Valvo to succeed Easthope in 15th District Court


Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday announced the appointment of Karen Valvo, of Ann Arbor, to the 15th District Court, City of Ann Arbor.

“Through many years of practicing before the 15th District Court, Karen Valvo has established an excellent reputation in the Ann Arbor legal community and has acquired a detailed knowledge of the district court’s problem-solving specialty dockets that will serve Ann Arbor residents well,” Snyder said.

Valvo is a a partner with the law firm of Fink & Valvo, with a primary practice of family law, mediation and arbitration, landlord/tenant issues, real estate transactions, along with probate and general civil litigation. She has also handled criminal matters as an appointed defense attorney. Valvo earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and public law and government from Eastern Michigan University and a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. She fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Christopher S. Easthope.

Valvo must seek election in Nov. 2016 to be retained for the remainder of the term.

Snyder also announced the appointment of Larry Williams, of Detroit, to the 36th District Court, City of Detroit. and  appointed attorney Michael Pope, of Ironwood, to the 32nd Circuit Court in Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties.