Berrien Prosecutor Promotes Two Following Jennifer Smith’s Judicial Appointment

Like moves on a chess board, some of the players are being advanced to new positions, promoted by Berrien County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sepic who is following up on the departure of his Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Smith who has been appointed to the Berrien County bench.

Sepic this morning has announced a pair of promotions in the wake of Smith's assignment as a new judge for the county. Thanks to her departure, Sepic has elevated Chief Trial Attorney Steven Pierangeli to the role of Chief Assistant Prosecutor, taking Smith's old job. With Pierangeli's advancement, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Taylor gets the promotion to Chief Trail Attorney, taking Pierangeli's old position.

Pierangeli was born and raised in Southfield, Michigan, and received his undergraduate degree from Penn State University and his law degree from the University of Colorado. After serving 2 years as an assistant district attorney in Colorado, he has been in the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office since 2004, the last 4 and ½ years of which as Chief Trial Attorney. Mr. Pierangeli lives in St. Joseph with his wife, Miranda, and four children.

Taylor was born and raised in Buchanan, and received his undergraduate degree from DePauw University and his law degree from the Valparaiso University. He has been an assistant prosecuting attorney in Berrien County for more than 21 years. Mr. Taylor also resides in St. Joseph with his wife, Sally, and 2 children.

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Both lawyers have significant and varied trial experience. Their new duties will include increased responsibility for managing staff and participating in management decisions.