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James Spurr

Mr. Spurr was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1981.  He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A., cum laude, in 1978 and from Wayne State University Law School J.D., cum laude, in 1981.

A senior partner and deputy commercial litigation group leader in Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone’s Kalamazoo office, Jim heads a team of trial attorneys concentrating on business and commercial dispute resolution.  Jim focuses his efforts in construction, real estate, probate and contract disputes.  He is also active in the firm’s Marine Law and Native American Law Groups.  He has represented marinas adjacent to Lake Erie, Lake St. Claire, Lake Michigan and Northern Lake Huron involving contract disputes, commercial transactions, business and other torts.

Since 2008 Jim was been awarded the distinction of being included in Best Lawyers In America.
Jim has been an active participant in the governance of many non-profit boards:
•           Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, Board President, 2006-present
•           Michigan Maritime Museum, past Board Secretary, current Director and Chair of Friends Good Will Committee
•           Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Member, Board of Directors
•           Pipp Foundation, Former Director
•           Plainwell Area Chamber of Commerce, Former Director
•           Borgess/Pipp Community Hospital, Former Director and Chair
•           Plainwell Downtown Development Authority, Former Director and Chair

In February 2008 Jim was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the Michigan Commission on the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.  He continues to serve in this capacity.

Jim is an avid sailor, with more than 35 years of sailing experience including full rigged ships and has a love for maritime history and of all things nautical.  He currently serves as First Officer aboard Friends Good Will, a square topsail sloop, and holds a USCG Masters License.  He is the author of the Great Lakes, Great Guns Historical Series, Sworn for Mackinac, One Sloop and Slow Match, and Reflections in the Wake.

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