James Wynne, Butzel Long Photo

Mr. Wynne specializes in defending companies from attack by lawsuit. He’s a jury trial expert having tried dozens of lawsuits to juries in numerous states all across the country. Usually the lawsuits are enterprise-threatening, whether commercial or personal in character.  His earliest trials were from the plaintiffs’ side and he relishes the occasional opportunity to secure plaintiff verdicts in just causes.


James E. Wynne is a Shareholder practicing in Butzel's Ann Arbor office. He is a former Vice President of Butzel and previously served as a member of the firm's Board of Directors. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1972 and from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1975. He is admitted to practice law in both Michigan and Illinois and in numerous federal courts across the country. Mr. Wynne is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers.

Mr. Wynne has handled commercial and product liability trials and litigation since 1975. He serves as the national trial counsel for several major automotive suppliers, handling cases in a variety of states.

Mr. Wynne also has specific experience with specialized personal-injury asbestos litigation in thousands of such cases throughout the United States. He has been involved in several landmark decisions in this area, and serves as a key strategic advisor to several global manufacturing concerns regarding asbestos and toxic tort matters. Mr. Wynne also has substantial experience in computer support for mass tort litigation.



Michigan State University 1972

Kent College of Law 1975, J.D.



  • State Bar of Michigan
  • TriCounty Hearing Panel No.2 of the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board - Chairman

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The Best Lawyers in America - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2006-2024

Michigan Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2008-2019

DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Personal Injury Product Liability, 2011-2013, 2015-2024


  • Obtained dismissal by summary disposition and summary judgment of asbestos claims

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