Chief Judge Sean F. Cox
The Honorable Sean F. Cox was appointed United States District Court Judge on June 12, 2006 and immediately assumed duty. He had previously serviced as a Judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court from 1996 to 2006. Prior to his appointment to the Wayne County Circuit Court, Judge Cox was a partner with the law firm of Cummings, McClorey, Davis and Acho.
He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a graduate of the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University School of Law).
He is a former President of the Livonia Bar Association and served on the State Bar of Michigan Judicial Qualifications Committee from 1992 through 1996. He served as chair of disciplinary panels for the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission and wrote opinions on disciplinary issues.
Judge Cox has sat by designation with the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and has served as a visiting Judge for the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Judge Cox also served as a Sixth Circuit Representative of the Federal Judges Association’s Board of Directors from 2018 to 2022.
In November of 2010, Judge Cox was assigned the longstanding civil action involving the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, filed in 1977. In 2013, Judge Cox was appointed by Chief Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes to serve as a mediator in the City of Detroit Bankruptcy case and he successfully mediated a resolution of several issues impacting the bankruptcy case, which ultimately resulted in the creation of the Great Lakes Water Authority.
Judge Cox has served as a visiting professor of evidence at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and is a Member of the Board of Trustees for Detroit Catholic Central High School.