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James R. Case

James R. Case



  • Litigation
  • Business & Commercial
  • Construction Law

WSG Practice Industries


Michigan, U.S.A.


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.

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St. John's University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1980 Colgate University, B.A., 1977
Areas of Practice

Business & Commercial | Construction Law | Litigation


Easing of Restrictions on Michigan Construction Industry to Go Into Effect on May 7, 2020
Dykema, May 2020

The fight against COVID-19 has had a serious impact on businesses across the nation, and the construction industry is no exception. May 1, 2020, marked a step toward a new normal as Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-70 easing restrictions on construction projects. The Governor’s office also issued a press release explaining how the Order applies to work on construction projects...

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