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John C. Buchanan

Attorney Michigan Personal Injury Lawyer John C. Buchanan


Questions and Answers

Tell us about the origin of Buchanan Firm and how/when/why you started the firm?

The firm was founded in 1995 to provide high-quality representation to people seriously injured by the misconduct of others. Because this specialized work demands extensive legal and medical knowledge, we hired on-staff medical professionals as part of the team.

Our law firm has a national reputation as one of the best in serious injury lawsuits because of our innovation in combining law and medicine.

Buchanan Firm has continued to exclusively represent only seriously injured people, not insurance companies or corporations.

What would you say most motivates you to do what you do? What are you most excited or passionate about?

During college I developed two passions that have driven my professional and personal life ever since. First, my passion is for the law and helping people. Both my dad and my uncle were outstanding trial attorneys.  My proudest achievement was following in their footsteps.

My second passion has been flying.  After my college roommate took me for my first ride in a single-engine airplane. I was hooked and have been flying for over 50 years.

What do you wish other people knew about medical malpractice in Michigan?

I wish all patients knew what can go wrong in medical care because of an inattentive physician or careless nurse. Select your healthcare providers carefully, after doing thorough research and obtaining informed recommendations. Be alert for possible medical mistakes and carefully monitor the care given.  Ask questions if things don’t seem right. If things happen to go wrong, call a medical malpractice attorney asap.


Name three movie characters whose personalities or nature best resemble your own.

Atticus Finch in the movie “To Kill a Mockingbird” played by Gregory Peck. Paul Biegler in the movie “Anatomy of a Murder” played by Jimmy Stewart, and Vinny Gambini in the movie “My Cousin Vinny” played by Joe Pesci.


What are you happiest doing, when you are not working?

In the summer, there is nothing I enjoy doing than being on our boat in Michigan, anchored in a beautiful bay and jumping into crystal-clear waters. During the winter, I enjoy snow skiing in Colorado or Utah.

Most, I love spending time enjoying life with my family and good friends. For example, in June 2016, our son Rob and his wife Mary, and our daughter Jane and her husband Ray, with their six children and our six grandchildren, spent a month in Italy.  We rented a house overlooking a beautiful lake in Tuscany and explored the surrounding villages and countryside.


Where is your favorite place in the world?

Our home in Ada, Michigan, it is on a small lake surrounded by Norway spruce trees.

Memberships & Awards

  • Founder and President, International Society of Primerus Law Firms
  • Member and Board of Directors, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Diplomat, The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Recognized by “The Best Lawyers in America” and “West Michigan’s Best Lawyers”