Hon. Jacob James Cunningham

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  • Elected to the Oakland County Circuit Court in November 2018
  • Graduated: Oakland University, 2007; Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2012  
  • Admitted State Bar of Michigan 2012
  • Judicial Clerk for the Hon. Wendy Potts (retired), Oakland County Circuit Court, General Civil Division, 2012-2013; Business Court 2013-2014 
  • Judicial Staff Attorney for the Hon. Mary Ellen Brennan, Oakland County Circuit Court, Family Division, 2014-2018
  • Oakland County Bar Association
    • Chair Professional Development Committee, 2016-2018
    • American Inns of Court, OCBA Chapter, Vice Chancellor, 2021
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Other Memberships:
    • American Judges Association
    • Michigan Judges Association
    • Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers
    • Armenian American Bar Association
    • International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges
    • Eastern District of Michigan Federal Bar Association
    • Michigan Inter-Professional Association
    • Michigan Supreme Court's Child Welfare Leadership Workgroup.  
  • ICLE Family Law Institute, Presenter, 2019 and 2020 

COVID-19 Court Protocols

COVID PROTOCOLS for Judge Cunningham will continue in effect until further notice.  However, if the Governor, Legislature, or the Supreme Court issue an order requiring an extension of existing shelter at home requirements, these protocols will continue until such an extension terminates.

During the duration of this order, the court will not conduct in-court, personal, proceedings. The COVID-19 Court Protocols takes precedent over the below protocol.


In order to better serve the attorneys and litigants appearing in Judge Cunningham's courtroom, we have adopted the following guidelines.  Please advise your clients and staff so that there are no misunderstandings.