Hon. Thomas S. Gilbert (ret.) is the owner of TouchStone Interventions and Professional
Services in Traverse City, MI. Judge Gilbert served one term on Michigan’s 86th District
Court Bench from 2001-2004. He came to recovery from alcoholism in October of 2002.
Prior to that Tom dealt with the legal implications of drug and alcohol addiction as both
an assistant prosecutor and criminal defense attorney.

Tom currently serves in an advisory capacity to the Michigan Association of Alcohol and
Drug Abuse Counselors (MAADAC) and Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR). He is
a former member of the Michigan Bar Association’s Lawyers and Judges Assistance
Committee, the National and Michigan Associations of Drug Court Professionals. Judge
Gilbert is the founding member and current board chair of TC Retreat, a non-profit
organization dedicated to assisting individuals and families into and maintaining long
term recovery from addiction.

Tom works in a variety of capacities within the field of recovery including: speaking
nationally on topics of recovery and advocacy; serving as an Interventionist, providing
professional recovery support services privately and legal services related to the issues
associated with addition, treatment and recovery.

Tom earned a Masters degree in Addiction Counseling in 2006 from the Hazelden
Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Minnesota. He is a graduate of Thomas M.
Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan and an alumnus of Central Michigan
University in Mt Pleasant, Michigan.