James J. Tocco

Attorney 

Education

Jim attended Wayne State University as a Presidential Scholar. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in 1998 and was inducted as a lifetime member of Phi Beta Kappa, Gamma Chapter of Michigan.  Jim attended Wayne State University Law School in the evening program and graduated with his Juris Doctor in 2004.  

Experience

Jim began his legal career at one of the preeminent bankruptcy law firms in Detroit.  While there, he specialized in representing Chapter 7 Trustees, debtors and creditors in all phases of bankruptcy practice, including appeals. Jim’s practice is centered on community association law, collection matters, restriction enforcement, bankruptcy, litigation, and contract drafting and review.

Specialties

  • Representation of condominium boards, property management companies, real estate agents, and unit co-owners in general civil actions, enforcement of bylaw provisions, zoning issues, liens and collection matters; 
  • Quiet title actions, landlord tenant matters, and lien foreclosure proceedings;
  • Contract negotiation including corporate operating agreements, leases, and dissolutions; 
  • Representation of clients in general civil matters including contract disputes, fraud and equitable claims; and, 
  • All phases of Chapter 7 practice, with experience representing creditors in Chapter 11 and 13 proceedings. 

Achievements and Memberships

  • Member, Community Associations Institute
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan 
  • Admitted to the Eastern District of Michigan, Federal Courts
  • Member of the State Bar Real Property Law Section  

What’s it like to work with Jim

Appreciated for his flexibility and down-to-earth style, Jim is known for his fierce commitment to clients, strong work ethic and for being a straight-shooter. He brings a thoughtful approach to solving problems and considers multiple angles before making decisions.

Interests

Spending time with family. 

Aquarium keeping. 

Traveling.

Gardening.

Cooking.

Eating.