J. Paul Janes

Paul focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance litigation, personal injury litigation, automobile no-fault law, and medical malpractice.


Michigan State University (B.A. 1987); University of Detroit Law School (J.D. 1990; Senior Staff Member of the Law Review).

Professional Affiliations

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Fellow, Justice Foundation of West Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Federal Bar Association
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Attorney Grievance Commission, appointment by the Michigan Supreme Court (2019 to present)
  • Former State Bar of Michigan Lawyer and Judges Assistance Committee (Member)
  • The American Association for Justice
  • Michigan Association for Justice (Former Board Member)

Awards & Achievements

  • Selected to the Michigan Super Lawyers® list
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Peer selected for inclusion in Leading Lawyers, a listing of the leading lawyers limited to 5 percent of licensed attorneys in the State of Michigan

Community Service

  • Former Religious Education teacher – St. Stephens Parish
  • Active supporter of East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation and Sports Boosters
  • Life Member of the Michigan State University Alumni Association


Paul and the GMNP team not only stated their respect and thanks to me as a Veteran as well as my family, they displayed it. Paul was concerned about my mental, physical and financial health and that of my family. If I needed Vet specific counseling Paul found it. We would have been completely overwhelmed and Paul saw all through a difficult legal action. Thank you to Paul and everyone at GMNP for your help and support. – GR

When Mr. Janes took us as a client he is very helpful, informative, kind, and friendly. He would call and check up on us just because he cared. –MF

In 2012 I was involved in a car crash which ended up with me having a spinal fusion and unable to work my previous job due to the physical demands of the work. I had previously used Paul roughly ten years earlier to represent me in a personal injury case. At the time Paul struck me as a very knowledgeable attorney who was there to answer any questions I had and fought hard to get me the outcome I had hoped. Within weeks of Paul’s involvement, I started receiving checks the first week of every month, an increase of pay (based of my actual earnings). The whole experience was frightening and extremely stressful. My physical recovery was a slow and painful process. Having an attorney like Paul Janes definitely made my life easier. Without hesitation he was always there to comfort our concerns with accurate knowledgeable information. In my experience insurance companies can play hard ball! I am happy and proud to say my attorney was ready! Not only would I recommend Gruel Mills Nims & Pylman PLLC Nims & Pylman but they would be the first place I would call if I ever need excellent representation again. —NB

In early 2014 I was confronted with an issue that clearly needed legal advice. Paul Janes was recommended to me. I found him to be knowledgeable, attentive to detail and responsive to the various elements as they came to light. He communicated with me promptly, clearly and honestly. This case was one of great complexity and Paul paid careful attention to all of its aspects. It had life changing consequences for me and my family, and Paul was our guide through it all. I respect and trust his work very much. – AHS

In 2004 I had a severe car accident with multiple injuries. Paul Janes came highly recommended by two of my coworkers, and I’m so glad that I called! Paul Janes and Monique Koning handled my case at the time and they treated me with the utmost respect. You offered helpful suggestions at pivotal times during the mediation, and you gave me every opportunity to be involved with the direction of my case. Ten years later I needed an Attorney again and I didn’t think twice to call you. I have and I will continue to recommend you! Thank you, you are very much appreciated. – GB


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