The Supreme Court has named Joseph J. Baumann, former counsel to the state House of Representatives majority caucus and deputy legal counsel to the Department of Community Health as its new General Counsel, succeeding Matthew Schneider. The Supreme Court’s counsel provides legal advice to the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, and the State Court Administrative Office, and serves as a liaison to the executive and legislative branches, representing the Court on policy and legislative issues. Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. said that Baumann was the unanimous choice of the Court.
In addition to his service in the House of Representatives and Department of Community Health, from 2006-2010, Baumann was an associate in the public policy and governmental relations division of Dykema Gossett, where he specialized in health care, real property, and energy litigation. He was the 2006 recipient of the Michigan State Police’s “Award for Professional Excellence” for the DCH’s Hurricane Katrina response. From 1998-2000, he was legislative assistant to Rep. Terry Geiger.
Baumann is a graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College and Thomas M. Cooley Law School.