and coordinated auto insurance policies for those injured in motor vehicle accidents.  

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan – Board of Commissioners, 2019 – 2022
  • Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) – Board of Directors, 2015 – present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association – Former Trustee
  • Legal Assistance Center – Past President
  • Justice Foundation of West Michigan – Past Committee Member
  • Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN) – Associate General Counsel
  • Michigan Association for Justice – Member
  • State Bar of Michigan

Education

B.A., University of Michigan – Economics, 2001
B.F.A, University of Michigan – Jazz Studies, 2001
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 2006

Admissions

Michigan, 2013
Minnesota, 2006

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Personal Injury Attorney in Grand Rapids – Grand Rapids Magazine – 2021
  • Top 10 Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Lawyer – Leading Lawyers – 2020
  • Grand Rapids Top Lawyers – Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Business Journal – 2019, 2020
  • Michigan Super Lawyers – 2019, 2020
  • Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Star” – 2015 – 2018
  • Leading Lawyers, Peer Selected – 2018 – 2020
  • “Up & Coming Lawyer”, Michigan Lawyers Weekly – 2016
  • “Prevention Award”, Brain Injury Association of Michigan – 2016
  • Clients’ Choice Award, AVVO – 2014-2016
  • Excellence Award, American Association for Justice, New Lawyers Division – 2008
  • Best Brief Award, University of Minnesota Law School – 2004

Speaking Engagements

2021

No-Fault PIP Choice Options – MBIPC Auto No-Fault Boot Camp, January 2021

2020

2020 Changes to Michigan’s Auto Insurance Law” – virtual event cohosted with The Reno Agency, June 2020
“Michigan’s New Auto Insurance Law: The Bottom Line, Town Hall with CPAN, March 2020
Auto No-Fault Presentation, Grand Rapids Round Table, March 2020

2019

“Michigan No-Fault Reform: Understanding the Controversy,” People’s Law School
“The Current State of Auto No-Fault Insurance,” BIAMI Fall Conference

“Auto-Owners v. Compass Health,” MBIPC Bootcamp
Auto No-Fault Presentation – shared changes to the state’s no-fault law to Teter Orthotics and Prosthetics Inc.
Auto No-Fault Presentation – explained the new no-fault law to members of CPAN
“Peace at Last? Third-Party Auto 2019 Update,” ICLE No-Fault Summit

2018

“Development and Trial of a Negligent Entrustment Case,” Michigan Association for Justice No-Fault Institute
Personal Injury Damages,” National Association for Legal Assistants Webinar
“Covenant: One Year Later,” Michigan Adjusters Association
“Escape from Litigation Island,” Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault Annual Meeting
The Ongoing Impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Admire v Auto-Owners,” Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council 3rd Annual Auto No-Fault Boot Camp
Workshop on Provider Litigation in the Post-Covenant World,”  Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council 3rd Annual Auto No-Fault Boot Camp
Third-Party Threshold Litigation,” Institute for Continuing Education No-Fault Institute

2017

“How Does Covenant Affect Existing Provider Cases?” Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council 2nd Annual Auto No-Fault Boot Camp
“Provider v. Patient Lawsuits: What Are the Rules?” Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council 2nd Annual Auto No-Fault Boot Camp
“Third-Party Threshold Litigation,” Institute for Continuing Litigation 4th Annual No-Fault Summit

2016

“Proving Life Impact in Threshold Cases: Judicial References and Medical Research,” MAJ No-Fault Institute
“Uber and Other Ridesharing Services,” MAJ No-Fault Institute
“The Enemy Within: Third-Party Mini Update,” Michigan Association for Justice Annual Meeting
“Multiple Threats: Auto No-Fault Law Update,” 31st Annual Western Michigan Brain Injury Network Symposium
“Michigan Auto No-Fault for Medical Professionals,” Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Spinal Cord Symposium
“Third-Party Threshold Litigation,” 3rd Annual No-Fault Summit (ICLE)
The Dire Consequences of D Insurance (SB 288) – 31st Annual Western Michigan Brain Injury

2015

Intersection: The Sharing Economy and the Law,” NALS Membership Meeting
Overview of the Michigan No-Fault Law,” MANS Meeting 2015: Navigating a Changing Neurosurgical Landscape
“Auto No-Fault Update,” CPAN Town Hall
“Auto Law 101,” CPAN Advocacy Training Workshop
“Preparing the Medical Professional for a Deposition,” Brain Injury Association of Michigan 2015 Legal Conference

2014

“Rules of the Road: Michigan Auto Law,” People’s Law School
“Admire v. Auto-Owners Ins. Co.,” Michigan Supreme Court Judicial Conference
“The Admire Problem,” Michigan Association for Justice
“Auto Law 101 and Pending No-Fault Legislation,” Mary Free Bed Patient Advocate Advisory Council
“A Legal Analysis of the Admire Problem,” CPAN Admire III Workshop
“Auto Law 101,” “Let Our Voices be Heard” CPAN workshop

2013

“Criminal Law,” People’s Law School
“Racketeering Forfeiture,” Financial Crime Training
“Beyond Admire: Recent Court of Appeals Decisions Regarding the Everyday Living Needs of Catastrophically Injured,” CPAN: Admire II Workshop

2012

“Mortgage and Real Estate Fraud,” Minnesota Sheriff’s Association/Law Enforcement Training Service

2009

“To Answer or Not to Answer: Legal Arguments for and Against Requiring the Jury to Answer the Damage Question,” Minnesota Association for Justice Annual Convention

2008

“Going Back in Time: Using the Internet Archive,” American Association for Justice Mid-Year Convention

Publications

2021

RIP, Bahri – You Will Not Be Missed – Grand Rapids Lawyer, March – April

New Auto Insurance Liability Limits, New Complexities – Grand Rapids Lawyer, January – February

2020

Motorcycles, Company Cars, and the No-Fault “Choice” Fallacy – Grand Rapids Lawyer
Protecting the Injured: A Summary Guide to the New Auto No-Fault Law” – co-authored with George Sinas and Stephen Sinas, this brochure is an essential resource to those injured in Michigan motor vehicle accidents
Court System, Meet the No-Fault Choice Mess – Grand Rapids Lawyer
The Intersection of Grunge Rock and Auto Liability Threshold Law – Grand Rapids Lawyers
Making Smart Choices: A Summary Guide to the New Auto No-Fault Law” – co-authored with George Sinas and Stephen Sinas, an in-depth guide to consumer choices under the 2019 reformed auto no-fault law
Out of State But Not Out of Mind – Grand Rapids Lawyer
The End of Psychological Exams by No-Fault Insurers – Grand Rapids Lawyer

2019

Navigating the Chaos: The New No-Fault Legislation – co-authored with George Sinas and Stephen Sinas
When Chaos Devolves into Anarchy: the Hot Mess of Public Acts 21 and 22 – Grand Rapids Lawyer
You’re Either In or You’re Out: Determining Dependency in Survivor’s Loss Claims – Grand Rapids Lawyer
Auto No-Fault Threshold: Peace At Last? – Grand Rapids Lawyer
Remembering Your No-Fault Priorities – Grand Rapids Lawyer
Don’t Be Fooled by the Insurance Industry’s Shiny Objects – Grand Rapids Business Journal
Remembering Your No-Fault Priorities – Grand Rapids Lawyer

2018

Michigan’s Quirky Expert Deposition Rules, Grand Rapids Lawyer
Notice of a No-Fault Claim: Michigan Supreme Court Chooses Simplicity over Complexity, Grand Rapids Lawyer
New Stirrings in Auto Threshold Law, Grand Rapids Lawyer
Michigan Supreme Court: Insurers Have No Absolute Right to Rescission, Grand Rapids Lawyer
Res Ipsa and Spoliation: A Dangerous Combination, Grand Rapids Lawyer
Written Notice and Statutes of Limitations, Michigan Civil Procedure, Second Edition

2017

Excess Economic Loss in Auto Liability Cases: Remembering the Fundamentals, Grand Rapids Lawyer
Covenant Medical Center v. State Farm: A Sea Change in Michigan’s Auto No-Fault System, Grand Rapids Lawyer
A Midwestern Traveler’s Thoughts on Jury Selection Logistics, Grand Rapids Lawyer
Understanding the Whole Injury, Innovative Health Magazine
Yes, there is a Threshold–And It’s Working, Grand Rapids Lawyer
Adverse Medical Examinations in Personal Injury Cases: Following the Rules, Grand Rapids Lawyer

2016

Kalamazoo shootings should put brakes on Uber’s legislative agenda in Lansing, Bridge Magazine
A New Lifeboat for Medical Providers Adrift in the No-Fault Sea, Grand Rapids Lawyer
A New Frontier in the Wild West of ERISA Litigation, Grand Rapids Lawyer
A Stitch in Time: Supreme Court Softens the One-Year Notice Rule in PIP Cases, Grand Rapids Lawyer
You Are What You Plead: Michigan Supreme Court Clarifies District Courts’ Subject Matter Jurisdiction, Grand Rapids Lawyer
Reasonable Proof: It’s Simpler than You Think, Grand Rapids Lawyer
Beware of the Family ‘Step-Down’ Auto Insurance Clause, Michigan Lawyers Weekly

2015

Abuse of no-fault law happens on both sides, hurts victims, Bridge Magazine
Auto no-fault reform is anti-jobs, anti-free market, anti-Michigan, Grand Rapids Business Journal
When Publication Leads to Clarification, Grand Rapids Lawyer
The Michigan Auto No-Fault Law: Your Rights & Benefits, 8th edition (co-authored with George Sinas and Stephen Sinas)
Michigan Supreme Court Affirm Mind-Body Connection – Grand Rapids Lawyer
Don’t Overlook the Intentional Auto Tort – Grand Rapids Lawyer
Standing Strong: Michigan Court of Appeals Affirms Medical Providers’ Rights to Sue No-Fault Insurers – Grand Rapids Lawyer

2014

There’s One Important Question Left Out of Grand Rapids’ Airbnb Discussion, The Grand Rapids Press/MLive
Uber Raises Public Safety Concerns, Lansing State Journal
A Quick Guide to Michigan No-Fault Law (co-authored with George Sinas)
A Judicially-Created Disqualification from No-Fault Benefits – Grand Rapids Lawyer
A New Trap for the Unwary No-Fault Lawyer – Grand Rapids Lawyer

2013

“Texts, Lies, and Identity Theft: Prosecuting Complex Financial Fraud with Minnesota’s Racketeering Statute”, William Mitchel Law Review

2010

Professionalism in Medicine: A Case-Based Guide for Medical Students (book), contributing author
Damages Questions on the Special Verdict Form, Journal of Minnesota Association for Justice

2008

Using the Internet Archive to Investigate and Strengthen Your Case, Journal of Minnesota Association for Justice