Title: Retired Administrative Law Judge
Company: Michigan Public Service Commission
Location: Haslett, Michigan, United States
Robert E. Hollenshead, retired administrative law judge, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law.
When others speak of Judge Hollenshead, they often refer to the dynamic and inspiring aspects of his character. They say he is conscientious, hard working and professional. His sense of humor is noted, as is his integrity and his willingness to always lend a helping hand. Now retired, he celebrates a career that was marked with success spanning the course of 42 years. He began his tenure in 1966 with the United States Army, where he made an impact for nearly five years in roles including Infantry First Lieutenant and Captain Judge Advocate for the General Corps. From there, Judge Hollenshead took on the role of associate for the firm Strommel Sharp Walsh O’Sullivan Beauchamp & Edson in Port Huron, MI, while also acting as an assistant attorney general. In 1972, Judge Hollenshead became an administrate law judge for the Michigan Public Service Commission, where he remained until 1999. It was in this role that he experienced the highlight of his career, which was the favorable outcome and resolution for a rape case that lasted more than four years. In reflecting back on his many accolades, Judge Hollenshead notes that he is proud to have worked on cases where he was able to positively impact a significant number of people. In addition to the work mentioned above, Judge Hollenshead made an impact through his former work as an adjunct professor in the legal field.
In his professional community, Judge Hollenshead is known for his immense involvement in several industry organizations. Within the Michigan State Bar, he is known for having served on its administrative law council, its public utility committee, and its administrate law judges committee. He is regarded for his work as the former vice president, president-elect and president of the Michigan Association of Administrative Law Judges and for his involvement with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners as a member of its staff subcommittee on administrative law judges. Lastly, Judge Hollenshead contributed his efforts as a member of the Michigan Utility Consumer Participation Board and a special assessment district board member for the Meridian Township.
When asked of his success, Judge Hollenshead notes that his parents were instrumental in providing him with a strong educational background and strong encouragement and emotional support. Growing up, he had thought about a career in law on several occasions; however, it was after taking a pre-legal studies program during his undergraduate studies that fully pushed him in that direction. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Judge Hollenshead earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1963 and a JD in 1966. He was admitted to the Bar of Michigan and the U.S. District Court for the eastern district of Michigan in 1967. Later, he became distinguished to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the western district of Michigan. As he looks toward the future, Judge Hollenshead intends to continue enjoying his well-deserved retirement while offering up his advice as a mentor in the field.
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