Kalamaoo County

Ninth Judicial Circuit Court

JUDGES OF THE 9TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT

Chief Circuit/Probate Judge: Honorable Curtis J. Bell

Family Division

Honorable Stephen D. Gorsalitz
Honorable Julie K. Phillips
Honorable G. Scott Pierangeli

Trial Division

Honorable Paul J. Bridenstine
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 2014 - present
  • 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; serving in Trial Division
  • 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 2016
  • Chief Judge Pro Tempore, Probate Court, 2014-2016
  • 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 and 2010; 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 - present
  • 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; serving in Trial Division
  • 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 - 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; 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.