Raymond J. Kostrzewa appointed Muskegon County District Court judge to complete Judge Nolan's term

By Diana L. Coleman
Legal News

Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder, announced the appointment of Raymond J. Kostrzewa to fill the vacancy created by the recent retirement of District Judge Michael J. Nolan.

Kostrzewa will be seated by appointment until 2016 at which time he must run for election to continue to hold that judicial seat.

With more than 20 years of legal experience, Kostrzewa is currently serving as the county’s chief trial attorney and was appointed to that position in 2013 by Muskegon County Prosecutor D. J. Hilson. In that position he has handled major felony trials and overseen assistant prosecutors. He served as senior assistant prosecutor for ten years.

Prior to that, Kostrzewa practiced with Kitch, Saurbier, Drutchas, Wagner & Kenney in Detroit. He received his law degree from University of Detroit and his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University.

He sits on the advisory board of the Muskegon Salvation Army and the Capital Campaign board of directors for the United Way of the Lakeshore.

“Raymond Kostrzewa has demonstrated himself to be a well-prepared, fair, and hard-working attorney through many years of trial court experience,” Snyder commented in a prepared statement. “I am confident that these attributes, which have earned him great respect in the Muskegon legal community, will allow him to be an effective judge.”

Kostrzewa will join Chief Judge Maria Ladas Hoopes, Andrew Wierengo, III, and Harold F. Closz, III to complete the 60th District Court’s judicial bench.

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