SAGINAW: (989) 792-9641 FRANKENMUTH: (989) 652-9923

SAGINAW: (989) 792-9641 FRANKENMUTH: (989) 652-9923
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Smith Bovill, A Professional Corporation

200 St. Andrews Road
Saginaw, MI 48638
Phone: (989) 792-9641
Fax: (989) 792-1116

140 West Tuscola Street,
Suite B
Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Phone: (989) 652-9923
Fax: (989) 652-3607

121 West Grant St.,
Suite 1
Caro, MI 48723
Phone: (989) 673-3400

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James F. Troester

James F. Troester

Saginaw, Michigan
(989) 792-9641
(989) 792-1116

James F. Troester was born in Bay City, Michigan on August 23, 1963. He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1988. He currently resides in Saginaw.

Mr. Troester graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in 1985. He received his Juris Doctor degree, Magna cum Laude, from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1988. While at Thomas M. Cooley School, he served as Executive Comments Editor of the Law Review and his Casenote was selected for publication.

Prior to joining the Smith, Bovill, P.C. law firm on January 1, 1992, he was associated with the firm of Smith & Brooker, P.C., in Bay City, Michigan. He became a partner at Smith, Bovill in 1995, and is admitted to practice in the Michigan trial and appellate courts, as well as the Federal District Courts and U.S. court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. The majority of his career experience has been devoted to litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels.

Mr. Troester is a member in good standing of the Michigan Bar Association and the Saginaw County Bar Association. He is a member of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Mr. Troester's practice concentrates in the area of trial and appellate litigation. He has litigated numerous third party and first party claims arising from automobile accidents, as well as claims based upon construction defects, premises liability, the Dram Shop statute, the Wrongful Death statute, Declaratory Judgment Actions and other claims typically associated with civil litigation. He has experience in handling appeals to the Michigan Supreme Court, Michigan Court of Appeals, and United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Areas of Practice

  • Appeals
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Claims
  • Fire Loss/Property Claims
  • Automobile No Fault
  • Personal Injury
  • Municipal Law
  • Dram Shop Claims

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1998


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. magna cum laude
    • Law Review: Executive Comments Editor, Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, 1987 - 1988
  • Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    • B.S. cum laude - 1985
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Preremoval Hearing, Thomas M. Cooley Law Review

Representative Clients

  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
  • Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance Company
  • Secura Insurance


  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
  • Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance Company
  • Secura Insurance

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Michigan Bar Association, Member
  • Saginaw County Bar Association, Member
  • Michagan Bar Association, Member, Appellate Section

Past Employment Positions

  • Smith & Brooker, P.C., Attorney, 1988 - 1992