James W. Lamb is a member of Plunkett Cooney's Governmental Law and Torts & Litigation practice groups.  

A member of the firm’s Grand Rapids office, Mr. Lamb has experience advising and defending municipalities and other public entities in a range of matters, including land use and zoning disputes, First Amendment disputes, due process claims, Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Act disputes, civil rights cases and employment-related litigation. Mr. Lamb has represented clients in various stages of litigation and has litigated disputes in Michigan state and federal courts.

In addition, Mr. Lamb’s practice also includes general defense litigation, including disputes involving premises liability, commercial vehicle personal injury and property damages matters, first-party No-Fault claims from medical providers and policyholders, and third-party auto negligence claims.

Representative Client Work

  • Advises and counsels municipalities and building authorities on land use disputes and zoning issues
  • Successfully defended municipalities sued for alleged violations of the ADA, FHA, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a client sued by a prisoner claiming he was denied equal protection under Fourteenth Amendment
  • Successfully defended numerous individuals in lawsuits alleging negligence arising out of motor vehicle accidents
  • Frequently represents insurers in claims filed by medical providers seeking recovery of no-fault medical benefits  
  • Performed comprehensive legal research for employers regarding reemployment issues under the FMLA and ADA

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan (Governmental Law and Insurance and Indemnity Law sections)
  • American Bar Association



  • Michigan State University College of Law, Cum Laude, J.D., 2020
  • Michigan State University, James Madison, B.A., 2017


  • Michigan, 2020
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2021
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2021


Honors & Recognitions

  • Michigan State Law Review, Managing Editor