On October 17, 2014, Governor Scott Walker appointed Michael J. Aprahamian to fill a vacancy on the Waukesha County Circuit Court. He was sworn in as judge on November 17, 2014. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Aprahamian was a partner and litigator with Foley & Lardner LLP, with emphasis on shareholder disputes, fiduciary duties, licensing issues and insurance law. He is a frequent speaker on professional responsibility and legal ethics, and served as Foley’s partner in charge of ethics training. Since 2017, he has taught Law Governing Lawyers as an adjunct professor at Marquette Law School.
Mr. Aprahamian has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. He has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Mortar Board Honor Society and was repeatedly selected for inclusion in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists for his business litigation work. He was also selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2013 for his commercial litigation work. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Aprahamian served by appointment of the Wisconsin Supreme Court as one of two lawyers on the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, the commission investigating and prosecuting allegations of misconduct or disability on the part of Wisconsin judges and court commissioners.
Mr. Aprahamian's professional affiliations include membership in the State Bar of Wisconsin and the American, Armenian, Waukesha and Milwaukee Bar Associations. From 1994-2008, he served on the board of directors and executive committee of the Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children, Inc. ("CBVIC"), and served as its president from 2008-2010. In 2010, he facilitated the merger of CBVIC with the Badger Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and served on the board of directors of the merged organization, Vision Forward Association, as its vice president from 2010, and president from 2012 to 2016.
Mr. Aprahamian received his B.A. degree, with honors, in political science and behavioral science and law from the University of Wisconsin. His J.D. degree was conferred by Yale Law School in 1992, where he was publishing editor of the Yale Law Journal. From 1992 to 1993, he served as law clerk to the Hon. Richard D. Cudahy, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.