Joseph P. McGill Sworn in as SBM Representative Assembly Chair
Joseph P. McGill, of Livonia, has been sworn in as the chair of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly for 2017-2018. Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Michael J. Riordan officiated at the Sept. 28 ceremony, held during the SBM NEXT Conference at Cobo Center in Detroit.
The 150-member Representative Assembly is the final policy-making body of the State Bar. The Michigan Supreme Court created it in 1971 at the request of the SBM Board of Commissioners in order to increase geographical representation and member participation in State Bar policy. McGill represents the Third Judicial Circuit in the Assembly.
McGill is a principal at Foley Baron Metzger & Juip Attorneys, and has extensive litigation and transaction experience in commercial law, business and estate planning, and complex, corporate, probate, and real estate matters. He is national trial counsel for product liability defense clients in the gas fired heating industry. He advises clients for compliance with regulatory and procedural requirements in multiple areas. He practices complex litigation matters such as business torts, construction litigation, product liability defense, executive employee benefits, real property disputes, tax appeals, and business to business disputes.
McGill is a member of the SBM Board of Commissioners and served on the SBM 21st Century Practice Task Force. He serves as emeritus director and past president of the Catholic Lawyers Society of Detroit, president of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers, and treasurer of the Michigan Irish American Chamber of Commerce.
He earned his B.A. in finance from Michigan State University, M.B.A. from the University of Detroit School of Business, J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law, Master of Laws in corporate and finance law from Wayne State University Law School, and his Master of Laws in taxation from Wayne State University Law School.