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James R. Case Member

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

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
  • U.S. Supreme Court


St. John's University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1980

Colgate University, B.A., 1977

James R. Case is a member in Dykema's Detroit office. His practice focuses on commercial, contract, construction, and surety law.

In his construction practice, Jim provides representation for numerous design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, owners, and suppliers in a wide range of business matters, including defense and prosecution of claims relating to damages for delay, differing site conditions, construction change directives, owner interference, design errors/omissions, and contract interpretation in connection with public and private construction projects (commercial, institutional, and industrial). In his surety practice, Jim represents sureties in large and small matters including defaults, litigation, and claims against performance and payment bonds.

Jim serves on the American Arbitration Association's National Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators, and the American Arbitration Association's Large, Complex Case Panel. As a mediator/arbitrator, Jim employs prompt and effective methods of dispute resolution. He has served on numerous arbitration and mediation panels since 1988 and regularly attends alternative dispute resolution continuing education and training. He has mediated and arbitrated construction cases involving delay damages, failure to perform, owner interference, design errors/omissions, differing site conditions, construction change directives, payment disputes, and contract interpretation.

Jim has presented papers, articles and speeches at numerous seminars and events in Michigan and nationally for the Surety Claims Institute; ABA Forum on the Construction Industry; Trial Practice Program at the IADC Fidelity & Surety Midwinter Meetings; Institute of Continuing Legal Education; Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan; National Business Institute, Inc.; National Electrical Contractors Association; Builders Institute of America; and the Engineering Society of Detroit.

Jim was ranked among The Best Lawyers in America®, by Woodward/White, Inc.; was named a “Michigan Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters; and was rated a “Top Lawyer” by dbusiness Magazine.

Memberships & Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on the Construction Industry
    • Tort and Insurance Practice Section
    • Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
  • Surety and Fidelity Claims Institute
  • National Bond Claims Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Construction Law and Litigation Committee
    • Fidelity and Surety Committee
  • American Arbitration Association
    • National Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators, Member
    • Large, Complex Case Panel, Member

Community/Civic Activities

  • Michigan Seniors Golf Association
  • Country Club of Detroit
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Construction Law, 2020 and 2021. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

  • Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Construction Litigation: Business; Surety Law, 2019-Present