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State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section - Past Chairperson

State Bar of Michigan, International Law and Real Property Law Sections

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

American Bar Association, Business Law and International Law Sections

Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation

Member, Civil Service Commission, City of Livonia, Michigan

Member, Executive Committee and Board, Michigan Municipal Services Authority, State of Michigan

Member, Advisory Board, Detroit Chinese Business Association

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, J.D.

Central Michigan University, B.S.

James R. Cambridge


James R. Cambridge has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of business law, finance, and real estate.  Mr. Cambridge is co-chairperson of the firm's Business and Corporate Law practice group, and leads the firm's US-China practice.  He is also a member of the firm's Executive Committee.

Mr. Cambridge's clients have included private and public companies in the manufacturing, finance, real estate, retail, service, technology and transportation industries. His clients have also included professional athletes, corporate CEOs and other high net worth individuals. Mr. Cambridge serves as counsel for a number of businesses and handles a variety of matters such as business formations, contracts, employment, lending relationships, restructurings, real estate, buying and selling businesses and resolving troubled business situations. Mr. Cambridge has considerable experience in advising closely-held businesses. Mr. Cambridge also has experience in advising US and foreign-based companies in establishing operations in both the US and abroad.  

Mr. Cambridge is a past Chairperson of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and also served as the Chairman of the Legislative Drafting Committee of business and tax lawyers that wrote the Michigan Limited Liability Company Act.

Mr. Cambridge is frequently honored for legal excellence by his clients and other attorneys. He has been admitted as a Fellow in the Michigan State Bar Foundation, in recognition of his professionalism and community service, and he received the Outstanding Business Lawyer Award from the State Bar of Michigan’s Business Law Section.  He is consistently listed in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Who’s Who in American Law; and The Best Lawyers in America®, Woodward/White, Inc.  Mr. Cambridge has been noted as a “Michigan Super Lawyer” and being among “Detroit’s Best Lawyers” by Thomson Reuters; and is rated a “Top Lawyer” by dbusiness Magazine.  He has also been named among Michigan's "Leader's in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.  Mr. Cambridge has achieved AV ranking from Martindale Hubbell, reflecting the highest standards of legal ability, professional ethics and integrity. 

A respected attorney and author, Mr. Cambridge lectures and publishes regularly on business law and planning.  He has written numerous articles and books, including the highly regarded Michigan Limited Liability Companies. Mr. Cambridge is also a contributing author to Advising Closely Held Businesses in Michigan.

Representative Matters

Sale of aerospace engineering company

Acquisition of automotive supplier

Formed multiple US subsidiaries of various Chinese enterprises

Formed multiple joint ventures in US, China and Mexico

Acquisition and leasing of large mixed-use real estate development

Successfully managed multi-million dollar property tax settlement

Developed legal compliance program for client

Managed several complex litigation cases to successful conclusion

Successfully negotiated resolution of shareholder dispute

Structured and drafted several complex business contracts

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