James R. Austin
Firm: Law Offices of James R. Austin, P.C.
Address: 6880 Thayer Lake Dr.
Alden, MI 49612
University: Michigan State University; University of Western Ontario, B.A., 1979, University of Detroit Mercy, J.D., 1985
Admitted: 1990, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 1992, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; 1993, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
Biography: Prior to starting his own firm, Jim Austin spent 15 years at the Northville firm of Jerome & Austin, where he gained litigation experience in labor and employment law, personal injury, construction lien law, transportation law, commercial law and domestic relations law. He is admitted to practice in all Michigan Federal and State courts, as well as the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association. Jim works extensively with trucking and towing companies on overweight tickets and driving citations. He is also a trained general civil and domestic mediator. Before turning to law, Jim was a squash professional, teaching at the University Club of Detroit, Detroit Racquet Club and Birmingham Athletic Club. A member of the World Professional Squash Association, he had a fine junior program which produced two University of Pennsylvania squash team captains and two current squash professionals. Jim continues to play regularly and compete in local and national tournaments. Jim is a member of the Michigan Towing Association, the oldest association of wrecker companies in the United States. He currently serves on its Legislative Committee. Jim is pleased to be the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the State YMCA of Michigan, which oversees Camp Hayo-Went-Ha for Boys, Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha for Girls, Michigan Youth in Government and the YMCA of Northern Michigan. He is a very active supporter of the camps. Having spent 15 years as a camper and staff member, he is now chairman of the Boys Camp Program Committee, and was Co-chairman of the Boys Camp 100 Years of Camping Celebration in 2003. A strong advocate of camping, all four of Jim's children attended the camps. Jim and his wife take extended backcountry camping trips every summer to places like Quetico Provincial Park, Allagash Wilderness Area, Killarney Provincial Park, Ranger Lake and Isle Royale National Park. Certified Civil and Domestic Mediator. Associations: Grand Traverse Bar Association Michigan Bar Association Oakland County Bar Association AV® Peer Review Rated