Graves recognized as a 'Leader In The Law'


Lansing personal injury attorney James F. Graves has been named a 2017 “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

A partner at the Sinas Dramis Law Firm in Lansing, Graves focuses his practice on plaintiffs’ personal injury, wrongful death and auto no-fault law. He also devotes a portion of his practice to claims involving highway defect and construction zone negligence, governmental liability and nursing home abuse.

Graves has served as president of the Ingham County Bar Association and the Ingham County Bar Foundation, and currently serves as a Foundation board member.

He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) and the Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN). He is a past regional chair of the State Bar of Michigan Access to Justice Fund and a former member of the State Bar Judicial Qualifications Committee.

He also co-authored the “Toxic Torts” section of the Michigan Causes of Action Handbook, published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).

In 2004, Graves received the “Leo A. Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award” from the ICBA. He has been recognized as a “Leading Personal Injury Plaintiff’s Lawyer” by Leading Lawyers each year since 2013, and has been named in every edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” since 2006, with that same publication recognizing him as the “Lansing Personal Injury Litigator of the Year” for two consecutive years. In addition, the

National Trial Lawyers Association has named him one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” in personal injury law each year since 2011.

Graves has served as vice-president, and is currently a board member, of the John D. Voelker Foundation, a non-profit organization established to honor former Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker, who authored Anatomy of a Murder.

A graduate of Wayne State University Law School, Graves is admitted to practice in both Michigan and Illinois.