Governor appoints Richard LaFlamme to 4th Circuit Court to replace Schmucker

Gov. Rick Snyder has announced the appointment of Richard LaFlamme to the 4th Circuit Court in Jackson County.

LaFlamme will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Chad Schmucker.

"Richard LaFlamme is an excellent addition to the Jackson County Circuit Court bench," said Snyder.

"He brings years of experience and a solid understanding of the law. Rick stood out as the most qualified candidate and will be an outstanding judge."

LaFlamme opened his own law firm in 1989 and specializes in employment, commercial and business law, and civil litigation.

He has tried numerous cases at the state and federal levels. He previously worked at Dykema Gossett.

LaFlamme is a 1971 graduate of William G. Mather High School in Munising.

After four years of active duty in the Army, he earned a bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University in 1977.

In 1980 he received a law degree from the University of Michigan.

He currently serves as a trustee and vice chairman of Allegiance Health and was a board member of the Jackson County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority from 1999-2009.

A Clarklake resident, LaFlamme has been a Jackson County resident since 1982.

He and his wife Kathy have five children.

LaFlamme's appointment runs through Jan. 1, 2013.

He will have to seek election in 2012 for the balance of the term which ends in 2016.

Published: Mon, Aug 29, 2011

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