MUSKEGON INJURY ATTORNEY
WHO AM I?
I was born and raised in Muskegon, Michigan. I served in the US. Military as 1st Lieutenant Infantry Platoon Leader in the Republic of South Vietnam from 1970-1971 and received a Bronze Star. I began my legal career in 1978 and opened my first law practice in 1985. I’ve been married for 46 years!
EXPERT IN PERSONAL INJURY LAW
I have secured over 50 Circuit Court jury verdicts in Muskegon, Oceana, Ottawa, Wayne, & Oakland Counties. I received successful verdicts in medical malpractice, products liability, automobile negligence, insurance law, construction law, and motor carrier (trucks) liability.
Auto accident settlement West Michigan
LARGEST AUTO ACCIDENT JURY VERDICT IN MUSKEGON COUNTY HISTORY
Professional Memberships and Organizations:
- American Association for Justice (AAJ)
- Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ), former Executive Board member
- Michigan State Bar Representative Assembly, former member
- Michigan State Bar Foundation, life fellow
- Muskegon County Bar Association
- Kohl, Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Clark & Hampton, P.C., 1978-1985
- Crowley, Olsman, Nolan & Berman, P.C., 1985-1997
Managing stockholder. Plaintiff’s personal injury practice with major emphasis in medical malpractice litigation
- Nolan & Shafer, PLC, 1997-present
- Reeths-Puffer High School
- B.S., Communication Arts, Western Michigan University 1972.
- M.A., Honors, Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University 1974.
- J.D., Honors, Detroit College of Law, 1978.
- Officer Candidate School, Commandants List, 1969
- Airborne Training Graduate, Ft. Benning, GA, 1969
- Company Commander, Ft. Gordon, 1970
- 1st Lieutenant Infantry Platoon Leader, Republic of South Vietnam, 1970-1971
- Decorations: Bronze Star with Oakleaf Cluster, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Men’s Badge
Married since 1972
"DAVID SHAFER IS THE ONLY ATTORNEY TO WHOM I REFER PEOPLE WHO CALL ME FOR REFERRALS TO AN INJURY ATTORNEY."Jim and David, Attorneys on the Lakeshore