Vandeveer Garzia - Attorneys and Counselors - Servicing the Troy and Metro Detroit Area
James L. McCoy

James L. McCoy

Associate

Phone: (248) 312-2800
Direct Phone: (248) 312-2922
Fax: (248) 879-0042
Email: jmccoy@vgpclaw.com

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JAMES L. McCOY is an Associate Attorney with Vandeveer Garzia. His current focus includes: defense litigation in personal injury, first-party automobile claims, third-party automobile negligence, premises liability and general negligence matters. James defends both individuals and various national clients, including major insurance carriers throughout the State of Michigan.

While in law school, James gained experience by representing misdemeanor defendants in district court through the Detroit Mercy Law Criminal Trial Clinic. He was an Associate Director for the Moot Court Board of Advocates and represented UDM at the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition in Minneapolis. James served as Secretary for the Murphy (Student) Chapter of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers; he was a pupil in the American Inns of Court; a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship for Excellence and he earned multiple Book Awards for academic distinction. James joined Vandeveer Garzia in 2015 as a law clerk and in 2017 accepted an Associate Attorney position with the firm.


EDUCATION

Alma College, B. A., Political Science and History, 2012

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D. 2017


LICENSES

State Bar of Michigan 2017


MEMBERSHIPS

State Bar of Michigan, Business Law and Negligence Law Sections


RECENT SUCCESSES AND NEWSWORTHY EVENTS


DECEMBER 10, 2018

Summary Disposition granted in favor of our client

Victoria Mae Kultala and Scott Kultala v Ruth P. Belcher and Allstate

James McCoy obtained summary disposition in the St. Claire County Circuit Court regarding Plaintiff’s underinsured motorist claim against our client, Allstate. Plaintiff was involved in a motorcycle crash and sustained severe injuries. In Defendant’s Motion for Summary Disposition, we argued that the motorcycle exclusion in the underlying policy was clear and unambiguous, therefore underinsured motorist benefits were not available to Plaintiff. Plaintiff attempted to argue that the exclusion did not apply to this motorcycle accident because Plaintiff’s injuries did not “arise out of the use and operation of a motorcycle,” but rather arose from Defendant Belcher’s negligence. Ultimately, the Court was persuaded to agree with Allstate’s position and granted Defendant’s Motion for Summary Disposition, holding that the policy language was clear and unambiguous and precluded Plaintiff from recovering underinsured motorist benefits for the injuries she sustained in the motorcycle accident.


October 29, 2018

Dismissal granted in favor of our client

Marquis Henley v Regina Bush

James McCoy obtained a summary disposition in the Macomb County Circuit Court on Plaintiff’s claims for negligence resulting in personal injuries allegedly sustained in a motor vehicle accident on I-94. James represented Ms. Regina Bush in this third party case that involved two separate, single vehicle accidents, which occurred in close temporal proximity. Plaintiff claimed that Ms. Bush was the direct and proximate cause of his alleged injuries. The Motion for Summary Disposition clearly articulated why Ms. Bush was not liable for Plaintiff’s alleged injuries by demonstrating that the vehicle Plaintiff was travelling as a passenger in lost control, spun out, struck the center median along I-94 and then slid into Ms. Bush’s vehicle, which was already disabled along the median. The Court agreed that there was no genuine issue of material fact that Plaintiff failed to establish a cause of action for negligence as to Ms. Bush and that any connections between Ms. Bush’s conduct and Plaintiff’s alleged injuries were too tenuous to survive the Motion for Summary Disposition.


October 29, 2018

Dismissal granted in favor of our client

Marquis Henley v Regina Bush

James McCoy obtained a summary disposition in the Macomb County Circuit Court on Plaintiff’s claims for negligence resulting in personal injuries allegedly sustained in a motor vehicle accident on I-94. James represented Ms. Regina Bush in this third party case that involved two separate, single vehicle accidents, which occurred in close temporal proximity. Plaintiff claimed that Ms. Bush was the direct and proximate cause of his alleged injuries. The Motion for Summary Disposition clearly articulated why Ms. Bush was not liable for Plaintiff’s alleged injuries by demonstrating that the vehicle Plaintiff was travelling as a passenger in lost control, spun out, struck the center median along I-94 and then slid into Ms. Bush’s vehicle, which was already disabled along the median. The Court agreed that there was no genuine issue of material fact that Plaintiff failed to establish a cause of action for negligence as to Ms. Bush and that any connections between Ms. Bush’s conduct and Plaintiff’s alleged injuries were too tenuous to survive the Motion for Summary Disposition.


June 22, 2018

Vandeveer Garzia associate recognized for his volunteerism

Associate James McCoy is active in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit’s community based program as a “big brother.” On June 22, 2018, James and his little brother, Semaj, were featured as a “Premier Match” at the Great Big Auction, which was a fundraiser to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit. James has seen, first-hand, the benefits that the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit provides to our region’s youth and we are honored to have him serve as a mentor. The funds raised at the Great Big Auction will allow this incredible program to continue to provide these important services to our children in Metro Detroit.