Carson J. Tucker is the Chair of the Appeals and Legal Research Group at Lacey and Jones, LLP, a law firm that has been providing legal services in Michigan for 100 years. Mr. Tucker handles all types of appellate matters and assists other lawyers with complex litigation and insurance coverage issues. Mr. Tucker represents local and state governmental entities, national and international businesses and insurance companies, and global corporations.
After law school, Mr. Tucker was a research lawyer for the Michigan Court of Appeals and then a law clerk for the Honorable Stephen J. Markman, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.
He is a Major in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps of the Michigan Army National Guard and staff JAG officer for the Maneuver Training Center, Camp Grayling, Michigan, a military training facility in northern Michigan. Prior to serving in the U.S. Army, Mr. Tucker served 14 years in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He recently received the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal, which is the highest honor a soldier can receive when serving in a non-combat role. The award recited his role in providing legal advice and counsel and preparing written pleadings for the National Guard Bureau in cases pending in the United States Supreme Court, as well as for his role as the Staff Judge Advocate at Michigan’s Joint-Force Maneuver Training Center (JMTC) Camp Grayling, and for legal support provided to Joint Force Headquarters of the Michigan National Guard.
Mr. Tucker has developed a particular expertise in prosecuting and defending appeals and has had several significant successes in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals. In addition to his work on appeals, Mr. Tucker has written brief amicus curiae in the Michigan Supreme Court for the Michigan Municipal League, the Michigan Municipal League Liability and Property Pool, the Michigan Association of Townships, the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, the Insurance Institute of Michigan, Oakland County, Wayne County and Macomb County.
Mr. Tucker also represents several County Sheriffs in Michigan and throughout the United States. He was keynote speaker at the 2009 Michigan Sheriffs Association Summer Conference, where he addressed the historical background, constitutional stature and legal principles applicable to the constitutional office of County Sheriff.
More recently, Mr. Tucker was retained as national legal counsel for the National Constitutional Sheriffs Association, an association composed of western state County Sheriffs who seek to fulfill their roles as constitutional officers in the service of their respective electorates.
In addition to being licensed to practice in Michigan, Mr. Tucker is admitted to practice in the Eastern and Western District Federal Courts in Michigan, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Languages: English, French
Michigan State Bar
United States Court, Eastern District of Michigan
United States Court, Western District, Michigan
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court
J.D., Vermont Law School (with honors), 2000
M.S.E.L., Vermont Law School, 1997
B.A., Philosophy, University of Georgia, 1994
Oxford University, Jesus College, Oxford, UK 1993 (Politics, Philosophy and Economics)
Graduate, Army Judge Advocate General’s Officer Basic Course, Fort Lee, Va., United States, 2004
Graduate, The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, Va., United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Officer Advanced Course, 2012
Professional Associations & Memberships
Judge Advocate General Corps, United States Army
State Bar of Michigan
American Inns of Court
Michigan Self Insurers Association
Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
Insurance Institute of Michigan
Honors and Awards
Member, Golden Key National Honor Society since 1992; Environmental Editor, Vermont Law Review, 1998-2000; National Dean's List for Law Students 1999-2000; 1998-2000 Moot Court Advisory Board, Member and Treasurer; 1998 Appellate Advocacy Excellence Award; 1997 Tort Law Excellence Award; 1992 National Defense Service Medal (Gulf War); 2003 National Defense Service Medal (Global War on Terror); 2004 Army Achievement Medal; 2007 Army Achievement Medal (for Service as Operational Law Judge Advocate, Gerald R. Ford Funeral, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2008 Army Commendation Medal; 2009 Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal; 2011 Michigan Broadsword Service Medal; 2011 United States Meritorious Service Medal