James Sukkar graduated from Detroit College of Law, cum laude, in 1978, clerked for Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Vincent J. Brennan in 1979, and has been employed with Harvey Kruse, P.C. since 1980. He has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer, named in U.S. Best Civil Defense Attorneys, and is a civil defense trial specialist.
Jim enjoys outdoor family activities including boating, camping, and fishing.
Areas of Practice
- Trial Practice
- Construction Liability
- Transportation Litigation
- No-Fault and First-Party Motor Vehicle Liability
- Product Liability
- Underground Facilities
- Fire Damage
- Wayne State University
- Detroit College of Law
J.D., cum laude 1978
- State Bar of Michigan (1978)
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (1978)
- Harvey Kruse, P.C., Director and Shareholder (1980—present)
Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Honors & Awards
- Martindale Hubbell rating: A/V® Preeminent Rating – 20 years
- Martindale Hubbell rating: A/V® Preeminent Judicial Edition – 2016 & 2017
- “Super Lawyer” 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018
- Named as Best Civil Defense Counsel U.S. (2018)
- Case Evaluator Wayne County Circuit Court and Macomb County Circuit Court
- Won the award for most cases settled as an evaluator on 2 occasions.
- Jim Sukkar has tried numerous cases within practice areas mentioned above. He recently obtained a jury verdict for no cause for action in admitted liability truck/passenger vehicle rear-end collision where the jury found no proximate cause and the dismissal of a pedestrian/truck wrongful death case where the court held that the decedent was more than 50% at fault resulting in a finding that the estate was not entitled to non-economic damages.
Representative Published Cases
- Ghaffari v Turner Construction et al 473 Mich 16:Supreme Court opinion dealing with the applicability of the open and obvious defense as to the general contractor for claims arising in common work areas.
- State Farm v Corby Energy Services et al 271 Mich App 480, Court of Appeals addressing the applicability of Governmental Immunity to a municipality providing public utilities under the Protection of Underground Facilities Act.
- Michigan Mutual Ins Co v Indiana Ins Co 247 Mich App 480, Court of Appeals opinion addressing the sufficiency of the evidence in support of a jury verdict in favor of a claim brought by an insurance company against another insurance for breach of an agreement to settle.
- Calladine v Hyster Company 155 Mich App 175, Court of appeals opinion addressing the definition of Motor Vehicle as it applies to a forklift truck operating on a public street and contractual indemnity owed by the lessee of a forklift truck in favor of the lessor manufacturer for product liability claims.