Schuette Appoints Lindstrom Solicitor General

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November 21, 2013

        LANSING – Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced the appointment of Aaron Lindstrom as Solicitor General, effective December 7, 2013.  Lindstrom will work with Deputy Solicitor General Eric Restuccia to advance the Department of Attorney General's nationally recognized appellate advocacy in both state and federal courts.

"Michigan's Solicitor General Bureau has developed a strong reputation as a national leader in appellate advocacy," said Schuette.  "Aaron Lindstrom and Eric Restuccia are two talented professionals, and together they will ensure our appellate team achieves continued success in the courtroom.  The People of Michigan are fortunate to have their commitment and dedication."

Aaron Lindstrom, of Grand Rapids, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served in the Army for five years on active duty as a cavalry officer.  After completing his service, he graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and clerked for the Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  He then worked in the appellate and constitutional law practice group of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Washington, D.C. office, and in the appellate practice group of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He joined the Department's Solicitor General Bureau in 2012. 

Lindstrom has worked on numerous appeals in federal and state appellate courts, including seven cases heard on the merits in the U.S. Supreme Court.  He has received a distinguished brief award for briefing in the Michigan Supreme Court and a best brief award from the National Association of Attorneys General for briefing in the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Lindstrom will succeed Solicitor General John Bursch, who will return to private practice at the firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP in December 2013. 

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 Michigan Department of Attorney General in 2003.  Restuccia has received a best brief award from the National Association of Attorneys General for briefing in the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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.