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James S. Brady Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1969

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U. S. Supreme Court


University of Notre Dame, J.D.

Western Michigan University, B.S.

James S. Brady is a member of the Firm's Grand Rapids office and a former leader of the Firm's national Government Investigations and Corporate Compliance practice area. His practice is concentrated in the areas business and commercial litigation, white collar investigations, criminal law, health care fraud and environmental and energy law. He represents clients from various business entities, executives, medical professionals and other individuals in criminal matters involving a wide array of corporate, government and individual crimes.

Mr. Brady served as a U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan for four years. He was involved in prosecuting white-collar criminal matters involving fraud, embezzlement, grand jury investigations, money laundering and counterfeiting. He has worked extensively on white-collar criminal matters in the areas of health care, environment, governmental agencies, tax and others.

A former adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, he has lectured for the National Trial Lawyers Association, the University of Michigan Law School and ICLE. Mr. Brady is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" for First Amendment law, business litigation, commercial litigation, criminal defense, non-white-collar criminal defense, and white-collar criminal defense. He is also listed in "Who's Who in America" and is recognized as a Michigan "Super Lawyer" for criminal defense. Prior to joining Dykema, he was Chair of the Criminal Law Group at the Miller Johnson law firm.

Memberships & Involvement

  • Federal Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan, Judicial Crossroads Task Force
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys
  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • American Inns of Court
  • Western Michigan University Foundation, Member Board of Directors, 2010-11

Community/Civic Activities

  • Emmanuel Hospice, Chairman
  • St. Ann’s Skilled Nursing Home, Board Member and Former Chairman
  • Catholic Charities West Michigan, Board Member

Recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award at Western Michigan University

Recipient of the Marion Hilligan Award from Western Michigan University's Cooley Law School, 2015

Named a "Lawyer of the Year" in Grand Rapids for Criminal Defense - Non-White-Collar by Best Lawyers® for 2015

Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company

Received Donald R. Worsfold Distinguished Service Award from the Grand Rapids Bar Association, 2009

Recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a "2009 Leader in the Law"

Honored with the St. Thomas More Award by the Catholic Lawyers Association of Western Michigan, 2008

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation Defense, 2006-Present

Outstanding Young Man in Grand Rapids, 1979

Listed in Who's Who in America

Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2003-Present for multiple practice areas. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell