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Brian Zahra (R)


Born: January 9, 1960
Term: January 1, 2023
Phone: 5173730128

EDUCATION

Justice Brian Zahra receive his Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University in 1984 and graduated from the University Of Detroit School Of Law in 1987.

BACKGROUND

Justice Zahra was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Supreme Court on January 14, 2011.  He was elected in November 2012 to a partial term and then re-elected in November 2014 to a full term.

Prior to serving in the Michigan Supreme Court, he served as law clerk to Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan before joining and eventually becoming a partner in the law firm of Dickinson, Wright, Moon, Van Dusen & Freeman.

In 1994, Governor John Engler appointed him to the Wayne County Circuit Court where he was elected to a six-year term in 1996. He was appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals by Governor Engler in 1998 and was elected to six-year terms in 2000 and 2006. From December 2005 to January 2007, he served as the Court of Appeals’ Chief Judge Pro Tem.

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