James J. Raftery is the founding partner of Raftery & Barron, PC


For over 30 years, Mr. Raftery has been a trial attorney called upon to represent both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of personal injury and insurance matters, including auto, construction, premises, dog bite, art fraud and first amendment issues, just to name a few.  His clients have included doctors, lawyers, judges, landlords, property owners, construction companies, as well as numerous other individuals from all walks of life who have been injured in various types of accidents.


Mr. Raftery is appreciated by his clients and well respected by his peers.  His numerous awards and accomplishments include:


The prestigious “AV rating” by Martindale Hubbell for Mr. Raftery’s “preeminent legal ability”, “highest professional and ethical standards”.  In 2012 Martindale Hubbell again recognized Mr. Raftery for continuing the “AV rating” for ten years (now 13).


In 2010 Mr. Raftery was recognized by Detroit Business as one of the “top lawyers” in insurance defense.  And, in 2016, Mr. Raftery was awarded the “10 best” in client satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.


Mr. Raftery has served as an expert on behalf of other attorneys in legal malpractice claims.   He has served as both a defense and neutral arbitrator, mediator and facilitative mediator.


Mr. Raftery has obtained successful jury verdicts throughout the state of Michigan.  He has been admitted to practice law in Michigan since 1982, the U.S. Federal Courts since 1983, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 1997.


Mr. Raftery is a graduate of the University of Detroit High School (1974); Central Michigan University (1998); and University of Detroit Law School (1981).

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