Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Thursday that a Grand Rapids lawyer will take over as the state's solicitor general.
Aaron Lindstrom will replace departing Solicitor General John Bursch, who is returning to private practice at Warner Norcross & Judd, where Lindstrom was an attorney and where Schuette is a former partner. Lindstrom left the firm last year to serve as a deputy solicitor general.
Eric Restuccia, who served as solicitor general between 2008 and 2011, will remain as deputy solicitor general once Lindstrom takes office in December.
The solicitor general is responsible for representing the state before the Michigan Supreme Court and in any cases before the U.S. Supreme Court where the state is a party, and additionally heads up the appellate and opinions division of the attorney general's office.
Lindstrom, a West Point graduate, served for five years in the U.S. Army before earning a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, according to a statement from Schuette's office. Before joining Warner Norcross, he clerked for a federal appeals judge and was an appellate lawyer in the Washington office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
“Michigan’s Solicitor General Bureau has developed a strong reputation as a national leader in appellate advocacy,” Schuette said in a statement. “Aaron Lindstrom and Eric Restuccia are two talented professionals, and together they will ensure our appellate team achieves continued success in the courtroom. The People of Michigan are fortunate to have their commitment and dedication.”
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