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Ninth Judicial Circuit Court


Chief Circuit/Probate Judge: Honorable Curtis J. Bell

Family Division

Honorable Patricia N. Conlon
Honorable Stephen D. Gorsalitz
Honorable G. Scott Pierangeli

Trial Division

Honorable Gary C. Giguere, Jr.
Honorable Pamela L. Lightvoet
Honorable Alexander C. Lipsey

  • Appointed to Kalamazoo County Probate Court, 2005; serving in Family Division of Circuit Court
  • Chief Circuit/Probate Judge 2014
  • 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, 2000-2010
  • 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
  • Married with three children
  • Elected Kalamazoo County Probate Judge, 1996; re-elected 2002 and 2008; serving in Circuit Court Family Division.
  • Chief Judge Pro Tempore, Kalamazoo County Probate Court, 2012 to 2013
  • Presiding Judge, Family Division, 9th Circuit Court, 2008-2010
  • Private Practice in Kalamazoo, 1980-1983, 1989-1996
  • Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, 1983-1989
  • University of Dayton, B.A.; Wayne State University, J.D.
  • Past President, Southwest Michigan Probate Judges Association
  • Edison Neighborhood Association Board of Trustees, 2000-2004
  • Oshtemo Rotary Board of Directors, 2002-2004
  • Portage Community Outreach Center Board of Directors, 2002-2008
  • President, Portage Lions Club , 2004-2005
  • Appointed to the Kalamazoo County Circuit Court, 2007; elected to six-year term, 2008; serving in Trial Division.
  • Chief Judge Pro Tempore, Ninth Circuit Court, 2012 to present
  • Chief Judge Pro Tempore, Probate Court, 2014
  • Presiding Judge, Trial Division, 2010 to 2012
  • Private Practice in Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1997-2007
  • Former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Kalamazoo County
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • University of Michigan-Flint
  • Past President, Kalamazoo County Bar Association
  • Past President, Kalamazoo County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Elected Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge, 1998; re-elected 2004 and 2010; serving in Family Division
  • Chief Judge, Ninth Circuit Court and Kalamazoo County Probate Court, 2012 to 2013
  • Chief Judge, Ninth Circuit Court, 2008 to 2012
  • Chief Judge Pro Tempore, Ninth Circuit Court, 2002-2008
  • Presiding Judge Family Division, 2002 - 2008, 2014
  • Presides over Family Dependency Treatment Court
  • Michigan Judges Association, Rules Committee
  • Michigan Judges Association, Domestic Relations Committee
  • Michigan Judges Association, Board Treasurer 2010, Secretary 2011, Vice-President 2012, President Elect 2013
  • Judicial Council Board Member
  • Chief Justice Council
  • Elected Kalamazoo County Circuit Court Judge, 2006; re-elected 2012 serving in Trial Division
  • Presiding Judge, Trial Division, 2012 to present
  • Chief Judge Pro Tempore, Ninth Circuit Court, 2010 to 2012
  • Member, Michigan Judges Association, Executive Board Member
  • Member, Michigan Judges Association, Rules Committee 2006-present
  • Member, State Bar Judicial Executive Committee
  • Chair, Michigan Judges Association, Executive Board Member.
  • Member, Michigan Court Reporting and Recording Board of Review, Michigan Supreme Court Appointment 2013-present
  • Judge, Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Program, 2012-2013
  • Private Practice, 1993-2006 (Partner 2001-2006)
  • Detroit College of Law (now 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
  • Member Kalamazoo County Bar Association
  • Member American Bar Association
  • Past Instructor, Western Michigan University
  • 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
  • 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.


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