Kurtis Wilder, Butzel Long Photo

Former Justice Kurtis T. Wilder is a Shareholder and practices in Butzel Long’s Detroit Office.  He rejoined Butzel after nearly 27 years as a Trial Judge, Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals, and Michigan Supreme Court Justice, one of only 5 jurists in Michigan history to have served on all three levels of Michigan’s Court System.  Justice Wilder concentrates his practice in appeals, litigation, and mediation and facilitation.

Overview

Former Justice Kurtis T. Wilder is a Shareholder and practices in Butzel Long’s Detroit Office.  He rejoined Butzel after nearly 27 years as a Trial Judge, Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals, and Michigan Supreme Court Justice, one of only 5 jurists in Michigan history to have served on all three levels of Michigan’s Court System. 

Justice Wilder concentrates his practice in appeals, litigation, and mediation and facilitation.  As a former trial and appellate jurist, Justice Wilder has unique perspectives on oral advocacy at the trial and appellate level, trial and appeals preparation, and alternative dispute resolution.  Since returning to private practice, he has successfully argued cases in the Michigan Supreme Court, US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Michigan Court of Appeals, and federal and state trial courts.  He serves as a Neutral Mediator/Arbitrator with New Era ADR, a digital advanced dispute resolution platform, and as Senior Lecturing Fellow at Regent University School of Law.

Justice Wilder plays an active role in a number of nonprofit organizations, including as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Interlochen Center for the Arts, Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Executive Committee member of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Rhetoricos of Gamma Rho Boule, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and a member of the Boards of Directors of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, The Children’s Foundation, and Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars.  Justice Wilder also serves as an Elder and Chancel Choir member at First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth.

Justice Wilder graduated from the University of Michigan with an A.B. degree in Political Science in 1981, and from the University of Michigan Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1984.

Credentials

Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1984

University of Michigan, A.B., 1981

Admissions

Memberships

  • Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Association of Black Judges of Michigan
  • Federalist Society, Board of Advisors, Lawyers Division-Michigan Chapter
  • Wolverine Bar Association
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Board of Directors
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts, Board of Directors
  • State of Michigan Community Corrections Advisory Board, Former Vice Chair
  • National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and Nonprofit Enterprise at Work, Former Board Chair
  • The Sphinx Organization, Former Board Member
  • Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, Former Board Member
  • Ann Arbor Symphony, Former Board Member
  • American Red Cross, Washtenaw County Chapter, Former Board Member

Awards & Recognitions

Awards & Recognitions

Honorable Harold Hood Award Recipient, presented by the Association of Black Judges of Michigan

2018 Jurist of the Year, Police Officers Association

Significant Sig, Sigma Chi Fraternity International

The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice, 2021-2022

DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Appellate Law, 2020-2022; Arbitration, 2020-2022

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