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Macomb County

Judge Carl J. Marlinga

Judge Carl J. Marlinga was elected to the Macomb County Probate Court for the six year term beginning January 1, 2013. Judge Marlinga previously served as the prosecuting attorney for Macomb County, having been elected to that position in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000.

Judge Marlinga began his professional career as an associate with the Law Offices of Paul L. Nine, which later became the Nine and Maister Law Firm of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was also an associate with the law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn of Detroit, Michigan. In 1982 he became a partner with the Southfield law firm of Bushnell Gage Doctoroff and Reizen.

Judge Marlinga also served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Macomb County, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and a Special Trial attorney with the U.S. Justice Department’s Organized Crime Strike Force, assigned to the Detroit office. As an Assistant United States Attorney he was awarded a commendation by the United States Attorney General for his work in white collar crime prosecutions involving frauds perpetrated on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In a 30 year period from 1982 through 2012 Judge Marlinga was continuously rated as an “AV Preeminent” attorney by the Martindale-Hubbell lawyer rating service, which is the highest ranking available for both legal ability and ethical standards. He was recognized by the National Association for the Mentally Ill (N.A.M.I.) for his advocacy on behalf of the mentally ill. Turning Point, the Macomb County advocacy group and shelter-provider for battered spouses, honored him for his work on behalf of victims of domestic violence.  He was instrumental in establishing the Macomb Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (S.A.N.E.) program to allow prompt examination and support services for victims of criminal sexual conduct. He also was a founding board member of Care House, which provides similar services to child victims of criminal sexual conduct.

Judge Marlinga was the first prosecutor in Macomb County history to hire African American assistant prosecutors. He also greatly expanded opportunities for women lawyers in the prosecutor’s office, increasing the number of women assistant prosecutors (from 4 out of 56 in 1984) to over 50% of the staff of assistant prosecutors when he left in 2004.

Judge Marlinga is a 1968 graduate of the University of Detroit where he was awarded an A.B. degree, summa cum laude. He is also a 1971 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.