Gene Schnelz

  • Of Counsel


Birmingham, MI



Judge Gene Schnelz is a retired Oakland County Circuit Judge with 28 years of service as a Circuit Judge.  He was a District Court Judge for 4 years before becoming a Circuit Judge and also served as Chief Judge.  He is a graduate of Alma College, Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law and the National Judicial College.

Prior to his judgeship, Judge Schnelz was a municipal attorney for the municipalities of Walled Lake, Wixom, Wolverine Lake, Milford, Milford Township, and Walled Lake School District.  He is a recipient of the State Bar’s two highest awards for service to public and profession, and numerous other Awards over his long and distinguished legal career, both as an attorney and a judge. 

Judge Schnelz was also selected as one of Michigan’s Most Respected Judges by a state-wide poll. 

After retiring from the bench, Judge Schnelz concentrated his practice on mediations and arbitrations, in complex legal matters.

Areas Of Practice

  • Mediations
  • Arbitrations

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1958
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1958
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1958
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1958
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1964


  • Detroit College of Law, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1957
    • Honors: Participated in National Moot Court Finals, 1956
  • Alma College, Alma, Michigan
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 00/1954
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: English
    • Major: History
    • Major: Speech

Representative Cases

  • Decker v. Saini, 1991 WL 277590, 1991, Mich.Cir.Ct., 1992016550
  • Amedure v. Schmitz, 95-194536 NZ, 1995, Circuit Court


  • Instructor, National Judicial College, Michigan Judicial College, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1974

Honors and Awards

  • Highest Michigan State Bar Award
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Frances R. Avadenka Memorial Award for Public Service
  • Women’s Bar Association Award for Outstanding Contributions
  • Jewish Association for Residential Care Civil Rights Award
  • Join Resolution of Michigan Legislature for Public Service
  • Jewish Association for Special Children Civil Rights Award
  • NAACP Presidential Award for Judicial Service
  • Alma College Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Luther Attorneys in Witness First Award for Positive Leadership in the Church and Community
  • Sunshine Award from Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland County
  • State of Israel Humanitarian Award
  • Oakland County Bar Distinguished Public Service Award
  • One of Michigan's Most Respected Judges, Michigan Lawyers Weekly Poll

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Secretary, 1989 to 1990
  • Oakland County Bar Association, President, 1973
  • State Bar of Michigan, Secretary, 1989 to 1990
  • Oakland County Bar Association, President, 1973

Past Employment Positions

  • Oakland County, Circuit Judge (Retired)
  • Novi, District Court Judge
  • Novi, Chief Judge
  • Walled Lake, Attorney
  • Wixom, Attorney
  • Wolverine Lake, Attorney
  • Milford, Attorney
  • Milford Township, Attorney
  • Walled Lake School District, Attorney


  • Tau Kappa Epsilon