Judge Edward Sosnick (Ret), who is Of Counsel to Hertz Schram PC, focuses his practice on Alternative Dispute Resolution, including formal and informal arbitration, mediation, and facilitation. Judge Sosnick was an Oakland County Circuit Court Judge for 24 years, during which he served in both the Civil and Family Divisions, and served two terms as Chief Judge. During those 24 years Judge Sosnick presided over numerous civil and divorce trials, participated in many hundreds of settlement conferences, and obtained extensive training in all types of mediation practices. Prior to his election to the Circuit Court bench in 1989, Judge Sosnick served as a 48th District Court Judge, a Senior Trial Attorney in the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, a private practitioner, and a city, township, and village attorney. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from Wayne State University Law School in 1967.

During his judicial career Judge Sosnick has received numerous honors, awards, and service credentials, including:

  • Recipient of State Bar of Michigan’s Champion of Justice Award
  • Recipient of Distinguished Service Award, Oakland County Bar Association
  • Twice voted one of Michigan’s Most Respected Judges by Michigan Lawyers Weekly Poll
  • Recipient of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Award for MeritoriousService to the Children of America
  • Four-time honoree, Michigan State Police for Professional Excellence
  • Five-time recipient of Award of Appreciation, Family Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
  • Recipient of Superintendent’s Vision for Youth Award, Bloomfield Hills Schools
  • Recipient of Distinguished Public Servant Award, Oakland County Bar Association
  • Recipient of Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award
  • Recipient of Republican Party 1993 Salute to Justice John N. O’Brien Award
  • Recipient of Democratic Party Commissioners 1994 Award for Unselfish Contributions to Oakland County and Michigan
  • Recipient of Judicial Action Award, Parents of Murdered Children, Inc.
  • Recipient of Certificate of Appreciation Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy Award from HAVEN, Oakland County’s only domestic violence shelter
  • Recipient of Women’s Survival Center of Oakland County Award of Merit for Contribution Toward Improving the Lives of Women
  • Recipient of Josephine S. Weiner Award for Community Service
  • The John O’Hair Lifetime Achievement Award, Parents of Murdered Children
  • Garnet Award, Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland County
  • Compassionate Angel Award, Childhelp USA
  • 2011 Mentor of the Year Award, Oakland County Mentoring Initiative
  • 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award St. Clair Butterfly Foundation
  • 2011 Heart of HAVEN Award
  • Elder Law of Michigan – 2012 Judicial Award for Contributions in Law and Aging
  • 2012 Governor’s Service Award – Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award
Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Bar Admissions & Associations

State Bar of Michigan
Oakland County Bar Association
Michigan Judge’s Association
Michigan State Bar Foundation

Awards and Accolades