Chris focuses his practice on State and Federal litigation, family law, criminal law, and mediation. Named 2022 Top Criminal Defense Lawyer in Grand Rapids by Grand Rapids Magazine!
- Represented clients in more than 3,000 court hearings
- Tried more than 150 cases to verdict
- Successfully handled cases throughout Michigan, including in the counties of Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Macomb, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oakland, Oceana, Van Buren, and Wayne.
- Successfully represented clients in the federal courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan
- Represented overn who were victims of child abuse and neglect, and represents wrongfully accused parents in child abuse cases and violations of their constitutional right to parent. Chris is a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children. The NACC is the only organization providing a certification in Child Welfare Law that is recognized by the American Bar Association.
- Served as a past Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan representing the Michigan Public Service Commission
- Externed in the United States District Court (ND Ohio) and interned in the Ottawa County (MI) Prosecutor's Office during law school
“I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Wirth - often as opposing counsel - in family court, including several trials. He is a knowledgeable and skilled attorney. Most significantly, however, he possesses innate psychological understanding and quick wit that together translate into excellent courtroom skill. I would endorse him to anyone facing serious legal challenges in family or criminal law.” Attorney Michael Brown
"Chris -- you gave your client one of the best defenses I've seen in a long while." Adam Dreher, Ionia County Assistant Prosecutor
- Appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to its Statewide Court Improvement Task Force for Child Welfare
- Appointed to the Judicial Qualifications Committee by the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners
- Appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Statewide Task Force on Child Abuse & Neglect
- Represents the 20th Circuit on the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly
- Appointed to the Outreach & Hearings Committee of the State Bar of Michigan
- Elected by his peers and currently serving on the Ottawa County Bar Association Board of Directors
- Publicly endorsed in his 2016 judicial campaign by Kent County Judges TJ Ackert, Patrick Hillary, Jeff O’Hara, George Quist and Paul Sullivan
- Received the Paul J. Hergenroeder Award for Outstanding Success in Trial Advocacy
- Nominated for 2018 Lawyer-Guardian Ad Litem of the Year Award given by the Michigan Foster Care Review Board
- Named a 2015 Michigan Top Lawyer in corporate law
- Named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in business law in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
- Named 10 Best Michigan Family Lawyers in 2015 by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
"Chris has the respect of his colleagues because he believes our laws must be applied without political or personal bias," Abraham Gonzales, past President of the Ottawa County Bar Association
- Taught Article 9 Secured Transactions as a visiting law professor at WMU-Cooley Law School
- Taught Entertainment Law and Sports Law as an adjunct professor at WMU-Cooley Law School
- Taught business law as an adjunct in the management department of Grand Valley State University
- Conducts trainings on abuse and neglect cases, and the role of the Attorney-Guardian Ad Litem for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and its contract agencies
- Speaks on the importance of foster care resources and recruiting
“Chris is trusted by Ottawa County to care for our most vulnerable citizens,” Steve Eckert, retired Director of Bethany Christian Services.
- Solutions and outcome oriented
- Experienced mediator
- Certified domestic facilitative mediator and satisfied all of the Michigan State Court Administrative Office's domestic relations and domestic violence training requirements under MCR 3.216