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David J. Chiappelli

Criminal defense Attorney at Troy, MI

4.9   15 reviews

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David J. Chiappelli has practiced law in the State of Michigan for over 15 years and joined the firm of Donald E. McGinnis, Jr., J.D., P.C. in September, 1999.  Prior to his admission to the State Bar of Michigan, he attended both Michigan State University and Elmira College, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  David then went on to attend the Detroit College of Law where he graduated Cum Laude earning his Juris Doctorate degree. 


            As David was striving toward reaching his goal of academic excellence, he was also heavily involved in both the sports and music entertainment industries.  He played varsity ice hockey at Michigan State University, winning a number of league championships and a national championship in 1985 - 1986.  David also participated in the varsity ice hockey program at Elmira College and earned another trip to the national championship series with this team.  David was recognized on the academic and athletic elite honor roll and nominated Academic All American in his sport.


            At the conclusion of his collegiate academic career, David seized the opportunity to play professional ice hockey in Germany.  While living in Germany, he also assisted in the role of clerk/interpreter at the international law offices of respected German attorney, Joseph Beisenkotter.  It was at this time he created a Conversational English Program for students within the city in which he participated, thus becoming fluent in both conversational German and German studies.


            Upon leaving the sporting world and returning to the United States, David gained employment with Hamstein Publishing, Inc., a division of Lone Wolf Management Company based in Austin, Texas.  His employer was music business titan Bill Ham, the founding manager of music legends ZZ Top and Clint Black, among others.  David became their contract and copyright administrator, drafting songwriter and publishing agreements, as well as the creation and protection of their copyrights filed with the U.S. Government.


            With the influence of both sports and music business law under his belt, David returned to Michigan where he began his law school endeavor and clerked for the Honorable Edward Sosnick, Chief Judge Pro Tem of the 6th Judicial Circuit Court.  He later went on to clerk for the Honorable William E. Bolle, Chief Judge of the 52nd District Courts, with jurisdictions encompassing Troy, Rochester, Clarkston and Novi.  While working as a clerk at both circuit and district court levels, he gained valuable knowledge and experience, as well as the respect and friendships of judges and prosecutors throughout the legal system.  His years of courtroom experience have provided him with the insight of how to find success in each case.   


            David has concentrated his practice in the broad spectrum of felony and misdemeanor criminal defense law and specializes in driver’s license restoration.  David has amassed great expertise and exceptional knowledge throughout the courts of Southeast Michigan in the areas of drunk driving and its companion issues such as license restoration, drug related offenses, violation of probation, domestic violence, larceny, juvenile law and traffic offenses. 


            David has a noted reputation of winning driver’s license restoration and appellate cases through the circuit court and with the Michigan Department of State – Driver License Appeal Division.  He represents those whose licenses have been suspended, revoked or denied due to various reasons including, but not limited to, criminal activity, drinking and driving convictions or excessive points accumulation.  This has not gone unnoticed to other attorneys in the legal community as they routinely refer their clients to David because of his considerable experience and success in handling cases.

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Licensed for 23 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 1999
Updated 02/23/2023

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David J. Chiappelli
2265 Livernois Road
Suite 350
Troy, MI, 48083


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Posted by Alma | March 10, 2023
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The best ATTORNEY!
The best Attorney Mr.David Chiappelli!This guy is a real deal.He is the best of best . I will recommend this attorney to anyone. Thx Mr Chiappelli. Alma
Posted by Steve | October 26, 2022
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Great Results
David is very enthusiastic in both discussing your case and most importantly getting great results. I recommend him highly!
Posted by James | August 14, 2022
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Exceptional Attorney
David is the most professional, tenacious attorney with the knowledge and experience to back it up. He assisted me with a case and got a felony DUI (with extremely high BAC) dropped to to misdemeanor 2nd offense with minimal (30 days/weekends) incarceration and 6 months of probation. Absolutely NO ONE would have been able to do what David did for me. He truly is the best attorney in the state of Michigan. I highly recommend his service and can not thank him enough. Top notch service
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2022
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Professional and caring lawyer
Mr. Chiappelli was amazing in dealing with my family's legal situation. He listened to us, and worked with us and the legal system to provide the best possible outcome for all parties. I found him to be reliable, efficient and professional.
Posted by Zackary | December 16, 2021
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Best Lawyer In The State
My experience with David can't be put into words, he handled everything from start to finish with ease. He relieved so much stress from my life and got my case dropped down to almost nothing. I would HIGHLY recommend him, I did a lot of research prior to contacting David through a dozen or so attorney's. I actually had even retained an attorney prior to David returning my call and after he had called me back and after speaking to him and understanding how much he truly knows what he is doing. I had cancelled my retainer on the previous attorney and retained David. Seriously, this man is the BEST for what he does and he definitely gets done what he says he can do. Thanks again, David!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2021
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David is a winner!
Working with David Chiappelli was the best decision I've ever made. He helped me get my drivers license back after a long road without one. David had me fully prepared and confident for my hearing, and his knowledge of the process was extremely helpful. There were no hidden fees or extra costs, we agreed upon a price on day 1, and that was that. I cant thank him enough for helping me get my life back on track. I would recommend David Chiappelli if anyone is working on getting their license back. He is a winner, and helped me put my best foot forward.
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2021
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Contact Dave for any legal issues
I heard about Dave due to his great services from a friend and decided to hire him myself for a OWI charge. Dave was very knowledgeable on the things that would help or hurt my case and guided me along through the process. Dave eventually got the case dropped down to a careless driving which is a great reduce from the initial charge! He was always responsive and provided answers any questions throughout the process. I strongly recommend contacting Dave Chiapelli for any legal issues you might have!
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2021
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License Reinstatement
David Chiappelli was a pleasure to work with. His knowledge and experience made the process extremely smooth and straightforward. Thanks to his preparation and due diligence we were able to settle my case in a timely matter without any hitch.
Posted by Cheryl | May 30, 2021
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David J. Chiappelli, Attorney at Law
I am not in the habit of writing reviews. I feel compelled to write this one on David Chiappelli at the Law Offices of Donald E. McGinnis in Troy, Michigan, because our experience working with Mr. Chiappelli had a life altering conclusion for our son. Our son was a heroin addict who was habitually in legal trouble over the span of approximately 9 years. Several of his charges were very serious and he was sentenced to the Oakland County Jail on 5 different occasions. He was certain to end up with a lengthy prison sentence. Mr. Chiappelli had the wisdom to see that his client was capable of leading a clean and productive life if given the chance to participate in rehabilitation services, rather than a prison sentence, where he felt certain our son would relapse in his addiction and lawless lifestyle once released. Mr. Chiappelli's professional knowledge of the law, along with his expertise handling of this case enabled him to convince the judge to grant that opportunity for our son. As a result of Mr. Chiappelli's competence as an attorney, our son will celebrate 6 years 100% clean and sober on December 8, 2021 - with total abstinence of any and all drugs, alcohol, or even over the counter medications. He was able to get into a program to become an electrician, and is at the top of his class with straight A's. He is now married with two sons, and he and his wife bought a nice home in Chesterfield Township, where his wife is a stay-at-home mom to their two sons. He is a productive, law abiding citizen. None of this would have happened without David Chiappelli. He literally saved our son's life. The outcome of this situation would have been a dark one, with a likely prison sentence had we obtained a different attorney. There is no doubt Mr. Chiappelli is the most competent attorney in this area. Our entire family highly recommends him for legal services. You won't regret it. Thank you David. You are - without question - the best. Respectfully, Steve and Cheryl
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2020
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I am convinced we met David Chiappelli by divine appointment. Even at our initial consultation for a multiple DUI charge (for my daughter) David helped us by explaining exactly what he thought the strategy should be. He was so kind and helped remove some of the fear with his knowledge and connections. There were numerous court appearances (before COVID 19). Each time David was able to move forward with confidence for the best outcome for everyone involved. The final outcome did involve some jail time, but far less than typical for this charge. My daughter is getting her life back on track. David is a skilled attorney and we highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2019
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Came to David because I was falsely accused by my ex who I was going through a divorce with. David walked me through things step by step and was great to work with. I highly recommend contacting him for any issues you might have.
Posted by Steven | August 31, 2016
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He was on our side every step of the way!
David was relentless in the courtroom. All possible scenarios- good and bad- were explained in advance. We received a favorable verdict and David was the reason-thank you!
Posted by Amy | May 18, 2015
David Chiappelli
David was very nice, informative, kept me up to date on my case. Would always return my calls, patient with me, and most of all, took his time with me. I would recommend him to anybody. I have given his name to several of my friends and family.
Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2012
Best of the Best
Mr. Chiappelli is and continues to be a Super Lawyer in all sense of the term. He and his firm partners are the best in Michigan, period!. I was alleged to have committed burglary of a home, fleeing and eluding, using a false name, and resisting arrest. I had a prior felony offence before this and he was able to have my bond of 25,000 cash (no 10% no surety all cash) dropped to a no recognizance $0 bond within 3 hours of it being issued and had me out of jail within 5 hours of that. As far as the charges he had all of then dismissed less the burglary, that was dropped to a misdemeanour entering a home with or without permission of the owner, in other words it was the owners fault for not letting me in or mine for not leaving when told.... and I received time served for it (1 day in jail, well 1 day 5 hours) It takes a very well educated, very well connected and very good & well liked bye his peers & colleagues attorney to do all that. I hate to use a cliché here and compare Mr. Chapelli to all these "Mob Attorneys" that grab headlines and get these hardened guys out of all kinds of things but David has them beat bye miles and he isn’t in it for that glory he is in it for his clients. You will not see him in front of the press cameras parading his clients wins and bye association his wins. He is laid back, easy to work with listens well and knows all the right moves. If you ever are in need of an attorney this man is your guy.
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Posted by Don | September 4, 2011
2nd DUI
Dave is a charismatic, knowledgeable, and straight forward. I hired him for my 2nd DUI charge. He was able to get my bond lowered, continue to go to school, which gave me time to complete steps to improve my situation and demonstrate a willingness to stop drinking. With his advice, I was able go home on sentencing day on a tether and get my life on track. 6 months after the charge I asked him a question about my probation and he was able to help me. I was amazed by this to say the least.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • McGinnis Chiappelli Spresser P.C.
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Law Firm of Donald McGinnis Jr.
  • 1999 - 2017


  • Michigan State University
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  • Elmira College
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  • Detroit College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
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Languages Spoken

  • German

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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
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"David is very hard working and does a great job for his clients. He is well prepared, honest, respected, dedicated and a pleasure to work with. He is the kind of lawyer you want by your side when the chips are down."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 08
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Troy Criminal defense Lawyer David J. Chiappelli
David J. Chiappelli
Criminal defense Attorney
Troy, MI
Licensed for 23 years