About John Economopoulos for Judge
Attorney John Economopoulos of Escanaba has declared his judicial candidacy for the 47th Circuit Court of Delta County. “Circuit court judge, Stephen Davis, has announced that he will retire when his term expires at the end of this year. I remain committed to serve our judiciary and apply my experience to a court that provides such an essential function for us all.”
“The circuit court serves as our central hub for justice, handling everything from felony crimes that could carry prison sentences, to serious civil lawsuits, to family law matters that directly affect the welfare of our children. At certain times, the circuit court is also the forum relied upon by citizens to hear and decide appeals from decisions of both the district and probate courts.”
John Economopoulos, 44, is a lifelong resident of Escanaba and a 1989 graduate of Escanaba High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and went on to receive his Juris Doctor Degree from Thomas Cooley Law School. John worked as a law clerk in Escanaba during the summers between his college and law school years. After graduating from law school, he joined the law firm of Viau & Chapekis, P.C., where he became a partner before eventually establishing his own law office, Economopoulos Law Firm, P.C. He is in his 18th year of legal practice.
“I have dedicated much of my career to serving citizens who come within the jurisdiction of the family division of the circuit court. Whether it has been parents striving for their children to maintain some normalcy following the trauma of divorce, or seeking their own fair outcome during such an upheaval, I have been by their sides, answering that bell. There is an extraordinary human element to these cases and, as judge, I will commit myself to applying the law with fundamental fairness.”
“In conjunction with my work within the circuit court’s family division, I have also assisted many clients within the court’s criminal division and I look forward to bringing that experience to the bench. Felony offenses demand our community’s undivided attention and I have worked with all aspects of these cases in counties throughout the U.P., from successful settlement negotiations to jury trials and appellate work over the years.”
“Among my unique qualifications to serve, my experience in the area of civil mediations stands out. Successful mediations resolve lawsuits, cut costs and free up our courts. I have been selected by my colleagues as the chairperson of hundreds of circuit court mediation panels throughout my career and am thankful for the trust placed in me to undertake that responsibility.”
John’s wife, Christina, was formerly employed at the State Bank of Escanaba and is now the full-time mom of their three children, Gia, Leia and Chris, who are enrolled in the Escanaba school system. Christina serves as a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), and enjoys volunteering at the Lemmer School library and kindergarten classroom.
John Economopoulos currently serves on the board of directors of the Delta County Cancer Alliance and the Tri County Safe Harbor domestic violence shelter. He is also the chairperson of the City of Escanaba Traffic Safety Advisory Committee and is a member of the Elks 354, Rotary Club, Bark River Lions, and Eagles. He has served as president of the Delta County Bar Association, as president of the parish council of his church and he is a past member of the Delta County Jaycees.
“The circuit court is built to face many of the deepest issues that impact us, from decisions regarding the time that parents spend with their children, to criminal sentencings for the most serious of offenses. With a career of hard work in these trenches, I bring the depth of experience necessary to make the court equal to its task. If elected, I will apply the law firmly, fairly and consistently as I work together with the circuit court’s dependable staff to begin a new chapter of dedicated service to Delta County.”
The general election is set for November 8th. To stay up to date with John’s campaign events and news about the upcoming election, like “John Economopoulos for Judge” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/votejohnforjudge.