Presiding probate judge appointed in Macomb County

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published February 4, 2020

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MACOMB COUNTY — On Jan. 28, Macomb County Circuit Court Chief Judge James Biernat announced that he named Judge Sandra Harrison as presiding judge of the Macomb County Probate Court.

She will join Chief Judge Pro Tem and Presiding Judge of the Family Division Matthew Switalski; Presiding Judge of the Civil Criminal Division Richard L. Caretti; and Presiding Judge of the 42nd District Court Denis R. LeDuc as part of Biernat’s administrative team for the county-funded courts of Macomb County.

Harrison graduated from the University of Michigan in 1993 and received a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in English and sociology. She then received her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1997. She started her legal career at Salvatore D. Palombo & Associates, P.C., with practice areas including family law, estate planning, criminal and general civil. She also worked as an attorney with Simasko, Simasko & Simasko, P.C. for 15 years, where her primary areas of practice were family law, estate planning and probate litigation.

She was appointed to the Macomb County Probate bench on April 24, 2017, by Gov. Rick Snyder. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Macomb County Bar Association. She lives in Shelby Township with her husband and three daughters.

“Judge Harrison has proven herself an able jurist during her three years on the probate bench, and has proven equally capable of — and willing to — assist with the administrative responsibilities of the Probate Court,” Biernat stated in a press release. “I believe she will continue to thrive in her new role as presiding judge.”