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James P. Cunningham

Contact Information

Phone: 248.642.0333 ext 307

Practice State



Traditional Client Representation and Litigation

Legal Organizations

State Bar of Michigan; Family Law Section, Former Executive Board Member, Family Law Council, 1986-1992), Chair, Character and Fitness Committee, District 1-Oakland County, 2004-2010. American Bar Association; Executive Committee, Law Practice Management Section, Member, Family Law Section. Oakland County Bar Association; Past President, 2003-2004, Former Chair of Family Law, Circuit Court, Diversity, Bench Bar Conference, 1992-2001, Veteran’s Committee Chair, 2014-2015 and 2012 to present). American Inns of Court; Charter Master. Oakland County Bar Foundation; Board of Directors, 2002-2005. American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; President, Michigan Chapter, 2009-2010. International Academy of Family Lawyers; Fellow


American Bar Association National Pro Bono Award, Veterans Assistance, 2013. “The Best Lawyers in America,” selected by Woodward/White, Inc., 2011 to present. “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit,” selected by DBusiness Magazine, 2012 to present. Michigan “SuperLawyers,” selected by Thompson Reuters Corporation, inception to present. “Top 100 Michigan Lawyers,” selected by Thompson Reuters Corporation, inception to 2017. AV® “Preeminent”™ Lawyer, ranked by Martindale-Hubbell through peer review, 1988 to present. Leading Lawyer Peer Recognition, 2013 to present. Nation’s Top One Percent, 2014 to present. National Association of Distinctive Counsel. Who’s Who in American Law, 6th Edition, 1999. Who’s Who in the World, 19th edition, 1990. Distinguished Service Award, Oakland County Bar Association

CLE Presentations


“Family Law and Military Issues,” Michigan Bar Journal, February, 2015. “Separate Property Law: Eating Jello with Chopsticks,” Michigan Bar Journal, June 2008. “Marriage in the 21st Century: The Death of "Till Death Do Us Part," Michigan Bar Journal, January 2004. “Religious Divorces,” Laches (Oakland County Bar Association Magazine), September 1999. “Domestic Violence: Effect on Visitation,” Michigan Family Law Journal, 1994. “The Confusing Inter-Relationship of Visitation and Child Support,” Laches (Oakland County Bar Association Magazine), March 1992. “Maintenance of Fault in Property Division in Divorce,” Michigan Bar Journal, March 1992. “The Pension Cases: A Shift from Property to Income,” Michigan Bar Journal, February 1990. “Domestic Torts,” Michigan Family Law Journal, 1990. “Torts and Family Law: Emerging Trends,” Laches (Oakland County Bar Association Magazine), February 1989.  “State of the Law: Family Law,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1988, 1989, and 1991. Due Process TV - "Life After Divorce". March 2013, On this edition of Due Process, Henry Baskin, Donna Virkus, and James Cunningham discuss enforcing divorce decrees and ways to make sure child support is paid. Due Process TV - "Modifying Divorce Judgments"  

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