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Paul Gadola

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Paul Gadola
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Title:   Former judge
Position:   Seat #9
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   10/17/1988-1/31/2001
Senior:   1/31/2001-2009
Preceded by:   John Feikens
Succeeded by:   Thomas Ludington
Past post:   Attorney in private practice
Past term:   1955-1989
Personal History
Born:   1929
Hometown:   Flint, MI
Deceased:   12/26/2014
Undergraduate:   Michigan State University, 1951
Law School:   University of Michigan Law School, 1953
Military service:   U.S. Army

Paul V. Gadola was an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Gadola served as a District Judge covering the Flint branch. He joined the court in 1988 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan and took on senior status in 2001. Gadola retired on disabled status in 2009 after facing health problems.[1] He passed away on December 26, 2014.[2]


A native of Flint, Michigan, Gadola graduated with his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1951 and received his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Law School in 1953.[3]

Military service

After law school, Gadola served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955.[3]

Professional career

Gadola worked as an attorney in private practice in Genessee County from 1955 to 1989. He also previously was a fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, certified as a diplomat in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and was a lifetime fellow of the American Trial Lawyers Foundation. He served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and as a mediator for the circuit courts of Genesee and Shiawassee counties.[3]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Michigan

Gadola was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on April 23, 1987, to a seat vacated by John Feikens as Fiekens went on senior status. Gadola was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 14, 1988, on a Senate vote and received commission on October 17, 1988. Gadola assumed senior status on January 31, 2001, and retired in 2009.[3]

Awards and associations

  • 1969-1989: Member, Board of Trustees of Mott Community College
  • 1983-1989: Chairman
  • Former president, Urban League of Flint
  • Former president, Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation of Genesee County
  • Chairman, March of Dimes of Genesee County
  • Former vice-president, Genesee County Legal Aid Society
  • Former director, Flint Environmental Action Team
  • Former director, Flint Area Convention and Tourist Council [4]

See also

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John Feikens
Eastern District of Michigan
Seat #9
Succeeded by:
Thomas Ludington

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