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. She was elected to the bench as a District Court Judge in 2010 and named Presiding Judge of the 52/4 District Court in January 2018.
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.
In November 2017 Judge Hartig was presented a certificate of special senatorial recognition from Senator Gary Peters and the first Legacy Prevention Advocate Award by the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities.
Judge Hartig is currently a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar Association, the Oakland County District Judges Association, and the Michigan 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 and the immediate past President of the Kiwanis Club of Troy, member of the Troy Community Coalition, Troy Community Foundation, and Board Member of the North Woodward Community Foundation. Judge Hartig was born in Clawson, Michigan and is a longtime resident of Troy, Michigan with her husband of over twenty years and two children.