This week, the legal profession lost a true hero. The Hon. Kaye Tertzag, retired Wayne County Circuit Court judge, passed away from cancer at the age of 70. I was honored to practice in front of Judge Tertzag until he retired, and I valued using the judge as a facilitator in recent years. Judge Tertzag had the unique ability to always listen and treat anyone who came before him with respect. He fought for the little guy to get a fair shake in the courtroom, and was continuing to help litigants get their cases settled when he came down with this awful disease.
In January of 2000, I tried a case in front of Judge Tertzag, where I received a substantial verdict for a most deserving client. The Judge made the two-week trial experience one that my client and I will never forget. After the trial, he ruled favorably on post-trial motions. The judge’s decisions and our verdict were upheld on appeal. Following the trial, I received a very nice card from Judge Tertzag, praising the way I practiced in his courtroom. Until his recent passing, we often talked about that case, where an elderly woman with preexisting rheumatoid arthritis got caught in a sliding glass door and suffered a back injury that forced her into a much more disabled condition. The judge always made me and many other attorneys feel good about our profession.
Those are just a few reasons Judge Kaye Tertzag will truly be missed. As evident from his memorial service on Sunday, which filled the auditorium at Allen Park City Hall, he was loved by many. A half-dozen long-time friends, several attorneys and judges, former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, and family members all spoke at his service. Gov. Jennifer Granholm, former Gov. James Blanchard and others wrote letters praising Judge Tertzag for his commitment and service. It was clear that Judge Kaye Tertzag lived a blessed life, and created lasting memories for all those that were fortunate enough to know him and practice in front of him.
— This blog post was written by Michigan Auto Law partner Robert Raitt
Michigan Auto Law exclusively handles car accident, truck accident and motorcycle accident cases throughout the entire state of Michigan. We have offices in Farmington Hill, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Sterling Heights.
Bob Raitt recently finished a term as president of the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ). Prior to becoming an MAJ officer, Bob served on the MAJ executive board for many years. He has been a speaker and moderator at various seminars for the State Bar of Michigan, the National Business Institute, as well as the MAJ. Bob is named a Michigan “Super Lawyer.”