February 28, 2011
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.
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."
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
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.
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
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.