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James L. Liggins Jr.

Senior Counsel | Email

  • Kalamazoo

    t. +1.269.276.8146

    f. 269.276.8300

Biography

James Liggins Jr. focuses his practice on construction litigation, property disputes, real estate concerns, as well as business contractual disputes, criminal defense and emergency manager matters. In addition to practicing law, James has become a valuable resource to the Kalamazoo community. His desire to be active in social awareness, community services and extracurricular activities that give back to the people and places he’s passionate about – fuel James’ passion to meld his profession and his community contributions into one. James serves on the board of the Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation and of the Bronson Healthcare Group, and continues in leadership on the board of directors for the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region. James was also the chair for the Douglas Community Association in 2013 and is the current chair of Kalamazoo’s indigent defense organization Kalamazoo Defender.
 

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Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law J.D. 2003
  • University of Michigan B.A. 1998

Admitted

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    2015 ABA Construction Law Forum Scholar
  • National Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Judicial Qualifications Committee (2017-20); Special Committee on Civil Discovery Court Review
  • State Bar of Indiana
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court (Indianapolis)
    Former Associate
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association
    Board Member
  • The Charles A. Pratt Bar Association
    President

Experience

Honors & Awards

  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2013

Publications

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • Southwest Michigan First
    Member, Board of Directors (2020-Present)
  • Indianapolis Professional Association
    Former President

Community Affiliations

  • Bronson Healthcare Group
    Board of Directors
  • Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation
    Board of Directors
  • Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce
    Leadership Kalamazoo (2010-11)
  • Douglas Community Association
    Board of Directors
  • Greater Kalamazoo United Way Campaign
    Co-Chair, Cabinet Member

Speaking Engagements

  • "Explore the Michigan Small Business Restart Program," Southwest Michigan First Webinar, July 27, 2020
  • Panelist, "Inclusive Careers: Colors of Leadership," employer panel hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Career and Student Employment Services at WMU, Kalamazoo, Michigan, January 30, 2020

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