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James D. Wilson


Direct: (313) 983-1234


Jim practices in the areas of insurance coverage, commercial litigation, contract litigation, and commercial transactional law.  He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law.  Wilson earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.  He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1988, has participated in several American Bar Association committees and workshops, and is a frequent speaker at insurance coverage events, including before the Reinsurance Committee of Lloyd’s, London, RIMS, and insurance coverage conferences.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Litigation
  • Contract Development
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Agents and Broker
  • Insurance Coverage
    • Aviation
    • Business Interruption and Time Element
    • Casualty
    • Commercial Crime
    • Cyber
    • Directors and Officers
    • Environmental and Toxic Tort Liability
    • Food Contamination and Recall
    • Products Liability
    • Professional Liability
    • Property
  • University of Michigan, B.A., Political Science, 1977
  • University of Detroit School of Law, J.D., 1987
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Michigan, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1992
Career Highlights
  • $1.7 million recovery for manufacturer accused of slogan and trade dress infringements;
  • $1.2 million recovery for policyholder under computer fraud portion of commercial crime policy;
  • $44 million recovery for pharmaceutical company relating to product liability claims;
  • $300 million recovery for toxic tort claims against food product manufacturer;
  • $2.3 million recovery for trucking company in asbestos claim;
  • $4.6 million recovery for manufacturer arising from claimed copyright infringements;
  • $2.7 million recovery for business interruption claim resulting from furnace explosion;
  • $125 million recovery for time element loss sustained by auto manufacturer;
  • $3.6 million recovery for policyholder against insurance broker; and
  • $20 million recovery for insurance broker against former employees for breach of employment agreements.
  • Lawyers of Distinction, 2018
  •  Martindale-Hubbell
    • AV Preeminent rating, 1992 to present
    • Judicial AV Preeminent, 2015 to present
  • Super Lawyers, 2011 to present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Detroit Economic Club
  • Greater Detroit Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Risk & Insurance Management Society
Community Involvement
  • American Cancer Society
  • Forgotten Harvest
  • Livonia Patriots Baseball
  • St. Patrick Church
  • St. Patrick School
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association
Former Employment
  • Plunkett Cooney, Shareholder, 1987 to 2004
  • Auto Club of Michigan, Claim Representative, 1978 to 1987