James T. Heos

James T. Heos

One of Michigan’s most successful personal injury attorneys, James T. Heos became part of the Nichols Law Firm team in 2016. Jim has been helping seriously injured people as a litigator who tries cases when he needs to for over 35 years.

Jim graduated from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1976.  While attending law school, Jim worked for the Department of Attorney General as a law clerk for the legendary Frank Kelley.  From the time of graduation until April 1, 1979, he worked for the Lansing City Attorney’s Office, Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office and as a special assistant for the Genessee County Prosecutor’s Office. Jim is a former prosecutor who also knows how to break down a criminal case and analyze the flaws in a prosecution.

On April 1, 1979, Jim joined the law firm Church, Kritselis and Wyble, PC.  He is a trial lawyer. Jim primarily practices in the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice. 

Jim also takes great pride in his wonderful family.  Jim has been married to his wife, Cassie, since 1973. They raised three children. Jim and Cassie have a growing brood of grandchildren.  His hobbies include golf, basketball, and fishing. Jim is also an avid Michigan State fan.


James Heos accepts an award for his thirty years of service from the Michigan Legislature

Language from the Award

LET IT BE KNOWN, That it is with the utmost respect and admiration that we honor James Heos upon the celebration of his thirty years with the law firm of ChurchWyble. It is definitely a privilege to recognize a gentleman who has contributed so much of his time and talents to benefit our legal system in Michigan.

He is passionate and ethical advocate for individual rights under the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Michigan.

A 1975 graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School, James Heos is well known throughout Ingham County. During law school, he worked for the Genessee County Prosecutor’s Office and the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. Since passing the bar in 1976, James has worked for the Lansing City Attorney’s office, the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office and for the past thirty years he has worked for the law firm of ChurchWyble as an associate and then as managing partner.

In addition to his work in the courtroom, James Heos has also been an active member of the community. He has served in the parish council for Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church, is a founding member of the Michigan Bar Foundation, is a member of the Ingham County Bar Association and Inns of the Court, and volunteers his time to judge moot court competitions at Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Michigan State University College of Law.

IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE, Therefore, this document is signed and dedicated to honor and commend James Heos on his thirty years of service with the law firm of Church Wyble. May he know of our admiration and warmest wishes for a joyful celebration.

The Ninety-Fourth Legislature

at Lansing
December 6, 2008

Jennifer Granholm, Governor
Gretchen Whitmer, State Senator, the Twenty-Third District
Joan Bauer, State Representative, the Sixty-Eighth District
Barb Byrum, State Represdentative, the Sixty-seventh district

Mark Meadows, State Representative, the Sixty-Ninth District

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