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​Third District Judges

Jane M. Beckering

Judge Jane M. Beckering has served on the Michigan Court of Appeals since 2007. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Beckering was a trial attorney for 17 years. She began her career at McDermott, Will & Emery, LLP, in Chicago, Illinois, before she returned to her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and later founded the law firm of Buchanan & Beckering, PLC. Judge Beckering received her undergraduate degree, with distinction, from the University of Michigan and her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin. As a practicing lawyer, she was AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, earned a listing in “The Best Lawyers in America,” and was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers and Top 50 Women Lawyers by Michigan Super Lawyers

Judge Beckering is the Chief Judge Pro Tempore of the Court of Appeals. For the past 20 years she has served on the Steering Committee and is a former chairperson of the Hillman Advocacy Program, a learn-by-doing three-day trial skills workshop sponsored by the Western District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, where she has also taught and given faculty demonstrations. Judge Beckering is Vice President of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, and she recently completed 10 years of service on the Michigan Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions. Judge Beckering is a regular contributor to the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), and serves as co-consulting editor and chapter author of its litigation practice manual, Michigan Civil Procedure.
Term expires January 1, 2025.

Mark T. Boonstra

Judge Boonstra was appointed to the Court of Appeals in March, 2012, and he was subsequently elected in 2012, 2014, and 2020. In addition to his appellate duties, Judge Boonstra served a two-year term on the Michigan Court of Claims, by appointment of the Michigan Supreme Court, from May 1, 2015 to May 1, 2017, where his docket included cases arising out of the Flint Water Crisis. Prior to serving on the Court, Judge Boonstra was a senior principal in the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., where he practiced law for 27 years, including serving as a Deputy Chair of the firm’s Litigation practice group and as Co-Chair of its Appellate Practice section. At the time he joined the Court, he was recognized in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of: Antitrust Law; Appellate Practice; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Antitrust; Litigation - First Amendment; and Litigation - Securities. He previously also served as a Law Clerk to Hon. Ralph B. Guy, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1983 to 1985.
Judge Boonstra graduated from the University of Michigan in 1983 with both Juris Doctor and Master of Applied Economics degrees. He is also a 1979 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Michigan State University, with a B.A. in Political Science. A native of Muskegon, Michigan, Judge Boonstra graduated from Western Michigan Christian High School in 1975
Judge Boonstra has been active in the State Bar of Michigan, including serving in the Representative Assembly (2005–2011), as Chair of the Section on Antitrust, Franchising, and Trade Regulation (2000–2001), and as a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. From 2015-2020, he also served as Chair of the Michigan Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions, and he previously served as Vice-Chair of State of Michigan Retirement Board and the Michigan Judges Retirement Board.
Term expires January 1, 2027.  

Jane E. Markey

Judge Markey was elected to the Court in 1994. Previously, she had served as a district court judge, she was a prehearing attorney and law clerk for the Michigan Court of Appeals, and she worked as an attorney in private practice. Judge Markey received her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Term expires January 1, 2027.

James R​obert Redford 

Judge Redford was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2018. Prior to his appointment, he was the Director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and previously served as Governor Rick Snyder’s Chief Legal Counsel from January 2015 until February 2016.

Judge Redford was a Kent County Circuit Judge from 2003 until 2015. Prior to his election to the trial bench, he was in private practice with Plunkett & Cooney and served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan and on active duty in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps for five years. In addition to his active duty military service, he served in the Navy Reserves for twenty-three years in a variety of assignments including commanding officer of the Navy Reserve Trial Judiciary and five years as a trial judge in the Navy & Marine Corps Trial Judiciary. Judge Redford transferred to the retired – reserve list in August 2012 at the rank of Captain.

Judge Redford has been active in many Bar and community organizations. He has served on and been chair of the Michigan Supreme Court Model Civil Jury Instructions Committee. He is a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts of America. He has also served on several non-profit boards including the Boy Scouts of America, Gerald R. Ford Council and the West Michigan Shores Council of the Girl Scouts of America.

Judge Redford received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1982 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1985.
Term expires January 1, 2023. 

David H. Sawyer

Judge Sawyer was elected to the Court in 1986. Previously, he was the Kent County Prosecuting Attorney and a criminal justice teacher at Grand Rapids Junior College. Judge Sawyer received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and his law degree from Valparaiso School of Law.
Term expires January 1, 2023.

Douglas B. Shapiro  

Judge Shapiro was appointed to the Court in 2009.  Before taking the bench, Judge Shapiro was in private practice for 17 years as a partner in the firm of Muth and Shapiro, PC, specializing in personal injury and civil rights litigation.  Earlier he represented indigent criminal defendants as an attorney with the State Appellate Defendant Office. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Justice James H. Brickley of the Michigan Supreme Court. He received his bachelor’s degree (with high distinction) from the University of Michigan and his law degree (cum laude), from the University of Michigan Law School. He also studied at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland.  He is a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions and the board of the Prisons and Corrections Section of the Michigan State Bar. 
Term expires January 1, 2025.