Areas of Practice


James R. Bruinsma


Phone: 616-732-5000
Fax: 616-732-5099

Jim Bruinsma practices civil litigation, with a focus on real estate, financial services, and commercial matters. He has experience representing clients in a broad range of complex lawsuits and appeals. Jim also serves on the firm’s management committee.

Noteworthy matters include:


  • Counsel to developer regarding litigation, development, environmental, conservation, property tax, regulatory, and zoning issues related to purchase and development of $50 million beachfront acreage along Lake Michigan.
  • Counsel to Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation since 1999 in financial services class action matters.
  • Counsel to former Tribal Judge and other professionals in a series of disputes involving issues of Tribal sovereign immunity and enforceability of Tribal contracts after a change in the political control of the Tribe.
  • Board member and Election Law Trainer, Michigan Center for Election Law; served as counsel to a proposed class of Michigan voters, along with Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee in action to protect voting rights in 2008 Presidential Election.

Bar Admission:

  • Michigan, 1993
  • Illinois, 1999


  • Harvard University, J.D., cum laude, 1991
  • University of Michigan, A.B., with highest distinction, 1987



  • LexisNexis Practice Guide: Michigan Real Estate Litigation, “Adverse Possession, Trespass and Nuisance Litigation”
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, “Designing a Successful Surplus Property Disposition Program,” June 8, 2009

Court Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • US District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association


  • Honorable Robert P. Griffin, Michigan Supreme Court, 1991-1993