James A. Cleaver, Esq.

'Lawyers for Life,' our motto, has real meaning. I often see children and grandchildren of former clients coming to A&C for solutions to their legal problems. Client service is and always has been our hallmark. We know how important hard work, dedication to client issues, and results are to each and every client.'

— James Cleaver


B.A. University of Maryland, 1973
J.D. University of Baltimore School of Law, 1978

Admitted to Practice

Court of Appeals of Maryland
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States

Practice Areas

Personal Injury, Accidents (Auto, Boat, Truck, Bus, Pedestrian), Civil Litigation


2010 - 2016 Maryland Super Lawyer – Personal Injury Plaintiff, and Top 100
Selected to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Maryland's Top 100 Trial Lawyers (American Trial Lawyers Association)
Top Attorney, Washington, D.C., Metro Area, The American Registry of Lawyers, 2011
Justice Fellow, Board of Regents of the American Academy of Medical Experts

Professional Associations and Memberships

Member, Maryland State Bar Association
Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
Member, Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Member, Prince George's County Bar Association
Member, Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan D.C.
Member, American Association for Justice
Member, American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Section and Litigation Section
Former Co-Chair, Prince George's County Public Works Oversight Task Force
Former Member, Advisory Committee for Paralegal Studies at Prince George's County
Community College
Contributor, Maryland Association of Justice President's Club

Community Associations and Memberships

Legal Advisor, Silesia Citizens Association

James 'Jim' Cleaver is the President of the Alexander & Cleaver. Jim co-founded the firm in 1984 with Gary R. Alexander. He works primarily in the field of civil litigation, heading up the firm's personal injury practice. In that role, Jim is the firm's primary negotiator and litigator in personal injury cases, using his vast experience and knowledge acquired over parts of the past five decades to achieve results for clients. It was no surprise to colleagues and clients that Jim has been  designated a Super Lawyer in personal injury cases, was named one of Maryland's top trial lawyers, and was selected by the prestigious Million Dollar Advocacy Forum.

As a complement to his law practice, Jim frequently speaks to various groups around the state. Recently he spoke to members of the Metropolitan Washington Auto Body Association on how to resolve disputes with motor vehicle insurance companies.

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