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Peter Alan VanGelderen

also known as Peter VanGelderen

About Me

I earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan in history, with a minor in moral and political philosophy in 2005.  Following my studies, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to clerk at Willey, Chamberlain, & Yates, which was my first experience with criminal law.  I received a J.D., with distinction, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2009.  While in law school, I served as an associate editor of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review and Chairman of the Mock Trial Board, Grand Rapids Campus.  Additionally, I had the opportunity to intern in the Ottawa County Prosecutor's Office which provided experience with trial work and criminal law.


Prior to joining Willey & Chamberlain LLP as an associate attorney, I used my education and experiences from law school to open a private practice devoted exclusively to criminal law.  During that time, I focused on alcohol related offenses, drug offenses, and violent crimes and was able to gain valuable experience in state courts throughout West Michigan.  Since joining Willey & Chamberlain, I have continued to develop my expertise in these areas while expanding my practice into federal criminal defense. 


Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 55%
    5 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    5 years
  3. Federal Crime: 15%
    4 years
  4. Expungement: 5%
    5 years



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


    Christian Lassen Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Rock Christopher Lee

    I endorse this lawyer. I know Peter as an exceptional lawyer and came highly recommended to me when I was looking for DUI attorneys in MI to represent a former client of mine. I refer all my Michigan DUI cases to Peter.


    Rock Lee DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Willey & Chamberlain LLP

40 Pearl St NW Ste 940
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503


MIActive And In Good Standing200909/02/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate AttorneyWilley & Chamberlain2011 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Peter VanGelderen PLLC2010 - 2011
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2014 - Present
Michigan Association of OWI AttorneysN/A2014 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Western District of Michigan chapter)N/A2012 - Present
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganN/A2011 - Present
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
State Bar of MichiganN/A2009 - Present
Young Lawyers - Grand Rapids Bar AssociationN/A2009 - 2014
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLitigationJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of MichiganHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2005