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Gerald R Stahl

Car accident Attorney at Holland, MI

4.9   32 reviews
  • State Years
    Arizona - AZ 30 years
    Colorado - CO 30 years
    Illinois - IL 40 years
    Michigan - MI 42 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1983
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Gerald

Learn Gerald’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    45%
    Gerald R. Stahl specializes in recovery of damages for people that have been seriously injured in car and semi truck accidents. He is recognized as a Fellow in the National College of Advocacy. He has recovered millions of dollars for clients that have suffered catastrophic injuries. Gerald R Stahl has 32 years of experience working with insurance companies and adjusters to make sure his client's achieve maximum recovery.

    42 years, 549 cases

  2. Trucking accident
    23%
    Gerald R Stahl has handled numerous serious semi truck accidents throughout his 32 years of practice. Gerald R Stahl knows the importance of having experience in truck wrecks. Truck wrecks are different from car wrecks. Truck are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Violations of these regulations can support various degrees of liability against a company or the driver. Let Gerald R. Stahl's experience in trucking cases help you maximize your recovery.

    42 years, 141 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    15%
    Gerald R Stahl is a Grand Rapids based criminal defense Lawyer. He has been helping people charged with Drunk Driving, DUI, and Super Drunk driving in Western Michigan for over 30 years. He routinely represents people charged in Kent, Ottawa, Allegan and Barry Counties. His office is conveniently located in Grand Rapids on East Beltline near Knapp's Corner and the 63rd District Court.

    42 years, 1,635 cases

  4. Wrongful death
    9%

    42 years, 7 cases

  5. Personal injury
    6%

    42 years, 315 cases

  6. Criminal defense
    2%

    42 years, 975 cases

AGGRESSIVE REPRESENTATION - SPECIALIZING IN PERSONAL INJURY AND CRIMINAL DEFENSE FOR OVER 35 YEARS

I am a personal injury and criminal defense lawyer with over 37 years of experience. I work very hard for my clients. I am a Stalwart in the American Association for Justice, a Diplomate in the National College of Advocacy and a member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100. I am married with two great children. My daughter recently graduated from Arizona State University making me very proud. My wife is a dedicated elementary school teacher. I went to Gonzaga University for Law School and named our family dog Zagmun. We are die hard Zag basketball fans. We love to travel. We have a condo in Scottsdale Arizona that we enjoy in winter. We love the city of Chicago and the Michigan lakeshore towns like Saugatuck. I am Licensed in Michigan, Colorado, Illinois, and Arizona. I love all those states.

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2016,2015,2014,2013
Client's Choice
2016 2015 2014 + 1 ...
Top Contributor 2014,2013
Top Contributor
2014 2013

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Location

Gerald R
217 East 24th Street
Suite 102
Holland, MI, 49423

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  32 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by Vic | February 19, 2015
Gerald Stahl is the Best Personal Injury Lawyer in Grand Rapids...Period!!
I had several law firms contact me after my accident wanting to represent me...but after I met Jerry I knew immediately he was the lawyer for me. He explained everything clearly, explained the options and every single detail in my case played out exactly how he said it would. From the court case to the lawsuit. His knowledge is second to none with over 30 years of experience. He helped me thru the process with complete confidence and I also received the maximum amount for my lawsuit!
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Posted by Matt | June 25, 2013
If you want your case dismissed go with Gerald Stahl. If not, go with someone else.
Let me start by saying that Gerald got my case dismissed. I went to Gerald for assistance with my DUI case. Gerald was very up front with me and managed expectations very well without sugar coating it too much. I have worked with other lawyers who I feel tell you what you want to hear in order to get your business but don't give you a realistic picuture of what can be done. This is not the case with Mr. Stahl. He was forthright and spoke candidly. He constantly kept in contact with me and did a phenomenal job keeping me in the loop and returning/answering all of my calls. He was always prompt and prepared for my court dates and his fees were more than reasonable. That being said it is hard to put a price on freedom and no matter what he charged I feel it would be fair for the service and representation I got. In the end Gerald exceeded my expectations and my case was dismissed. This turned out better than either of us thought it would. Underpromise and overdeliver. That's his motto.
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Posted by Melinda | December 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Better call Stahl
Mr. Stahl was excellent in dealing with my case. Very personable, knowledgable, and always available to answer any questions. Got my charges dropped to the best possible case scenario. Highly recommended!
Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Experience matters!
Mr. Stahl's knowledge of the system and his years of experience are invaluable! Justice was served, I learned my lesson and my sentence was drastically reduced.
Posted by Mark | January 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
He is an extremely professional and efficient lawyer he got me off and two chargers. you got me off at a felony and a domestic was dropped resisting was reduced to attempted resisting he was very organized and prompt he counseled me the appropriate things to do and say he Knows the system and will direct you in the right direction. I recommend him to anybody who Wants the best representation.
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Posted by Angel | November 20, 2018
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Schuch Settlement
Jerry was able to help us with a difficult case in which other peers had recommended him not to even take but he took a chance on us anyways and we are very happy with the settlement outcome!
Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Severely broken leg
I called Jerry after I had had surgery, three days in the hospital and a week in a rehab facility. Because I couldn't put any weight on my leg he graciously came to my house. He took the time to explain the process in a personal injury procedure. Jerry kept me informed on the progress of the case. He was thorough and and accommodating. I would recommend him to anyone in the same situation.
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Posted by tim | August 3, 2017
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Good Job, thank you!
Mr. Stahl’s did good job plea-bargaining my traffic ticket. He is a quick study, clearly knows this area of the law. He appears to be a natural litigator.
Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The best!
He is so kind and humble. And he know his stuff. I had 2 counts of accident causing permanent bodily damage and after the pre trial he had them dropped and only tickets were issued. Couldn't have been happier. So thankful I found Gerry! Hopefully I won't ever need a lawyer AGAIN but if I do he's in my phone on speed dial!! Thank you Gerry for all you did and knowing how to be great at what you do!
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Posted by Adrian | February 7, 2017
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Great
One of the best lawyers I have had the chance to work with. He's there for you and to get the best results for you. Hard worker and overall a great lawyer to have in your corner
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer
Gerald is hands down the best lawyer to have on your side. Gerald not only is very knowledge with Michigan law, but always responsive to all your questions and concerns in a timely manner. He was always attentive, and made sure you understood your options throughout the legal process. He helped me through a very difficult time, and you can certainly rest easy that Gerald is on top of your case. If you are in legal trouble, don't waste your time looking elsewhere, he's your man to hire.
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Posted by Tashua & Michael | October 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Auto Accident
I contacted Jerry's law office after doing a lot of research on West Mi lawyers. The day I called, my husband was in the hospital following an auto accident. It was a pretty terrifying time in our lives. I expected to call the law office and make an appointment. Instead, the staff member put me directly through to Jerry, who took the time to have a thorough conversation with me, ask questions, and fully understand the details. Jerry then came to the hospital to meet with my husband and me that same afternoon, and we hired him. Throughout every step of the case Jerry kept in constant contact with us to keep us updated, explained legal details to us in a direct and forthright manner, and was compassionate. Jerry worked hard for us and negotiated a settlement that will give us peace of mind in caring for my husband now and in the future. I highly recommend Jerry.
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Posted by Derek | September 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
DUI? Hire the Best!
Don't waste anymore time looking for another attorney. If you have stumbled across Gerald R Stahl in your search, call him now for a consultation. You will not find a better option. Not only is he extremely smart and resourceful, but has a profound understanding of the in's and out's of the legal system. On top of these attributes, he is extremely attentive and thorough when working with you on the case. His knowledge and demeanor helped put me at ease on many occasions. Calls were always returned and questions answered in a timely fashion. Not a second went by during my process where I didn't feel like I wasn't his top priority. Despite my ignorance with the system and the process, he validated my concerns and put me at ease from beginning to end. His experience as a Lawyer gives him insight most attorneys simply don't posses. Not to mention, his contacts throughout the different courthouses etc. Let's face it. Sometimes it comes down to who you know in order to get results and get the job done. A small Avvo review cannot possibly explain how grateful I am to his and the "magic" he was able to work. He was able to get my charge of "refusal to blow" in the PBT dropped. This could have resulted in a year suspension on my driver's license and is not easy charge to get dropped. Plus, he got my Super dropped to a regular. Call him. You won't be disappointed.
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Posted by Bryan | August 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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DUI
I had an issue with a DUI offense and he helped me get through as best as he could. He told me exactly what's going to happen and what I needed to say infront of the judge. If it wasn't for him I would've been in a big mess with everything. He treats you like a friend and he's the best one for the job to help.
Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2016
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Uninsured Motorist Claim
Mr. Stahl obtained the maximum amount allowed for damages incurred by an uninsured motorist according to my insurance policy. He did so promptly after the necessary medical documents were available. Mr. Stahl also drove me to the bank to deposit the check because my injury prohibits driving at this time.
Posted by Ari | January 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Five Star Lawyer
I don't want to go into details about my case but I hired Gerry to represent me for an auto accident. Before hiring Gerry, I interviewed a few other attorneys who all seemed hesitant in taking on my case b/c of Michigan's complex auto no fault law. When i interviewed Gerry, he told me right away the experience he has in handling auto cases and seemed confident that we would get a settlement. Gerry made me feel like I was his only client and 100% committed to my case. He called me to check in on me just to see how I was doing and how my rehab was going. When ever I had a question he responded promptly. He explained everything in great detail and kept me informed of the status on everything. Initially the insurance company tried to low ball us, but Gerry ended up getting me 5 X the amount they originally offered me. Gerry is a compassionate, patient, thorough, and hard working attorney which are all qualities hard to find in a good attorney. I have absolutely no hesitations in recommending Gerry as an attorney. If you want a lawyer that not only dots their i's and crosses their t's and cares about you, Gerry is your lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2015
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District Court Misdemeanor + Sec. of State Admin. Hearing
Mr. Stahl was referred by a trusted friend who wash only a long time family friend of Mr. Stahl's, but had also hired him for a similar proceeding. After an initial telephone consultation, Mr. Stahl invited me to his offices, where after his thorough explanation of his experience relative to my case and extraordinarily prediction of what to expect, I hired him. His prediction was nearly perfect. Moreover, thanks to some timely guidance and last minute strategic action, the administrative hearing regarding a long term suspension of my license was averted completely.
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Posted by Marc | September 14, 2015
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Gerald R Stahl
My experience with Gerald Stahl was great. When I entered my information online I received a number of responses from attorneys stating their fees, from Gerald I received a few questions and a phone number. An informative conversation later I hired him and met the same day. I was charged with a felony and a misdemeanor. The misdemeanor was dropped and the felony reduced to a first offence misdemeanor which was what he predicted from our first meeting. I would highly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2015
Mr. Stahl a professional that yeilds the best results!
If you ever need a lawyer Mr. Stahl is your best option. He is trustworthy, knowledgeable and kept me informed of any information I needed. When I had questions he was quick to respond, which was very helpful in a time sensitive situation. In court Mr. Stahl was an outstanding professional. Our time in court was short and painless, yielding the best results. I would recommend him to family, or friends that have any legal needs. If life happens and you find yourself backed into a corner there is no better option than having Mr. Stahl in your corner to fight for you. In my opinion there is no better option. Mr. Stahl is excellent!
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Posted by anonymous | December 24, 2014
Reliable and Instills Confidence
My experience with Jerry was definitely a good one. He was honest about what I was going up against and thoroughly explained the process that we would be going through with the legal system. He also did a great job of instilling confidence in me in that we would be able to get the best possible outcome for my case. Finally, Gerald is very familiar with the people of the 63rd district court so you can be confident that he knows which people to talk to in order to get all the information he needs to win your case. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Gerald R Stahl
  • 1982 - Present
  • Panel Judge
  • Circuit Court Mediator
  • 1997 - 2018
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • 1984 - 1985
  • Clerk
  • Pinsky, Smith and Soet
  • 1981 - 1982
  • Clerk
  • Sharpe, Ganz and Henderson
  • 1979 - 1981
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Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Western Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Michigan No-Fault, Head-on Collision, Holland, MI
  • Settlement $175,000.00
  • Motorcycle Crash Settlement, Ottawa County Michigan
  • Settlement $220,000.00
  • ATV Accident
  • $250,000.00 Policy Limits
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Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Negligence Law Section
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member of Solo and Small Firm Section
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member of Automobie Collision Section
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • National College of Advocacy
  • Fellow
  • 1993 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Diplomate of Trial Advocacy
  • American Association for Justice
  • 2022
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyer State of MIchigan
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Lifetime Achievement Selection
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers State of Michigan
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Personal Injury Lawyer
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 10% Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Michigan
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in the State of Michigan for 2016
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in Michigan
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyers in Michigan
  • The Legal Network
  • 2013
  • 2013 Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • 2013 Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Stalwart
  • American Association for Justice
  • 2002
  • Fellow
  • National College of Advocacy
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Motion Picture, Television, Cable and Radio Division
  • Law with Stahl Radio Show/ Current Legal Issues
  • 2009
  • Forrest Hills Eastern Senior Class
  • Career as a Lawyer
  • 2009
  • Kenowa Hills High School
  • Consitutional and Criminal Law in America
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (55)
Given (67)
Endorse Gerald
Car accident Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Gerald for many years and I can honestly say that his experience is second to none. His approach to cases and the personal touch he offers to his clients will result in your best defense of a criminal charge. I wholeheartedly recommend Gerald if you find yourself in trouble with the law. You can't do any better."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Stahl. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Keen attention to detail with exceptional client service. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Other
"A highly experienced, well-rounded and compassionate attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gerald is a fine attorney with a solid reputation in the community. I recommend him for anyone who needs a conscientious counsel!"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Other
"Great attorney who works hard to get the best results for clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gerald Stahl is is an extremely knowledgeable attorney who provides zealous representation on behalf of his clients. He is well respected in the legal profession."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Based on his comments on AVVO, it is clear that he is an excellent DUI/DWI attorney. I would not hesitate to refer cases to him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"33 years of practicing law is what we refer to as experienced. His knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in his pro bono contributions here. His clients have given him stellar reviews. READ THEM! Endorsements from his peers are also outstanding. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with him."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This lawyer is a tremendous advocate for his clients. I give him my highest endorsement in the field of personal injury and automobile accidents."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gerald. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top notch attorney, who provides excellent legal service and successful representation. I happily endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
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Avvo Contributions

Top Contributor 2014
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Holland Car accident Lawyer Gerald R Stahl
Gerald R Stahl
Car accident Attorney
Holland, MI
Licensed for 42 years