James P. Feeney


Named a 2021 “Litigation Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal James P. Feeney, is a trial lawyer with a national reputation. He has represented corporations and individuals in countless high-stakes trials involving both corporations and individuals. He serves as the go-to trial attorney for some of the world's largest companies.

Jim has been recognized for his successes by invitation only trial organizations such as ABOTA, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. During the course of his 50-year career, Jim has been involved in more than 2,500 cases and tried more than 75 cases to verdict. Jim maintains an active trial practice, including five trials to verdict since 2018. “He is one of the premier auto products lawyers, a tremendous trial lawyer,” clients told Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Jim is also ranked as one of the top four attorneys in Michigan in the 2023 edition of the guide.

Jim has defended to verdict five state or national class actions seeking billions of dollars in damages from his clients. He handles trials of high-stakes matters for the automotive industry, media companies, real estate developers, and equipment leasing and insurance companies. Among his most recent successful representations as lead trial counsel are:

  • A defense verdict in a three-week jury trial of a nationwide class action of truck dealers suing an automobile manufacturer for $2 billion for a failure to sell company products at published prices.
  • A $47.3 million verdict in April 2009 against a supplier for recall and warranty costs.
  • A defense verdict in a three-week jury trial of a consumer class action brought against a manufacturer alleging defective seat belts.
  • A defense verdict in a five-week jury trial of a consumer class action brought against a manufacturer alleging defective police vehicles. This verdict was obtained in a jurisdiction the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks as one of the most difficult in the United States.

Jim served as lead defense trial and appellate counsel in the notorious Jenny Jones case, in which he successfully argued on appeal that plaintiffs' verdict ($25 million) had been improperly obtained. The verdict was vacated, and judgment was entered for the defendant. He is featured in the first episode of the 2020 Netflix documentary series Trial by Media. During its opening week, Trial by Media was one of the five most-watched shows on Netflix.

Court TV, “The Today Show,” and “Good Morning America” often call upon Jim to provide commentary and insight on legal decisions, trends, and case strategy.

As gifted a trial lawyer as you'll ever meet, and his performance in the courtroom is very impressive.
Client feedback, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
    • University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude
    • University of Michigan, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa
  • Bar Admissions

    • Michigan, 1971
    • Florida, 2002
    • California, 2002
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
    • Named a Nationwide Leading Lawyer in Product Liability: Automobile and a Michigan Leading Lawyer in Litigation: General Commercial by Chambers USA, 2006-2023

    • Named to Los Angeles Business Journal's "Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Attorneys" List, 2022

    • Named to National Law Journal’s “Litigation Trailblazers” List, 2021

    • Recognized by The Legal 500 United States as a Key Lawyer for Automotive Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Automotive/Transport, 2018-2019, 2021-2023; Native American Law, 2022; Transport: Rail and Road – Litigation and Regulation 2021

    • Recipient of the 2015 Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Excellence in Defense Award
    • Recipient of the 2004 Michigan Trial Lawyer of the Year Award presented by the Michigan Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Personal Injury - Products: Defense, Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense, and Civil Litigation: Defense, 2006-Present
    • Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the areas of Class Action/Mass Tort Defense, Commercial Litigation, Products Liability Defense and Toxic Torts Defense Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2017

    • Named "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America® for Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2021 and 2024

    • Named "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America® for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2020

    • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2005-2024

    • Named Detroit "Lawyer of the Year" for Bet-the-Company Litigation by Best Lawyers® 2014 and 2018
    • Named Detroit "Lawyer of the Year" for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants by Best Lawyers® 2013 and 2018

    • Named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine for Product Liability Litigation, Corporate Law, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation and Arbitration, 2010-2016 and 2018

    • Named a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2020
    • Named to the 2013 BTI Client Service All-Star Team
    • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
    • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate
    • Product Liability Advisory Council, Sustaining Member
    • Oakland County Bar Association, Fellow
    • Michigan, Florida and California Bar Associations

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