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James L. Liggins, Jr.





Michigan State University College of Law, J.D. 2003

University of Michigan, B.A. 1998

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. District Courts

  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan

James Liggins, a former in-house counsel for a major gas and electric utility company, is an experienced litigator.  

He is licensed to practice law in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana and in the federal district courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. 

He has litigated a broad range of complex cases including contract disputes, construction litigation, personal injury defense, premises liability and property and real estate. James also regularly advises clients on business-related matters. Utilizing his experience as a former in-house counsel, he has worked closely with various municipalities in Michigan on issues such as civil and criminal statutes, ordinances and codes, housing code enforcement and property disputes.  

James is passionate about community service and diversity. He serves on various non-profit boards of directors and committees, including the Greater Kalamazoo United Way Campaign Cabinet, the Kalamazoo County Bar Association, the Douglass Community Association and the Greg Jennings Foundation. James is also the founder and past president of the Judge Charles A. Pratt Bar Association, the first minority bar association in his hometown of Kalamazoo. James is a member of the American Bar Association and National Bar Association and a frequent attendee at the NBA Corporate Counsel Conference and Annual Meeting. 

Representative Matters

James is particularly proud of assisting commercial clients in litigation avoidance.


Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Business Litigation 2013

Michigan State University College of Law, All School Trial Advocacy Moot Court Champion; Best Brief Award Fredrick Douglas Moot Court Competition; Student Bar Association, Former President; Wolverine Student Bar Association, Former President

University of Michigan, Michigan Student Assembly Senator; American Mock Trial Association Regional Winner

Professional Activities

State Bar of Michigan Judicial Qualifications Committee, 2017-2020

State Bar of Michigan, Special Committee on Civil Discovery Court Review

American Bar Association, 2015 ABA Construction Law Forum Scholar

National Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Illinois State Bar Association

American Inns of Court (Indianapolis), Former Associate

Kalamazoo County Bar Association, Board Member

The Charles A. Pratt Bar Association, President

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Bronson Healthcare Group, Board of Directors

Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation, Board of Directors

Indianapolis Professional Association, Former President

Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Kalamazoo, 2010-2011

Kalamazoo Central High School Mock Trial, Attorney Coach

Douglass Community Association, Board of Directors

Greater Kalamazoo United Way Campaign, Cabinet Member