If you were to ask for the name of one of Michigan's most respected attorneys - who
concentrates his practice on complex business and commercial litigation, alternative
dispute resolution and class action cases - one name, which would undeniably surface,
is that of Richard C. Kaufman.
Mr. Kaufman brings to his legal practice years of experience as a Wayne County Circuit
Court Judge from 1981-1996, and as the Court's Chief Judge from 1986-1994. During that
time, he was honored by numerous organizations, including the State Judicial Council,
the State Bar of Michigan, the Detroit Bar Association, the Wolverine Bar Association
and the Israel Bond Foundation. He was ranked as one of the best judges in Michigan
by Detroit Monthly magazine and Michigan Lawyer's Weekly.
During Mr. Kaufman's tenure as Chief Judge, the Wayne County Circuit Court was
nationally recognized for improving from one of the least efficient urban trial
courts in the United States to one of the most efficient. Mr. Kaufman has served as
Presiding Judge of the Wayne County Citizen's Grand Jury and Visiting Judge on the
Michigan Court of Appeals in 1986 and 1991. He also served on the Advisory Board of
the Institute for Court Management of the National Center for State Courts.
Mr. Kaufman has spoken before hundreds of professional organizations, and his articles
have appeared in publications ranging from the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press to
various legal and business trade journals. He also frequently acts as a mediator and
is often appointed by various courts to serve as a Special Master or Receiver.
Wayne State University Law School
J.D., cum laude
University of Michigan
B.A., cum laude