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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Reappoints Kyle R. Dufrane to the Michigan Military Appeals Tribunal

April 30, 2019

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that Kyle R. Dufrane, Detroit-based member in the Firm’s Financial Services Litigation Practice Group, has been reappointed by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to the State’s Military Appeals Tribunal for a term that expires in April 2023. Dufrane has now been appointed by Governors from both major political parties, with his first appointment to the Tribunal coming from Governor Rick Snyder in 2011.

The Military Appeals Tribunal was created by Act 523 of the Public Acts of 1980. It consists of five members and has appellate jurisdiction, upon petition of an accused, to hear and review the record in all decisions of a court-martial after the review provided in the Michigan code of military justice. It sits as a panel of three members with the concurrence of two members necessary for a decision. The tribunal also may promulgate administrative rules.

Dufrane's law practice focuses on litigating consumer financial services disputes for national financial institutions, pharmaceutical and medical device defense, automotive product liability defense, toxic tort, complex commercial litigation, and insurance litigation. He represents some of the nation's largest financial institutions in matters concerning mortgage and consumer lending.

Dufrane also maintains an active role in several professional and legal organizations. In addition to the Military Appeals Tribunal, he was also previously appointed to serve as a Hearing Panelist for Michigan's Attorney Discipline Board, and continues to serve the State Bar of Michigan in this position.

Dufrane earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Detroit and an A.B. from the University of Michigan.