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Snyder appoints two judges to 3rd Circuit, 37th District courts

Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday announced the appointments of Martha Snow, of Northville, to the 3rd Circuit Court in Wayne County, and Dean Ausilio, of Warren, to the 37th District Court in Macomb County.

“Martha Snow and Dean Ausilio are experienced attorneys with decades of service and involvement in their communities. I am confident both will be outstanding additions to the bench as judges for residents in southeast Michigan,” Snyder said.

Snow fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Gershwin Drain. She is a shareholder of the Xuereb Snow law firm and has more than 20 years of experience as a civil trial lawyer, primarily practicing family law. Snow previously was a special assistant attorney general, shareholder of the Martha M. Snow law firm, and an associate attorney at Pepper and Associates. She was admitted to the state bar in 1991, and has a law degree from Wayne State University Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.

Ausilio fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Dawnn M. Gruenburg. He is a partner of the Law Offices of Ausilio and Ausilio, where he has practiced family law and other civil and criminal law matters for more than 20 years. He previously served as special assistant attorney general, deputy treasurer for the city of Warren, and was an associate attorney at the Bailey and Tull law firm. Ausilio has law and bachelor’s degrees from Wayne State University.

Snow and Ausilio must both seek election in November 2014 to serve the remainder of the terms expiring Jan. 1, 2017.

Firm is recipient of excellence award for 15th consecutive year

Trott & Trott, P.C., a Farmington Hills-based law firm serving the mortgage banking industry, has been named a recipient of USFN’s 2012 Diamond Award of Excellence.

The USFN Award of Excellence program was initiated in 1993 to recognize and encourage member firms to develop and maintain high standards of excellence in service to industry clients and their communities. The Award of Excellence is given annually to USFN member firms who meet rigorous standards that evaluate professional activities, industry volunteerism, and community and charity involvement by the firm.

“Our team is comprised of dedicated individuals who continually strive to exceed the goals and standards set not only by our firm, but also by our industry and community,” Trott Managing Partner Jeffrey Raff said. “To have those efforts recognized with this prestigious award for the 15th consecutive year is truly an honor.”

Recipients of this award are celebrated each year at USFN’s Annual Member Education Retreat, held in the fall.