Randy L. Tahvonen bio

Hon. Randy L. Tahvonen (Ret.)

Shareholder / Lansing



Education

  • Detroit College of Law (J.D., 1973)
  • Michigan State University (B.A., 1970)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan
Experience
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Hon. Randy L. Tahvonen (Ret.) joins the firm as a Shareholder focusing on alternative dispute resolution.

Before joining Fraser Trebilcock, Mr. Tahvonen served Clinton and Gratiot Counties for 42 years, including 15 years as Chief Judge, before retiring in January, 2021. While judge, he handled the majority of the felony criminal docket, divorce cases not involving children, and the entire civil litigation docket in both counties.

Mr. Tahvonen served as the reporter of the State Bar Committee on Standard Criminal Jury Instructions for 20 years; as an adjunct professor at Cooley Law School for 30 years; as a faculty member of the Michigan Judicial Institute, the National Judicial College and the American Academy of Judicial Education; and a guest lecturer for judicial associations throughout the United States and Canada. He also served as a visiting judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals on more than twenty occasions.

Professional Associations
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  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Clinton County Bar Association
  • Gratiot County Bar Association
  • Ingham County Bar Association
Honors & Distinctions
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  • Reporter of the State Bar Committee on Standard Criminal Jury Instructions
  • Adjunct Professor at Cooley Law School
Publications & Presentations
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  • Guest lecturer on legal philosophy, judicial decision making and evidence for judicial associations throughout the United States and in Canada.