“For a new client meeting me, I would hope that they would walk away with a belief that they have found a trusted advisor, someone who is experienced, knows the law that applies to their particular case. That they can confide in me, that I am here to help them, share with them, and instruct or educate them and to make the recovery, that’s ultimately what we’re seeking to do.” ~ James Graves

James F. Graves

Jim Graves has enjoyed a successful career dedicated to protecting and representing the people of Michigan and Illinois in various personal injury and wrongful death matters. He is a seasoned and highly-respected advocate who works diligently to ensure his clients’ rights to adequate care and compensation for their injuries.

As a personal injury attorney, Jim’s portfolio of success is one of the most widely varied in the legal profession, from complex aviation wrongful death claims to representing victims of the largest campus sexual assault case in history, to name a few. In fact, in 2020, Leading Lawyers published an article featuring Jim’s vast and ranging personal injury career.

Jim is also a foremost thought-leader on Michigan’s complex auto no-fault insurance, and as such, has handled many hundreds of cases involving motor vehicles, semi-trucks, and motorcycles during his long career. He has also handled serious injury cases involving crashes between snowmobiles and snowmobiles and motor vehicles. With a calm and approachable demeanor, coupled with many years of experience and thorough understanding of the law, Jim is a valuable member of the Sinas Dramis personal injury team and trusted partner to his clients.

In addition to his legal practice, Jim has taught aviation law as an adjunct professor at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and has helped educate law students on the ins-and-outs of pre-trial practice.

Jim enjoys fly fishing and travel and has enjoyed the truly unique experience of camping in Antarctica.

Practice Areas

personal injuryauto accidentssexual assaultairplane accidentsmotorcycle accidentssemi-truck accidentswrongful death

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Email: jimgraves@sinasdramis.com
Phone: 517-394-7500
Toll Free: 866-758-0031

Professional Associations

  • Michigan Association for Justice – Sustaining Member
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN)
  • Ingham County Bar Association – Past President
  • Ingham County Bar Foundation – Fellow, Board Member, and Past President
  • Michigan State Bar Judicial Qualifications Committee
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • John D. Voelker Foundation – Board Member and former Officer
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Illinois
  • Federal Court Bar – Michigan, Illinois


B.B.A., University of Michigan – Business, 1969
J.D., Wayne State University, cum laude, 1972


Michigan, 1972
Illinois, 2010

Awards & Recognition

  • Thomas E. Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award – 2021
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers — 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell — every year since 1997
  • Michigan Super Lawyer — every year since 2006
  • Best Lawyers in America — Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation,  every year since 2006
  • Leading Lawyers —  Peer Selected – every year since 2013
  • ICBA Attorneys 70+ Spotlight — June 2020
  • Leading Lawyers Feature Article — 2020
  • Leader in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly — 2017
  • Top 100 Outstate (Non-Detroit Metro) Lawyer & Top 100 Consumer Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Michigan — 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers — 2013
  • Lansing Personal Injury Litigator of the Year, Best Lawyers in America — 2012
  • Lansing Personal Injury Litigator of the Year, Best Lawyers in America — 2011
  • Leo A. Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award, Ingham County Bar Association — 2004

Speaking Engagements

Unique Aspects of Personal Injury Cases – “WLAJ In the Name of the Law“, 2019

Sharing the Road with Semi-Trucks – “Fox 47 Morning Blend“, 2017

Highway Liability Claims – No-Fault Institute, 2006

Accident Reconstruction Experts – No-Fault Institute, 2003

Third-Party Auto Negligence – Auto Insurance Law and Accident Litigation (conference), 1999

Governmental Immunity – MTLA new Lawyers Section Workshop, 1997

How to File a Case in the Court of Claims – ICBA Lecture Series, 1997


“Toxic Exposure Injuries and Deaths,” ICLE Michigan Causes of Action Formbook, 2009

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