Attorney running for 45th District Court bench

Attorney Gil Whitney McRipley is running for the position of judge on the Oakland County 45th District Court bench.

The primary election is August 4.  There are six candidates who are vying for the office.  The cities of Oak Park, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, and the Charter Twp. of Royal Oak complete this judicial district. 

McRipley grew up in Royal Oak Township. He went to the Ferndale Public Schools and graduated in 1975.  He then was admitted to the University of Detroit and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1979. Following this degree, he attended the University of Michigan, earned a master’s degree in political science in 1982, and obtained his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1984.

McRipley was a social studies teacher until returning to the Charter Township of Royal Oak as the township’s supervisor to help save the community from receivership and dissolution. He began the practice of law in 1988 and has continued to do so for the last 32 years.

McRipley continually been to federal court, county courts, and the district courts for his entire practice assisting indigent individuals, children, parents, businesses, and decedent estates.  He has also dealt with capital (criminal life offenses) and non-capital offenses.

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