Honorable Kirsten Nielsen Hartig
Judge Hartig is a graduate of Traverse City Senior High School and Michigan State University (James Madison Honors College). Judge Hartig was one of six students nationally to be selected to intern at the White House during the tenure of President Ronald Reagan. Judge Hartig received her law degree from the Washington College of Law at the American University and graduated in the top 5% of her law school class.
Judge Hartig served as an Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor for six years prosecuting misdemeanors and felonies. Judge Hartig co-founded the Domestic Violence Assault Unit and specialized in prosecuting serious domestic physical and sexual abuse. After leaving the prosecutor’s office, Judge Hartig was in private practice for 14 years, specializing in criminal and traffic law.
Judge Hartig was honored as a Michigan Super Lawyer in 2009 and 2010, designating her as among the top 5% of all attorneys in Michigan who practice criminal law.
Judge Hartig is currently a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar Association and the Oakland County District Judges Association.
Judge Hartig is a frequent volunteer at various Troy Public Schools, has donated her hair to Locks of Love, a charity providing free hair pieces to children with cancer, is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Troy, Troy Safe Homes and the Troy Community Coalition. She is also on the advisory board of Teens Taking Action. Judge Hartig was born in Clawson, Michigan and is a longtime resident of Troy, Michigan with her husband of seventeen years and two children.