Jim Jamo grew up the son of a Detroit mailman who impressed upon him the importance of hard work. Grandson of Albanian immigrants who came through Ellis Island, he was the first in his family to attend college. He earned money for school working at a Ford assembly plant and in a Teamster Union job driving a Coca-Cola semi-truck.
Upon graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, Jim Jamo continued his education at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. In addition to being selected the Executive Editor of the school’s Law Review, he worked his way through school with an internship at the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM). Jim Jamo’s job responsibilities at PAAM involved summarizing appeals rulings for the criminal case Trial Manual, used by county prosecutors statewide.
After obtaining his Juris Doctorate with honors, Jim Jamo quickly rose to become partner in a small, well-regarded Lansing law firm. Protecting clients’ interests, he began litigating personal injury, constitutional rights and employment conflict cases in the Circuit and Federal Courts. Jim Jamo has handled complex business disputes, construction defects, and product liability cases. His expertise also extends to school district legal issues, where he has set precedent in education law.
Practicing for over 27 years, Jim Jamo’s clients have included individuals, small-business owners, the City of Lansing Police Department, Lansing Housing Commission, Lansing Board of Water and Light, Dean Transportation, Holt Public Schools, Williamston Community Schools, and Mason Public Schools.
When representing a client, Jim Jamo performs all steps in a lawsuit - from interviewing witnesses and introducing testimony and evidence to the jury, through researching, writing and personally presenting the argument to the appellate courts. Jim’s broad experience is unparalleled among most lawyers.
Jim and his wife Liz, married 31 years, have two children and reside in East Lansing. Cristina (MSU ’08) and Benjamin (UofM ’10) attended East Lansing Public Schools and Liz is an employee of the district. Jim and Liz are active supporters of the East Lansing Education Foundation. They are members of St. John Catholic Student Parish and St. Thomas Albanian Orthodox Church. Jim and Liz enjoy attending high school and college athletic events, as well as local fine arts performances.