Gov. Rick Snyder names Jonathan Tukel to Court of Appeals, 2nd District

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Jonathan Tukel to the Michigan Court of Appeals, 2nd District.

“Jonathan Tukel has a long and distinguished career as a thought leader in the law,” Snyder said. “I am thrilled to appoint such a dedicated public servant to the already outstanding group of judges on the Michigan Court of Appeals.”

Tukel has been an Assistant United States Attorney with the Department of Justice since 1990, most recently serving as Chief of the National Security Unit supervising investigations and prosecutions with national security implications. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Tukel was an associate at Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn focusing on issues related to antitrust, labor, employment discrimination and wrongful termination, and white collar criminal defense. 

Tukel is a member of the Federalist Society and the Security Committee of the Jewish Welfare Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. He has been a panelist on the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board since 1994 and a chair of the panel since 2000. He also teaches a criminal law-related course at the University of Michigan Law School. 

In 2012, Tukel received both the Attorney General Award from the Department of Justice for “Excellence in Furthering the Interest in U.S. National Security” and the United States Attorney’s Award from the United States Attorney’s Office. He was also recognized by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly as a Leader in the Law.

Tukel earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1982 and his law degree from University of Michigan Law School in 1988. He fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Henry Saad.

Tukel must seek election in November 2018 for a two-year term.