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Charles E. Chamberlain Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

5.0   1 review

also known as Chip Chamberlain

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  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 42 years
    Virginia - VA 43 years
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1981
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1981
    Former Member No misconduct found

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

About Charles

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Attorney and founding firm partner Charles E. Chamberlain, Jr. has been practicing law in West Michigan for over 30 years. His legal practice has covered a wide variety of trial work in both federal and state courts. Early in his career, “Chip” Chamberlain was a federal prosecutor, as well as a defense attorney.

Chip has earned an excellent reputation among fellow attorneys and judges, and is known as a tough and effective advocate for his clients. He is a fellow of the American and Michigan Bar Foundations. He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2000, and in Michigan Super Lawyers since 2006. The Grand Rapids Magazine has also recognized him as one of Michigan’s top lawyers.

If you have been charged with a crime, you need aggressive, effective and efficient representation dedicated to protecting your rights and interests at every stage of your case. Experienced attorney Chip Chamberlain will effectively support you from the grand jury investigation through an appeal, if necessary.


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Willey & Chamberlain LLP
300 Ottawa Avenue NW
Suite 810
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503-2304


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Posted by John | May 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional lawyer and person
I have retained Chip's services in two separate occasions and absolutely recommend him. He is an experienced, ethical and dedicated attorney for his clients. However, even more importantly, he is supportive and listens. In addition, the entire staff at Wiley & Chamberlain is an asset to clients. While I hope to never need his services again, I know if I do I am in exceptional hands. Chip will fight for his clients and work tirelessly for a positive outcome.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Willey & Chamberlain LLP
  • 1996 - Present
  • Partner
  • Farr & Oosterhouse PC
  • 1990 - 1996
  • Associate
  • Farr & Oosterhouse PC
  • 1987 - 1990
  • Assistant United States Attorney
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • 1983 - 1987
  • Law Clerk
  • U.S. District Court
  • 1981 - 1983
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  • William & Mary Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Duke University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976


  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • 1992 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1992 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • 1983 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1981 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • 1981 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • 1981 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • 1981 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Federal Bar Association (Western District of Michigan chapter)
  • Past President
  • 1997 - 1997
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Honors and Awards

  • President
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Listed
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2006
  • Fellow
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • 2001
  • Listed
  • Best Lawyer in America
  • 2000
  • Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation
  • 1999
  • President
  • Federal Bar Association, West Michigan Chapter
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
Endorse Charles
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Charles. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chip is very hard working, knowledgeable and dedicated to his clients"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chip is an extremely talented criminal defense lawyer. He considered one of the best federal criminal defense lawyers in Michigan. I have referred him clients. I highly recommend this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chip is one of the best criminal attorneys in Grand Rapids. I would recommend Chip and his firm to anyone looking to hire an attorney in a criminal defense matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have had the opportunity of working with Mr. Chamberlain and highly recommend him. He is one of the most knowledgeable and hard-working criminal defense attorneys in the area."
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Grand Rapids Criminal defense Lawyer Charles E. Chamberlain Jr.
Charles E. Chamberlain Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Grand Rapids, MI
Licensed for 43 years
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