Brighton attorney Matthew J. McGivney has been tapped by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to replace 44th Circuit Court David Reader, who is stepping down from his seat. McGivney will need to run for the seat in November 2020 in order to serve the final two years of Reader’s unexpired term.
McGivney, a partner at McGivney Law Firm in Brighton, joined his father’s practice in 2001. A press release from Whitmer’s office detailed some of McGivney’s legal experience, including negotiating complex settlements, arguing cases in both district and circuit courts, including motion hearings, formal hearings, and evidentiary hearings and trials. He has also been an appointed mediator for domestic relations and probate matters by his peers.
McGivney, who ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for the 47th District state House seat in 2002, losing to Joe Hune, has a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science from Michigan State University, and is a graduate of MSU’s College of Law.