Snyder appoints chief legal counsel


James Redford. Courtesy state of Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder has appointed a judge with local ties to be his chief legal counsel.

Snyder said yesterday that Judge James Robert Redford will serve in the role in the governor’s Executive Office. He replaces Mike Gadola, who was appointed to be a Michigan Court of Appeals judge this month.

Redford will begin his new role on Jan. 14.

Legal background

Redford, of East Grand Rapids, has served as Kent County Circuit Court judge since 2003, following a diverse career practicing law in state, federal and military courts.

Redford was a candidate to be a justice of the Michigan Supreme Court this November.

He has nearly three decades of service in the U.S. Navy as part of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, including five as a military trial judge.

He also served eight years as a federal prosecutor in the Western District of Michigan, before joining Plunkett & Cooney in private practice and being elected to the Kent County Circuit Court in 2002.

Redford earned his bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and earned his law degree from the University of Detroit.

Redford also studied at the University of Notre Dame’s London Law Center in the summer of 1984.

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