Monday Profile: James Fraser

James Fraser is a principal with Faupel, Fraser & Fessler in Ann Arbor. His focus is employment, real estate, business, and construction law, and general civil litigation.

Fraser earned a degree in political science from the University of Michigan in 1993, and a law degree from Wayne State University Law School four years later.

In 2010, he was selected for inclusion in the Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars (real estate).

Residence: Scio Township

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I am perfectly happy when I am stress-free, which is rare but does happen.

What is your greatest fear?

That something bad happens to my family.

What is the trait you hate most in yourself?

Lack of introspection, emotion.

What is the trait you hate most in others? Greed.

Necessary extravagance?

A second HDTV in our house. The old TV it replaced worked fine, but I just had to have another one of these things. Can't watch football without HD.

What is your most treasured possession?

I have a few, but I would have to say my boat. It's a 16.5 ft bowrider. It's not the prettiest, but I spent a fair amount of time working on it and getting it running. I take some pride in the fact that it runs well now when it didn't run at all when I got it. My wife calls it my "girlfriend."

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I was better at math. I wanted to be a physics major but calculus was kind of a wall for me.

Greatest achievement:

Having two great kids. That was the easiest question on here.

Favorite movie:

Godfather Part II. I like the sequel slightly more than the original.

Favorite drink:

In general: Gatorade - orange or lemon-lime. Runner up: an Arnold Palmer. Adult drink: Tequila. Must be 100% Blue Agave (Patron, 1800, etc.)

Who is your favorite character of fiction?

Homer Simpson. Seriously. This guy cracks me up.

Favorite place to shop:

Cabela's. I can last about 1 hour in that place before I get completely overwhelmed. I also love looking at the huge trout that swim around in the ponds inside the store.

Where would you like to be when you're 90?

Someplace where the fishing is good and my wife is still with me.

Published: Mon, Jan 30, 2012

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