Kalamaoo County

Ninth Judicial Circuit Court

JUDGES OF THE 9TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT

Chief Circuit/Probate Court Judge: Alexander C. Lipsey

Chief Circuit/Probate Court Judge Pro Tempore: Honorable Curtis J. Bell

Family Division

Honorable Stephen D. Gorsalitz
        Presiding Judge – Family Division
Honorable Julie K. Phillips
Honorable G. Scott Pierangeli

Trial Division

Honorable Paul J. Bridenstine
        Presiding Judge – Trial Division
Honorable Gary C. Giguere, Jr.
Honorable Pamela L. Lightvoet
Honorable Alexander C. Lipsey



CURTIS J.BELL
  • Appointed to Kalamazoo County Probate Court, 2005; re-elected 2006 and 2012; serving in Probate Court
  • Chief Circuit/Probate Judge Pro Tempore 2018 - Present
  • Chief Circuit/Probate Judge 2014 - 2017
  • Presiding Judge, Family Division, 9th Circuit Court, 2010 to 2013
  • Managing partner in private practice law firm located in Kalamazoo, 1994-2005
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Iowa College of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, Michigan State University
  • Western Michigan University Adjunct Professor, Haworth College of Business, 2000-present
  • Jackson Community College Part Time Instructor, Jackson State Correctional Facilities Site, 1994-1996
  • Former Oshtemo Township Deputy Supervisor
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association, President 2008-2009
  • Southwest Michigan Probate Judges Association, President 2007-2008, Secretary 2006-2007, Treasurer 2013-present
  • Married with three children
PAUL J. BRIDENSTINE
  • Presiding Judge, Trial Division, 2016-Present
  • Appointed to the 9th Circuit Court, 2015; Elected in 2016
  • Chief 8th District Court Judge, 2004-2005; 2012-2015
  • 8th District Court Judge, 2000-2015
  • Mental Health Recovery Court, Presiding Judge, 2008-2013
  • Instructor, Dept. of Political Science, Western Michigan University, 2003-present
  • Assistant Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney, 1992-2000
  • Past President, Kalamazoo County Bar Association
  • Community Board Member, Family and Children Services
  • Juris Doctor, University of Detroit
  • Bachelor Arts in Economics, University of Notre Dame
GARY C. GIGUERE, JR.
  • Appointed to the Kalamazoo County Circuit Court, 2007; elected to six-year terms 2008, 2014; currently serving in Trial Division
  • Chief Judge Pro Tempore, Ninth Circuit Court, 2012 to 2015
  • Chief Judge Pro Tempore, Probate Court, 2014-2015
  • Presiding Judge, Trial Division, 2010 to 2012
  • Private Practice in Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1997-2007
  • Former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Kalamazoo County
  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Michigan-Flint
  • Past President, Kalamazoo County Bar Association
  • Past President, Kalamazoo County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past President, Kiwanis Club of Downtown Kalamazoo
  • Former Infantry Officer, Michigan Army National Guard
STEPHEN D. GORSALITZ
  • Elected Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge, 1998; re-elected 2004, 2010, and 2016; serving in Family Division
  • Chief Judge Pro Tempore, Ninth Circuit Court, 2002-2008
  • Chief Judge, Ninth Circuit Court, 2008 to 2014
  • Chief Judge, Kalamazoo County Probate Court, 2012 - 2014
  • Presiding Judge Family Division, 2002 - 2008, 2014 - present
  • Michigan Judges Association: President 2014, President-Elect 2013, Vice-President 2012, Secretary 2011, Board Treasurer 2010
  • Chief Justice Council 2013, 2014
  • Member Michigan Judges Association, Rules & Outreach committees
  • Judicial Council Board Member
  • Executive Judicial Council, 2016
PAMELA L. LIGHTVOET
  • Elected Kalamazoo County Circuit Court Judge, 2006; re-elected 2012
  • Secretary, Michigan Judges Association, December, 2015 - present
  • Treasurer, Michigan Judges Association, December, 2014 - 2015
  • Chair, Michigan Judges Association Outreach Committee, 2013 - 2015
  • Michigan Judges Association, Member, 2006 - present
  • State Bar of Michigan Judicial Executive Committee Member, 2011 - present
  • State Bar of Michigan Judicial Ethics Committee, 2015 - present
  • Michigan Court Reporting and Recording Board of Review, Michigan Supreme Court Appointment, 2013 - present
  • Kalamazoo County Business Court Judge, Michigan Supreme Court Appointment, 2014 - August 2016
  • Presiding Judge, Trial Division, 2012 - 2015
  • Chief Judge Pro Tempore, 2010 - 2012
  • Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Judge, 2012-2013
  • Private Practice, 1993 - 2006 (Partner 2001-2006)
  • Detroit College of Law (Michigan State University College of Law), Juris Doctor, 1992
  • Purdue University, Bachelor of Arts, 1989
  • Board of Directors, Greater Kalamazoo United Way, 2011 - 2012
  • Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo, 2008 - 2012
  • Former Instructor, Western Michigan University
ALEXANDER C. LIPSEY
  • Appointed to Kalamazoo County Circuit Court, 2007; re-elected 2008, 2010, and 2016; serving in Trial Division
  • Kalamazoo County Business Court Judge, Michigan Supreme Court Appointment, August 2016 - Present
  • Chief Circuit/Probate Judge, 2018 - Present
  • Chief Judge Circuit/Probate Pro Tempore, 2016 - 2017
  • State Representative, 2000-2006
  • Kalamazoo City Commission 1989-1995; Vice-Mayor 1993-1995
  • Private Practice, National Labor Relations Board, UAW GM Legal Services Plan
  • Attorney for Chapter 13 Trustee, Chapter 7 Trustee (Bankruptcy)
  • University of Michigan, Juris Doctor, 1977
  • Kalamazoo College, B.S. Physics, 1972
  • Member - Federal Bar Association, Michigan Bar Association, National Bar Association
  • Member - Michigan Judges Association Legislative Committee; Legislative Lawyers' Caucus; National Caucus of Environmental Legislators; Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments' Economic Development, Technology and Labor Committee; House Democratic Task Force on Early Childhood Education and Literacy, 2003; House Civics Commission, 2004-2007, Co-Chair 2005-2006; State Child Support Guidelines Committee, Chair 2004-2005; State Juvenile Waiver Review Committee - House of Representatives Legislative Liaison, 2004-2005; Dellums Commission - Joint Center Health Policy Institute, 2005; Law and Criminal Justice Committee- Standing Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures, 2005-2006; Delegate to Mexican State Visit - Economic Development, 2005
  • Member - MI Environmental Council, board member NAACP, past branch president; North Presbyterian Church, Elder; Leadership Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Nature Center Board; Kalamazoo College Board of Trustees; KPEP Board, Secretary; Chair, Court Collections Task Force
JULIE K. PHILLIPS
  • Appointed to Family Division 9th Circuit Court Jan 2, 2015
  • Elected Kalamazoo County District Court 2008; re-elected 2014 to present
  • Member, Michigan District Judges Association 2009 - 2014
  • Board Member, Legislative Committee of MDJA 2009 - 2014
  • Presiding Judge over Kalamazoo County Eviction Diversion pilot project; assisting several other counties with implementation 2010 - 2014
  • Presiding Judge over Civil District Bench Bar 2010 - 2014
  • Adjunct Professor at Western Michigan University 1994 - 1996
  • Adjunct Professor at Davenport University 1992 - 1994
  • Advisory Board Member Western Michigan University Haworth College of Business
  • Member Professional Executives and Administrators of Kalamazoo 2009 - 2014
  • Member American Bar Association
  • Member State Bar Association
  • Member Kalamazoo County Bar Association
  • Private Practice 1991 - 2008
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Dean's List 1991
  • Western Michigan University, Bachelor of Business Administration, Major in Finance
G. SCOTT PIERANGELI
  • Appointed to Kalamazoo County Probate Court, 2013; re-elected 2016; serving in Family Division of Circuit Court.
  • Cass County Attorney Referee 2013
  • Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney 1997-2012
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Toledo College of Law
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Western Michigan University
  • Brother Rice High School
  • Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity Board 2008-2014, Current President
  • Kalamazoo Sunrise Rotary, 2007-present.
  • Cub Scout Pack 288/ Boy Scout Troop 287 Leader 2005- present.