James, Hutchison & Forth, P.C.

Attorneys at Law

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Michael H. James

Mike is recognized for his litigation skills and experience in state and federal courts where he has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of disputes in both the prosecution and defense of claims.

Mike served as the Mayor of the City of Ferguson, Missouri from 1993-1996. During his term, the City completed a review and revision of the City’s Comprehensive Master Plan, passed a Capital Improvement sales tax to fund infrastructure investment, hosted the nationally recognized Oak Park Exchange Congress and began the successful redevelopment of one of the City’s major commercial and retail areas through the use of Tax Increment Financing.

Prior to his service as Mayor, Mike served as a representative to the City Council on the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Mr. James is a past President of the St. Louis County Bar Association, is a recipient of the Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and has served in the past on the legislative review subcommittee of The Missouri Bar.

Mike currently serves on the Board of the Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce, is Chair of the Chamber’s President’s Council, and serves on the Industrial Development Authority and Tax Increment Finance Commission of the City of Maryland Heights, Missouri.

Areas of Practice

Education Law
Labor and Employment Law
Commercial Litigation
General Trial and Appellate Practice
Family Law
Personal Injury
Zoning Law
Municipal Law

Bar Admissions

Missouri, 1980
Illinois, 1981
US District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1988
United States Tax Court, 2017


JD, Saint Louis University
      School of Law, 1980
BS, Saint Louis University, 1977
Saint Louis University High School, 1975

Professional Associations and Memberships

St. Louis County Bar Association
President, 1991; Member, Executive Committee, 1986-1991

St. Louis County Municipal League
Chaired the 1995 Legislative Affairs Committee

Served on the Legislative Review Subcommittee of the Missouri Bar

Missouri School Boards Association
Council of School Attorneys

National School Boards Association
Council of School Attorneys

The Bar Association of Metropolitan
Saint Louis

American Bar Association

The Illinois Bar Association


Mayor, City of Ferguson, 1993-1996

Outstanding Young Lawyer, St. Louis County Bar Association, 1993

Kiwanis Citizen of the Year,
City of Ferguson, 1995

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