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Stephen Christie Bransdorfer was American lawyer. Bar: Michigan 1956, United States Supreme Court 1959, United States District Court (western district) Michigan 1959; cwert. mediator United States District Court (western district) Michigan, 1995-2003. Recipient Superior Performance Special award, Civil Division, United States Department Justice, 1990, Robert P. Hudson award, State Bar Michigan, 2005.


Bransdorfer, Stephen Christie was born on September 18, 1929 in Lansing, Michigan, United States. Son of Henry and Sadie (Kohane) Bransdorfer.


AB with honors, Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1951. Juris Doctor with distinction, University Michigan, 1956. Master of Laws, Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia, 1958.


Trial attorney Department Justice, Washington, 1956—1958. Attorney, editor Office of Public Information, Office of Attorney General, 1958—1959. Special assistant United States Attorney for District of Columbia, Washington, 1958—1959.

Associate Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1959—1963, partner, 1963—1989. Deputy assistant attorney general civil division United States Department Justice, Washington, 1989—1992. President Bransdorfer & Bransdorfer, Professional Corporation, Grand Rapids, 1993—2000.

Partner Bransdorfer & Russell, LLP, 2000—2003. Retired

President State Bar of Michigan, 1974-1975, commissioner, 1968-1975, chairman senior lawyers section, 1994-1995. President Grand Rapids chapter American Inns of Court, 1995-1996.

Trustee American Inns of Court Foundation, 1997-2001. Chairman Michigan Civil Service Commission, 1977-1978, member, 1975-1978. Advisory committee 6th Circuit Judicial Conference, 1984-1989.

Co-chair Michigan political leadership program Michigan State University, 1992-1994. Member commercial panel American Arbitration Association, 1998-2001.


President Grand Rapids Child Guidance Clinic, 1969-1971. Chairman Kent County Committees, Griffin for Senator, 1972, Lenore Romney for Senator, 1966. Member council legal advisers Republican National Committee, 1981-1989.

Republican candidate for attorney general, Michigan, 1978. Trustee, vice president, Michigan State Bar Foundation, 1985-1987, chairman, fellows, 1987-1989. Chairman Michigan State Board Canvassers, 1985-1987, Commission on Future Directions in Health Care, West Michigan, 1987-1989.

Trustee History Society for United States District Court (western district) Michigan, 2002-2007. With United States Army, 1951-1953. Fellow: American Bar Foundation.

Member: Federal Bar Association (president West Michigan chapter 1984, Distinguished Life. Service award 1989), American Bar Association, Michigan Republican Party (Service award 1989), Republican National Lawyers Association (board governors 1985-1989), 6th Circuit Judicial Conference (life. Members committee, senior counsel to 6th circuit court since 1999), Grand Rapids Bar Association (Donald R. Worsfold Distinguished Service award 2005), Cascade Hills Country Club, Rotary, Phi Kappa Phi.


Married Peggy Ruth Deisig, May 24, 1952. Children: Mark, David, Amy, Jill.