McDonald officially files for circuit court candidacy


 Family law attorney Karen McDonald filed petitions with the Secretary of State’s office and will be a candidate for judge for the 6th Circuit Court in Oakland County. McDonald, a partner with the law firm Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer, & Weiss PC, is running to fill the position that will be left vacant by the retirement of Judge Edward Sosnick.

“Through my work with the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office and in private practice I have worked with families in all types of difficult situations,” McDonald said. “When children are exposed to our legal system it is a jarring, frightening experience. I want to put my experience to use protecting these children and ensuring their best interests are served when they come into contact with the 6th Circuit Court.”
McDonald is an experienced litigator and advocate for families and children who brings nearly 20 years of professional experience to the bench.  She attained a 100 percent jury trial conviction rate as a prosecutor with the Oakland County Prosecutor’s office where she prosecuted felony matters, child sexual assault cases, and juvenile matters.
McDonald’s education includes a B.A. in English from Alma College and J.D. from Wayne State University Law School where she graduated cum laude and was a law review editor.  Her career began as a high school English teacher but she quickly realized her real passion lay in the law.
Her law career began as a research attorney for the Court of Appeals. In 1999 she joined the Oakland County Prosecutor’s office.
After joining Bodman LLP as a general commercial litigation associate in 2004, she began a career as a family law attorney at Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer, & Weiss PC where she practices to this day as an equity partner.  She has focused her practice on family law, but has also handled general civil matters and the occasional criminal matter.
A committed community volunteer, McDonald serves as a Board Member for Starfish, a non-profit organization that helps underprivileged children and families in southwest Wayne County.  She is married to attorney Jeffrey Weiss and they reside with their five children in Birmingham.


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