SAGINAW, MI — An attorney for practically 30 decades with the depth of experience that arrives with it, local lawyer Andrew D. Concannon has thrown his hat in the ring to be Saginaw County’s upcoming Circuit Court decide.
Concannon, 55, is managing for the seat that will be vacated at year’s stop by retiring Choose James T. Borchard, whose court docket exclusively handles youngster custody, divorce, and spouse and children law-similar files. His substitute will manage this position.
Concannon graduated from Troy Athens Superior Faculty in 1985, soon after which he attended Michigan Condition University and majored in History. He then attended University of Detroit Regulation School, graduating from there in 1993.
“In higher education, I focused on getting a social scientist or an legal professional,” Concannon reported. “I finally gravitated to the regulation mainly because I thought it was a noble contacting and an attention-grabbing program of examine with mental rigor. I was proved proper on both of those counts.”
Concannon handed the Michigan Bar Examination on his first tried in July 1993, becoming sworn in as an legal professional soon thereafter. He is certified to exercise in the two of Michigan’s federal courts, as properly as the federal courts in Illinois, Wisconsin, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Courtroom.
“My several encounters in 28 many years as an legal professional have supplied me with scores of appealing and difficult problems that I could not picture grappling with in a further area of employment,” Concannon explained.
Concannon’s aim has been as a litigator and trial attorney, getting managed disputes involving persons, enterprises, and governments.
“My practice, and my consumer base, are diverse,” he mentioned. “I stand for farmers negotiating loans with banks, individuals in small business disputes, individuals in family members and trust disputes, as well as symbolizing parties in circumstances involving municipal issues like zoning and municipal governance. It is by significantly the most diversified knowledge of any prospect in this race.”
Due to the fact 2001, Concannon has been a lover with the organization of Smith Bovill, which has offices at 200 St. Andrews Highway in Saginaw and 140 W. Tuscola St. in Frankenmuth.
Concannon believes he’s the best candidate for the judgeship based on his several years of legal practical experience, which he refers to as “deep and various.”
“I have argued about 50 appeals while my opponents put together have argued fewer than 10,” he claimed. “I have experimented with a lot more than two dozen jury trials. My opponents total significantly less than 50 percent of that. I am the only prospect in this race to have both the highest score for legal capacity and ethics by the most regarded lawyer score company, Martindale Hubbell (‘AV-Preeminent’) as perfectly as the Wolverine Bar Association judicial candidate ranking of ‘Well Qualified.’”
Even though he acknowledged the working experience of his four fellow candidates, Concannon reported depth, assortment, and duration issues when picking out the county’s future decide.
“The Circuit Court presides above felony cases, civil instances, scenarios involving statements for evaluate of the Constitution and statutes, statements for injunctive relief, declaratory relief as perfectly as household regulation matters,” he reported. “I am the only applicant who has the depth and breadth of experience to cope with all kinds of these conditions since I have dealt with all of them above the last 28 decades.”
To Concannon, this expertise matters since it “is the vital component to tell a judge on a honest disposition of the make any difference right before him or her. Realizing the legislation alone is not adequate.”
If elected, Concannon stated he would search to develop both digital filing and distant engineering.
“Saginaw County is in the early stages of electronic submitting and I would be really lively in doing the operate needed to make it do well and as shortly as attainable,” he stated. “Likewise, Zoom technological innovation is right here to keep in all our working day-to-working day lives and the courtroom practical experience is transforming as properly to allow additional and a lot more issues to be managed remotely. This promotes fewer pricey litigation and attorney cost cost, and I would actively advertise distant engineering.”
Equally, he would be active in checking and advertising and marketing different dispute resolutions in the situations before him and would go to conduct expeditious trials when settlements are not alternatives.
“It is important that the litigants experience the choose takes an curiosity in their case, and that they will have their day in court as soon as doable,” he explained.
Concannon is married to Saginaw native Tracy Wait, who was in the to start with graduating class of Nouvel Catholic Central in 1985. They satisfied even though attending MSU and she “has remained my finest buddy and partner for the previous 35 decades,” Concannon said.
The couple has two adult sons, William Concannon, 26, and Ethan Concannon, 22. The former is an honors graduate from Clemson University in Laptop or computer Science and acquired his Master’s Degree in Personal computer Analytics from Ga Tech in the drop of 2021. He is a data scientist in Chicago.
The latter is to graduate in May possibly from the College of Michigan with levels in Personal computer Science and Arithmetic. He is now interning as a computer software engineer for a start-up in Chicago.
Concannon said he has gained endorsements from labor corporations, elected officials from each get-togethers at the condition and community levels, and from quite a few community attorneys.
marketing campaign web site is obtainable at www.concannonforjudge.com.
He is a person of 5 candidates vying for Borchard’s seat, the some others becoming Debra S. Kauten, Janey J. Lamar, Brittany Dicken, and Megan Cottington-Heath. All their names will look on the Aug. 2 standard election ballot, with the two who garner the most votes advancing to the Nov. 8 standard election.
“Every applicant has some degree of working experience,” Concannon mentioned. “The voters have noticed our indicators and our names on billboards. Ultimately even though, it is my hope that the voters will look into on their possess if they can, evaluate the mailings they may well get, and also appear on the web at all of the website web pages to evaluate and distinction the candidates, and to weigh the knowledge that every candidate would provide to the bench if elected. I believe that, if specified that likelihood, I will establish worthy of the vote of the voters of Saginaw County.
“I hope the citizens of our wonderful county can search to our race (even with the fact that it will be straightforward to miss out on at the base of the ballot) and cast an educated vote,” he mentioned.
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