Clark Hill Attorney James Wernstrom Appointed to the American Board of Trial Advocates

Jul 9, 2007

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Clark Hill Attorney James (Jim) Wernstrom has been appointed to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the firm announced this month.  ABOTA is an organization composed of equal numbers of plaintiff and defense trial lawyers. Admission is by invitation only and requires, among several things, significant and verified trial experience in courts of general jurisdiction.  Wernstrom will be inducted into the Michigan Chapter of ABOTA this fall.

Wernstrom is an accomplished litigator, having litigated matters in state and federal courts throughout the country for over 30 years.  Since then, he has worked exclusively in civil litigation.  He is resident in the firm’s Grand Rapids office.

Throughout his career, Wernstrom has represented clients such as Amtrak; CSX Transportation, Inc.; the City of Grand Rapids; Herman Miller, Inc.; L. Perrigo Company; Smith Industries; and URS-Greiner in matters involving personal injury, construction disputes, probate disputes, corporate financing, securities fraud, commercial contracts, defective products and packaging, negligence, fraud, and professional liability. He has also litigated trademark and copyright matters and has successfully represented insurance companies in a wide variety of matters. His experience also includes mediation and arbitration.

Wernstrom is a member of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, the Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and the American College of Trial Attorneys. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Commercial Litigation.

Wernstrom earned his B.A. from Western Michigan University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.