Magistrate Biographies

Magistrate Biographies

Magistrate Melinda Balian
Melinda Balian was appointed as a Magistrate in 1999. Ms. Balian also works in the private sector as a Partner with the national firm of Foley & Mansfield, PLLP specializing in management oriented employment law by providing employers counseling and advice in human resource compliance and representing numerous small to mid-sized companies in all facets of employment defense litigation and arbitration, as well as defense of administrative claims.  Ms. Balian also has an active practice in health care law representing various health care professionals with regulatory and administrative matters before the Bureau of Health Professions, Department of licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), as well as violation of due process claims within the health care organization.  She also serves health care providers, including group practices, home health agencies and other health care related entities, on contractual and employment related matters.  Ms. Balian obtained her law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Law and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University.  Ms. Balian is an active member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar Association, the Rochester Bar Association and is a Fellow Member of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and the Oakland County Bar Foundation.

Magistrate Marie Soma
Magistrate Soma was appointed by the Judges of the 52/3 District Court in 1998. In addition to serving as a magistrate, Magistrate Soma is a partner in the firm of Soma & Soma. Her firm handles all aspects of civil, criminal and family law litigation. Ms. Soma received her B.A. from The University of Michigan. She did some Master’s work at Wayne State University and received her Juris Doctorate at The Detroit College of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Association of District Court Magistrates and Oakland County Bar Association.