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Schuette Appoints Bursch Solicitor General

Contact: John Sellek or Joy Yearout 517-373-8060

February 28,  2011

            LANSING - Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced two key appointments to his new administration, naming John Bursch as Solicitor General and Eric Restuccia as Deputy Solicitor General. 

"Michigan's challenges demand the best and brightest minds," said Schuette.  "By teaming up John Bursch and Eric Restuccia on our appellate team, Michigan has the best one-two punch of any Attorney General's office in America.  It is like having Maris and Mantle in the same lineup."

Bursch currently chairs the Appellate Practice and Public Affairs Litigation Groups at Warner Norcross & Judd and has a nationally-recognized career as a successful appellate attorney at every level of the Michigan and federal appellate systems. 

Bursch has earned state and national awards for his appellate advocacy, including Distinguished Brief Awards for his advocacy before the Michigan Supreme Court.  Michigan Super Lawyers recently listed Bursch as one of Michigan's "Top 100" lawyers.  He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America and is a Fellow of The Litigation Counsel of America.

Bursch has served in leadership positions for a number of appellate bar associations and community organizations, and is currently the immediate Past-Chair of the American Bar Association's Council of Appellate Lawyers.  Bursch previously served as the Co-Chair of the Supreme Court subcommittee of the ABA's Section of Litigation, and as an officer for the Michigan State Bar's Appellate Practice Section. 

Restuccia previously served as Michigan's Solicitor General from 2008 - 2011.  During his tenure, the U.S. Supreme Court granted six petitions filed by the State of Michigan.  Restuccia is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania and a 1993 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.  Restuccia clerked for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Comstock Riley from 1995 - 1997, and subsequently served as an assistant prosecutor in Wayne County.  He joined the Attorney General's Office in 2003.

MCL 14.28 authorizes the Attorney General to appoint a Solicitor General to represent the State Government before the Supreme Court, and to perform other duties that may be assigned. The Solicitor General also serves as head of the Department of Attorney General's Appellate and Opinions Divisions.

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