James L. Kresta

James L. Kresta is a member of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss' Litigation Practice Group and the Firm's First Amendment and Media Law group. His practice involves representing major news outlets, media and entertainment companies, and pubic personalities on various First Amendment issues. His practice further involves litigation concerning real estate, shareholder oppression, cyber security and both municipal and private construction disputes. His litigation involvement includes initial pleading and case management issues, discovery, substantive motions, trial and appeals.

James graduated cum laude from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies. While at Franciscan, James was founder and president of the Thomas More Legal Society, and was recognized by the University for his leadership of that organization. He received his Juris Doctorate with honors from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. As a member of the law school's moot court team James won recognition as the law school's top oral advocate. He was selected to represent Wayne State at the prestigious, Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition in New York City. While in law school James' work in public interest law earned him a Public Interest Law Fellowship.

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan

Honors and Awards

  • Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Top Oralist at the Arthur Neef Moot Court Competition
  • Wayne State University Law School Bronze Key for academic excellence
  • Finalist at the State Bar of Michigan Oral Advocacy Competition