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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    35 years
  2. Litigation: 15%
    30 years
  3. Ethics: 10%
    25 years


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Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • Peter Alan VanGelderen

    Having the opportunity to work closely with Chip on numerous cases, I have seen the skill and attention he gives every client and the effort he puts forth to get the best possible result. His knowledge of the law allows for effective advocacy on many issues for his clients in both state and federal court. In addition, he is one of the most highly-regarded defense attorneys in West Michigan.


    Peter VanGelderen Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Charles. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

WIlley & Chamberlain LLP

300 Ottawa Avenue NW
Suite 810
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503-2304


MIActive And In Good Standing198105/14/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law198103/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
PresidentGrand Rapids Bar Association2009
FellowMichigan State Bar Foundation2001
ListedBest Lawyer in America2000
FellowAmerican Bar Foundation1999
PresidentFederal Bar Association, West Michigan Chapter1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFarr & Oosterhouse PC1987 - 1996
Assistant United States AttorneyU.S. Department of Justice1983 - 1987
Law ClerkU.S. District Court1981 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganN/A1992 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1992 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationN/A1983 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1981 - Present
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationN/A1981 - Present
Virginia State BarN/A1981 - Present
State Bar of MichiganN/A1981 - Present
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationPast President2009 - 2009
Federal Bar Association (Western District of Michigan chapter)Past President1997 - 1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William & Mary Law SchoolN/AN/A1981
Duke University School of LawN/AN/A1976