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Snyder appoints judge to 61st District Court

December 17, 2014
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Snyder appoints judge to 61st District Court
Michael Distel. Courtesy State of Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder has appointed a judge to the 61st District Court in Grand Rapids.

Michael Distel will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Benjamin Logan, Snyder said last week.

Distel must seek election in November 2016 for the balance of the term.

“Mike is known in the Grand Rapids community to be a hard-working attorney, respected for both his good character and his deep knowledge of the law,” Snyder said. “I am confident he will do great work representing the people of Michigan.”

Legal background

Distel is a senior attorney with Bolhouse, Baar & Lefere in Grandville. He has been with the firm since 2012, focusing on creditors' rights and workers' compensation defense.

Distel previously worked with Nantz, Litowich, Smith, Girard & Hamilton and was in private practice with a number of other firms in the Grand Rapids area.

Distel serves on the state Military Appeals Tribunal and the State Bar of Michigan Civil Procedure & Court Committee.

He is a member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Detroit.

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