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Hon. Christopher P. Yates

350 Ottawa Ave NW Unit 4
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Phone: (517) 373-5980
Fax: (517) 373-9628

Practice areas: Business Law, Civil Litigation, Judiciary

Hon. Christopher P. Yates was appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on March 16, 2022. He was previously a judge in the Kent County Circuit Court and served in both the Criminal/Civil Division and the Family Division. He was assigned to run the court's specialized business docket in 2012. Prior to his judgeship, he served as a law clerk to Chief Judge James P. Churchill of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and to Hon. Ralph B. Guy, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Judge Yates also has worked as a federal prosecutor in Detroit, as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, as chief federal public defender for the Western District of Michigan, and as a partner in two private law firms.

Featured ICLE Contributions:

Michigan Civil Procedure, Third Edition (Book)
Michigan Model Civil Jury Instructions (Book)
Starting Your Practice in Michigan Courts (Top Tips in Ten Minutes)
Business Law Institute, 33rd Annual (Seminar)
No-Fault Summit, 9th Annual (Seminar)
Business Law Institute, 34th Annual (Seminar)
Business Law Institute, 35th Annual (Seminar)