Our Team

Michael Goetz

Grievance Administrator

Goetz The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed Michael V. Goetz to the position of Grievance Administrator for the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission (AGC). Goetz will oversee the prosecutorial and educational functions of the AGC. The appointment is effective September 23, 2019. “Mr. Goetz has both the management skills and professional experience to make sure the AGC continues to protect the public and hold the legal profession accountable,” said Chief Justice Bridget M. McCormack. “Just as important, Mr. Goetz has a deep commitment to public service and great ideas on how to engage the public and the bar in the Commission’s critical mission, and to manage and inspire AGC staff.” Goetz received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1983 and a juris doctorate from Detroit College of Law in 1988. He most recently worked in the Michigan Office of the Attorney General, serving as Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division’s Drug Interdiction Unit for six years. In addition to more than 30 years of experience in prosecution at the state and county levels, Goetz also currently serves his community as an emergency medical technician-firefighter for the Orion Township Fire Department. The Attorney Grievance Commission is the investigative and prosecutorial arm of the Michigan Supreme Court for allegations of attorney misconduct. The AGC has jurisdiction over all attorneys licensed to practice law by the state Bar of Michigan and attorneys otherwise permitted to practice law in the State of Michigan. The AGC strives to maintain and promote the integrity of the Bar and to protect the public, the courts, and the legal profession.

Kimberly L. Uhuru

Deputy Administrator

Uhuru Kimberly L. Uhuru holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy and received a J.D. from DePaul University. Ms. Uhuru’s work for the Commission has included several prosecutions of complex and high-profile attorney misconduct cases. She is licensed to practice in Michigan and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She has served two terms on the State Bar of Michigan’s Character and Fitness District H Panel.

Sarah C. Lindsey

General Counsel

Sarah C. Lindsey earned a B.A. from Michigan State University and obtained a J.D. from Washington College of Law at American University. Ms. Lindsey was in private practice for more than 15 years at law firms in Washington, D.C. and Michigan, where her practice focused on commercial and environmental litigation and appeals. Ms. Lindsey joined the Attorney Grievance Commission as an Associate Counsel in 2015.

Cynthia C. Bullington

Assistant Deputy Administrator

Cynthia C. Bullington is a Michigan State graduate and received her J.D. from George Washington University. She is admitted in Michigan and in the federal courts. Ms. Bullington is the Assistant Deputy Administrator for the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission. She also is an adjunct professor at the MSU College of Law and teaches Professional Responsibility. Currently, she serves as a regular member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Standing Committee on Character and Fitness. She has authored proposed court rules, and articles for the Michigan Bar Journal. Ms. Bullington has also been an ICLE presenter.

Emily A. Downey

Senior Associate Counsel

Emily A. Downey has a bachelor’s degree in History and Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is licensed to practice law in Michigan and in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Ms. Downey’s work for the AGC includes investigating and prosecuting attorney misconduct. She served a term on a State Bar of Michigan’s Character and Fitness Panel. Ms. Downey is a reporter for the Judicial Qualifications Committee. While at Washington University, Ms. Downey was a law review associate editor of the Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law. Following law school, Ms. Downey was a Legal Research Fellow at the Center for Hospital Finance & Management and the Bioethics Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

John K. Burgess

Senior Associate Counsel

John K. Burgess earned a BA in Organizational Communication in 2001 and a J.D. from the Law School at Wayne State University. Mr. Burgess became licensed to practice in 2005. He was a Solo practitioner in Genesee and Oakland County from 2005-2008. Mr Burgess has been with the Grievance Commission since October, 2008. He is licensed to practice in State and Federal Courts. He is also a Character and Fitness Panelist.

Charise L. Anderson

Senior Associate Counsel

Charise L. Anderson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wayne State University and a J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School with a concentration in litigation. She is a former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney serving in various units including Special Operations and the Juvenile Division. Mrs. Anderson began her legal career in the area of criminal defense, but soon learned her interests were in seeking justice for the public as a prosecutor.

Jordan D. Paterra

Associate Counsel

Jordan D. Paterra received his A.B. in English Literature and Language from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. Before arriving at the Attorney Grievance Commission in December 2016, Mr. Paterra worked for several law firms as a litigation associate and was a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for four years. He is licensed to practice in Michigan's state and federal courts.

Nathan C. Pitluk

Associate Counsel

Nathan C. Pitluk earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in Dearborn and his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. Mr. Pitluk was in private practice where he defended medical professionals in licensing actions and criminal proceedings. Previously, Mr. Pitluk served as an intern at the Michigan Supreme court for Justice Robert Young and as an intern at the Attorney Grievance Commission. Mr. Pitluk was a law clerk at the Michigan Attorney General's Office in the Corporate Overshight Division, protecting consumers in complex mortgage disputes. He is licensed to practice law in Michigan and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Mr. Pitluk Joined the Commission in 2017.

Michael K. Mazur

Associate Counsel

Michael K. Mazur earned his B.A. from Michigan State University and his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. Mr. Mazur was a student intern at the Attorney Grievance Commission in 2012 and returned as staff counsel in 2017.

Kenneth E. Frazee III

Senior Associate Counsel

Kenneth Frazee received a B.A. from Michigan State University and earned a J.D. from Detroit College of Law. Mr. Frazee was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for over 27 years where he specialized in litigating major crimes. He concluded his prosecution career as Chief of the Circuit Court Division. Prior to this he began his public service as a circuit court clerk for four years. He is licensed to practice law in Michigan and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Pamela I. Linville

Senior Associate Counsel

Linville Pamela I. Linville received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and received her juris doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy-School of Law. She worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney at the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office until 2007. She then opened her own criminal defense law firm, specializing in major crimes. She was a CJA Panel Member for the U.S. District Court- Eastern District of Michigan from 2014-2021. She was also a faculty member of CDAM (Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association of Michigan), where she taught Evidence to other attorneys. She joined the Attorney Grievance Commission in 2022. She is licensed to practice law in Michigan and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Cora Morgan

Senior Associate Counsel

Cora L. Morgan earned her B.A. from Michigan State University and her J.D. from Wayne State University School of Law. Ms. Morgan joined the Attorney Grievance Commission as Senior Associate Counsel in 2022. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Morgan was in private practice for more than 20 years, during which time she focused her practice primarily on commercial litigation, criminal law, and juvenile law. While in law school, Ms. Morgan worked as a law clerk in the Michigan Department of Attorney General Collections and Tax Enforcement Division. Ms. Morgan also clerked for Judge John B. Bruff of the Macomb County Circuit Court during law school. She is licensed to practice in Michigan and in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Graham G. Leach

Associate Counsel

Graham Leach earned his B.S. from Michigan State University and his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Mr. Leach is a career long prosecutor with over 20 years’ experience as an Assistant Prosecutor and Chief Assistant Prosecutor in Shiawassee County Michigan, the Tribal Prosecutor for both the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and the Mescalero Apache Tribe in New Mexico. Mr. Leach also served as the Senior Criminal Attorney General for the Republic of Palau.