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​Fourth District Judges

Stephen L. Borrello

Judge Borrello was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2003, elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2006. He served as an attorney and partner with the law firm Gilbert, Smith & Borrello, P.C. in Saginaw, Michigan. Judge Borrello also served as an assistant prosecuting attorney from 1988 to 1990 in Saginaw County. He earned his B.A. from Albion College and his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Saginaw Valley State University where he teaches Criminal Procedure and Evidence.
Term expires January 1, 2025.
 

Michael F. Gadola

Judge Gadola was appointed to the Court effective January 5, 2015.  He is a graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College (B.A., 1985) and graduated with honors from the Wayne State University Law School (J.D., 1990), where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Wayne Law Review.  He practiced law with the Dickinson Wright law firm in both Detroit and Lansing.  He served as Deputy Legal Counsel, Counsel for Executive Organization, and Director of the Office of Regulatory Reform for Governor John Engler.  He went on to serve as House Majority Counsel in the Michigan Legislature and as Michigan Supreme Court Counsel.  He then served as Legal Counsel to Governor Rick Snyder. Judge Gadola is a fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society, a member of the Advisory Board for the Michigan Chapter of the Federalist Society, and is a former chairman of the Saint Vincent Catholic Charities board of directors and former board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing.
Term expires January 1, 2023.
 

Michael J. Kelly

Judge Kelly was elected to the Court in 2008. After serving as a judicial advisory assistant to a circuit court judge, he worked as a trial lawyer in private practice for twenty years. He attended Michigan State University and earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan – Flint in 1984. Following his enrollment at the Detroit College of Law, he was accepted as a participant in the London Law Program at Regents College in London, England in 1987 and received his J.D. from the D.C.L. in 1988. He is a former adjunct professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Ferris State University where he taught Criminal Law and Procedure.
Term expires January 1, 2027.
 

Amy Ronayne Krause

Judge Amy Ronayne Krause was appointed to the Court of Appeals in November of 2010. Previously, she served as a judge on the 54A District Court in Lansing for nearly eight years, at which time she initiated a domestic violence treatment court with great success at reducing repeat offenders and changing behavior of domestic violence offenders. Judge Ronayne Krause received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
 
Judge Ronayne Krause began her legal career as a litigation attorney for a private law firm and then served eight years as an assistant prosecuting attorney, including 4 years supervising a sex crimes prosecution unit. In 1997, she was appointed an Assistant Attorney General by then Attorney General Frank J. Kelley and was the first recipient of the Frank J. Kelley Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. Judge Ronayne Krause worked for the Attorney General’s office for more than six years. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Ronayne Krause was elected to serve on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners, during which time she chaired the Law and Courts committee. She was an adjunct professor for the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School and has lectured for the Prosecuting Attorney Association of Michigan (PAAM) and the Criminal Defense Attorneys Association of Michigan (CDAM). She has also taught for the Michigan Judicial Institute, including teaching other district judges at the New Judges Seminar. Judge Ronayne Krause has also served as faculty for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, training other judges on a national level regarding best practices in handling domestic violence cases.
 
Judge Ronayne Krause is also a member and Chairperson of the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, as well as being the chairperson of a statewide effort to effectively investigate sexual assault cases for the State of Michigan. She volunteers to judge mock trial competitions, moot court competitions and to guest lecture for law schools, including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Judge Ronayne Krause is a member of the Appellate Practice, Criminal Law, Family Law and Negligence Law sections of the State Bar. She is also a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and the National Association of Women Judges.
 
In September 2007, Judge Ronayne Krause was recognized statewide for her outstanding work in domestic violence prevention and community service with the State Bar of Michigan’s Champion of Justice Award. In 2012, she was also awarded the Distinguished Barrister Award from the Davis-Dunnings Bar Association and in 2010, the Community Service Award from the Greater Lansing Area Chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. (GLAC-NANBPW). She has previously served her community as a board member with the Lansing Educational Advancement Foundation (LEAF) and the Uplift Our Youth Foundation. Currently, she serves on the American Red Cross Bio-Tech Sub-Committee for the Mid-Michigan Chapter and the Williamston Theatre Board of Directors. Judge Ronayne Krause was appointed in 2011 by the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader to the State Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee and in 2013 became chair of the committee and continues in that position presently. 

Judge Ronayne Krause is married to Kurt E. Krause and they currently care for 3 rescue dogs.
Term expires January 1, 2027.
 

Michelle M. RICK

The Honorable Michelle Rick was elected to the Michigan Court of Appeals bench in November 2020, and began serving her term in January 2021. Judge Rick represents the 4th Judicial District. Judge Rick served as a trial judge for the 29th Circuit Court from 2007- 2020. Before that, Judge Rick worked briefly as a private practitioner before transitioning to a career in public service. That service included working as an assistant prosecutor, a senior assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan, and deputy legal counsel to Michigan’s Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. 

Judge Rick is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She is a member of the UDM Law Justice Frank Murphy Honor Society. Judge Rick is a District Director for the National Association of Women Judges. She is an Officer of the Michigan Judges Association and a member of the State Bar of Michigan Judicial Council. Judge Rick is a member of the Michigan Bar Association Limited Scope Representation work group, and she serves as an advisor to the State Bar Affordable Legal Services committee. Judge Rick is also a committee member of the State Bar Corrections and Prisons section.

In 2015, the Women Lawyers Association of Mid-Michigan awarded Judge Rick the Carolyn A. Stell Award. January 2019, the Michigan Supreme Court recognized Judge Rick as a judge who gives back and makes a difference. In 2020, the State Bar of Michigan awarded Judge Rick and select University of Detroit Mercy School of Law faculty and students the Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award. The award was given for creating and executing “Project Access” a traveling expungement clinic that brought expungement relief to 6 rural communities in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

Judge Rick teaches Access to Justice at Detroit Mercy Law School. She is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at various statewide and local law-related events. Judge Rick is a Michigan State Bar Foundation Fellow and an American Bar Foundation Fellow. Judge Rick is married to her college sweetheart, Matthew, and they have 4 children.  
Term expires January 1, 2027. 
 

Brock A. Swartzle

Judge Brock A. Swartzle was appointed to the Court in 2017. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Swartzle was Chief of Staff for the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, as well as General Counsel for the House, where he worked on numerous legal and policy issues, including the Detroit bankruptcy settlement package. Judge Swartzle was previously a litigation partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, where he practiced in antitrust, healthcare fraud, white-collar crime, securities, and other areas. Judge Swartzle had extensive experience in federal court prior to joining the Michigan Court of Appeals, clerking for three years in both the Eastern District of Michigan and the Western District of Michigan, as well as four years with the Hon. David W. McKeague on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Judge Swartzle currently sits on the editorial board of the American Bar Association's Appellate Practice Journal, a publication for which he was Co-Editor-in-Chief for several years, as well as on the George Mason Law & Economics Center's Judicial Education Advisory Board. He has authored numerous legal articles as well as co-authored a chapter in the practitioner treatise, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts (West). Judge Swartzle received his B.S. with distinction from the University of Michigan and his J.D. with honors from George Mason University School of Law, where he served on the George Mason Law Review Board of Editors.

Judge Swartzle is married with three children. He volunteers with the UofM Club of Greater Lansing and is a member of the Williamston United Methodist Church.
Term expires January 1, 2023.