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Kelly G. Lambert III

Criminal defense Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

4.5   26 reviews

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Kelly was born in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids. In 1985 he received his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Michigan State University where he was a National Merit Scholar.  In December 1988, he received his law degree from University of Michigan Law School where he was the recipient of the Wolverine State Bar Association Scholarship.  In 1989, Kelly was licensed to practice law in New York.  In 1990 he was admitted to practice law in Michigan.  He was admitted to practice in the US District Court for Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan in 1990 and 2009, respectively.


Actively involved in community orginazations for years, Kelly has worked with the Clinic for Child Advocacy and a board member for United Way Justice Committe.  He has also been a legal writer for Grand Rapids Times, volunteers for neighborhood associations and election campaign committees, served on the Grand Rapids Community College Business Advisory Board, served as Trustee for Living Word Church and board member for Guiding Light Missions. 


Prior to his legal career, Mr. Lambert worked at the Pentagon for the Secretary of the Air Force.

Licensed for 33 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 1990
Updated 02/23/2023
State NY
Status Resigned
Acquired 1989
Updated 11/17/2022

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Law Offices of Kelly G Lambert III - Kent County
1444 Michigan Street NE
Suite 9
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503


4.5 / 5.0
  26 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2022
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Review of kelly G. Lambert
Was very impressed by Mr. Lambert professionalism and his commitment to serve me to the best of his ability. To add, I couldn't be more thankful of the outcome knowing I couldn't represent myself to have the same outcome in the court of law... I recommend Mr. Lambert if your looking for a better outcome, someone who will conduct business in a fair manner and keep it professional at all times to serve one.
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Posted by Michael | June 16, 2021
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Calm and V effective.
Mr. Lambert appears to command respect and admiration from the mediator and judge. He was upfront about the cost in the beginning and did not demand a penny more eventhough the case dragged on longer than initially anticipated.
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2019
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Great attorney
He was amazing! He took on 4 cases for me...a medical case, custody, a civil case and child support. He one all of them. With won't go as fast as you would like it...however I got the results I was looking for. I have recommended him many times! Kelly is very can count on him!
Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2019
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Professional and straight forward
My Lawyer knew his stuff. He let me know all my options and saved me a lot of heartache and pain by getting me out of a tough situation due to my lack of knowledge of what was actually available to me by law.
Posted by Sharon | January 11, 2019
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Awesome attorney
I’ve know Kelly for over 15 years, he is the ONLY attorney I will ever use. His rates are fair, he does a wonderful job & explains things as we go. He handled my divorce & guardian ship cases in a very timely & professional manner. Thank you Kelly
Posted by Jeremy | July 31, 2018
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Beyond Best of the best!!!
I consulted with another 4 letter firm in Grand rapids for a divorce attorney before Mr. Lambert's office. The other firm was a sad excuse for representation, despite constant advertising on the radio. I was recommended by a friend to Mr. Lambert's office as he had done an excellent job representing 2 of my friends I found out. As soon as I made my appointment for consultation I knew I was in better hands. When I arrived at The law office of Kelly Lambert III, I could tell first that I wouldn't be giving every paycheck to him as the office is not a downtown high rise, nor are there any fancy sport cars in the parking lot. Mrs. DrieSenga welcomed me as if I were family when I came in. She was well aware of the situation I was in, and that my life had become a storm. After consulting with Mr.Lambert we covered his completely upfront and honest contract. Yes, open, upfront, honest, and fair contact! Mr. Lambert treats his clients with utmost respect and is also aware of their brokenness, hardship, emotional rollercoaster, and everything else that goes with divorce. Just from the first time I met both Michelle and Kelly, I knew I was safe, my kids were safe, we were going to be protected and ok. From that point on my worries went to barely anything. They were simple questions and all I had to do was call or email. Communication is so great between this dynamic duo and their clients. I literally was not scared once, was prepared for things when needed, and not to mention received a much more favorable outcome than I would have trusted any other attorney office in Michigan to get me, especially the 4 letter one. To sum up my experience: Mrs. Driesenga Is the perfect match for Mr. Lambert and the clients they represent. She made sure I didn't miss court dates as they get moved all the time, helped me with all the humongous stacks of paperwork, filing, most of all, she can listen when you need a safe ear. Mr. Lambert is so knowledgeable, professional, experienced lawyer. There's no question he will be on your side with your best interest at hand the whole way through!! I recommend the law office of Kelly Lambert III to everyone I know and everyone I will meet and to anyone reading this. No regrets will be had by hiring them, AT ALL! They are the best of the best and then some!
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Posted by Lucius | December 31, 2017
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Excellent Lawyer Mr. Lambert
Jesus Heals the Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19) Main Point: We should each be truly thankful for what Jesus has done for us. Thank you Attorney Lambert for your incredible service in representing our case.
Posted by Al | November 13, 2017
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Mr. Lambert
My divorce was not difficult, so Mr. Lambert did not have to fight tooth and nail like i thought he would have to. However, Mr. Lambert was thorough and professional. Wish i would have hired him a long time ago. Thank you, Mr. Lambert and Michelle for putting this behind me.
Posted by Melinda | August 18, 2017
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Would recommend him to all who ask.
In 2010 thur 2011 i had him fight for me and my kids against my ex who left us with nothing and would not give me a divorce. Would recommend him to all who ask. He worked with me on payment and gave me a good price
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2017
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Kelly was very compassionate on the stand. He utilizes anything and everything in your defense to ensure that you win your case or have the lowest charge possible. Highly recommended him if you want to feel confident about winning your case.
Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2016
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Kelly was very professional and thorough with research on the lawsuit that was presented. I highly recommend him for his honesty of our situation and his help in resolving it. We will always to continue to use his services whenever we need help or advice
Posted by Anthony | March 30, 2016
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Falsely Accused
Share Your Experience [Content] I was going through a case that I was being falsely accused. At the time I had a court appointed lawyer That had all the evidence that I felt should have got the case dismissed or thrown out. I went to the law office of Kelly G. Lambert and asked Mr. Lambert to review the case and evidence that I had. After Mr. Lambert review my case he insured me if I hire him that this case wouldn't make it to trial. I hired Kelly, he went right to work on the case and less then two weeks the case got thrown out. Kelly G. Lambert is an attorney of his word and he does a excellent Job. I highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2015
What a difference !!!
Can not begin to tell you all the run around of top rated lawyers, This guy does what he says and doesn't take everything you own. Very prompt, caring HONEST, Did I say HONEST WOW can't find that anymore. After run arounds from several top lawyers we turned around and called this office, and got results right away SAME DAY and for less. Didn't know life didn't have to be so stressful when you get the right lawyer
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2015
If u need a miracle call Kelly!!!!
I have been using Kelly for about 7 years now mostly for family but a few various other situations. He pulled of the most amazing miracle for me today! I should have gone to jail. It should have gotten moved up to a felony where I would have done at least 5 years. Not only did Kelly get one of my charges dropped completely but it was held as a misdemeanor and no jail time. Just probation- which I need anyway. Thanks so much Kelly and I will definitely be calling u again in the future when needed!
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Posted by reka | July 1, 2014
Highly Recommended
I have had the pleasure of Kelly Lambert to represent me in a number or occasions, he has won me custody of three grandchildren and a successful Bankruptcy and he represented well in all cases. I recently had the pleasure of seeing him represent a friends husband who was facing up to 30 years prison time for possession of illegal substance with the intent to deliver. Mr. Lambert did not settle if it was not in the best interest for his client, he negotiated with the prosecution until a deal was made and his client had two charges dropped and probation was recommended. His client was sentenced to 1year jail time and 4 years probation, which is a big difference from 30 years. I would recommend Mr. Lambert for any legal assistance, he is an attorney who not just is there to take your money, but he puts his all into the case to make sure his client is satisfied.
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Posted by Dianna | June 29, 2014
"He is Worth Every Cent"!!!
Mr. Lambert is the epitome of a great defense attorney who will be the advocate on behalf of his client to ensure that he or she will be treated fairly in a time that it matters the most. I hired Mr. Lambert to defend my husband who was awaiting a one to thirty year sentence with three charges for possession of illegal substance with the intent to deliver. I had been told before that Mr. Lambert is in the business to negotiate probation or the minimum sentence possible. Mr. Lambert's reputation spoke volumes on the day of my husband sentence. Mr. Lambert was able to negotiate with the prosecution and worked out a deal that resulted in dropping two charges and a recommendation of probation. In the end, my husband was sentenced to 330 days in the county jail and four years probation. Even though I would rather have my husband home, I am a practical person who understands that the extent of his crime could of lead him to face anywhere between one to thirty years in prison if we didn't have Mr. Lambert's help. I would definitely recommend him to my friends and family. As my husband would say "he is worth every cent". Thank you and God Bless!
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Posted by nikole | November 10, 2013
We used Kelly in what turned out to be a three year battle to terminated the rights of my ex-husband and have my current husband adopt my girls. My previous lawyer was less than satisfactory which led me to a search online for Kelly. Kelly's office was in a different county than where we appeared in court but he was always there in a timely manner ready to fight for my girls. We were very impressed with the integrity of Kelly and his tenacity to our case. Even when extra work had to be done to allow the termination ( a problem with the laws in Michigan not his representation), Kelly and his team seemed genuinely interested in having our case resolved for the benefit of our girls. Emails and phone calls were always responded to whenever I had questions with no extra fees, and in the end as the judge stated " Mr. Lambert I commend you on your evidence in this case". I gladly recommend Kelly to anyone looking for a family law lawyer.
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Posted by John | June 4, 2013
Don't Start None, It Won't Be None
I came to attorney Kelly G. Lambert III, because my son was set up by some co-workers at his job. One of them being an ex girlfriend of his. Police was called to investigate and upon talking to each lady, each one giving a different story to the police, the police told my son that he had nothing to worry about that he was closing the case. My son later found out that the police turned the case over to the prosecutor. Mr. Lambert had told us up front what all my son might have to go through. Mr. Lambert went through the the police report and noted all the inconsistencies and lies and was able to get the prosecutor to drop the case. Mr. Lambert did a great job. My son is in his early 20's and did not need a criminal record just cause he broke up with a woman.
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2013
Excellent help with bankruptcy!
Had a very difficult bankruptcy, was in dange of loosing home to foreclosure. Mr. Lambert was able to stop the sheriff sale with the bankruptcy, which allowed me additional time to work out a modification and save my home. In addition, he was able to stop garnishments from my taxes and paychecks and get a significant amount of debt discharged. Highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2012
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy smoothly discharged
I had a somewhat complicated Chapter 7 bankruptcy. This presented no problem for Mr. Lambert, who walked me through the entire process, protected all of my assets and ensured my debts were discharged. Great office to work with for any legal matter.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney - Owner
  • Law Offices of Kelly G Lambert III
  • 1997 - Present
  • Office Manager
  • Construction Trades Subcontracting
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Attorney
  • Law Weathers
  • 1990 - 1995
  • Attorney
  • Rosenman & Colin
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Law Clerk
  • Rosenbaum, Clarke, Foster & Tarpinian
  • 1985 - 1985
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  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • CSC case facing life sentence
  • Negotiated 9 month sentence
  • CSC case facing 15 yr sentence
  • All charges dismissed


  • Living Word Christian Church
  • Trustee
  • 2005 - Present
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • 1990 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Community College Business Advisory Board
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Legal Assistance Center
  • N/A
  • Guiding Light Mission
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • Black Law Student Alliance Chapter
  • National/Regional Liason Officer
  • 1985 - 1988
  • Family Law Project Clinic
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Scholarship Recipient
  • American Legion
  • N/A
  • National Merit Scholar
  • National Merit Scholarship Organization
  • N/A
  • Scholarship recipient
  • State of Michigan Competitive Scholarship
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Church service
  • Gifts of the Spirit
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (13)
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Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Lambert is one of the finest attorneys in his state, he is a credit to the legal profession and I highly recommend his legal services."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Mr. Lambert. He demonstrates an impressive knowledge of the law based on his accurate legal answers on Avvo. He is an asset to the legal field and respected by colleagues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Lambert is a highly respected, aggressive advocate for his clients. He is a winner! I recommend and endorse him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kelly. Highly respected in the legal community with a strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kelly. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Lambert. He is a hard-working, experienced, top qualified choice for criminal defense counsel in the Grand Rapids area."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Kelly many times over the years. He is professional, reasonable, and knows the law. I would not hesitate to recommend him to a friend."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've referred clients to Kelly in the past. He has a well-deserved reputation as an excellent DUI attorney. I recommend him highly."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kelly. He is well respected in the community for his knowledge, experience and integrity."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
General practice Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you want to know how good a lawyer is you can read some of his many well written and published answers to questions on Or you can read the praise that his former clients publicly give him. Or you can see the recommendations that other lawyers write about him because they respect his legal abilities and his willingness to fight for his clients. You can also check out his web site for the useful information there too. When you do all that, you will see exactly why I gladly endorse Mr. Kelly Lambert. He knows the law, he explains it well for folks who need help, and he cares about his clients. If you have a legal question and his office is anywhere near you, he is your answer. I recommend him to you."
General practice Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He gives great insightful answers which show his concern for his clients. I'd recommend him to my family members without reservation."
General practice Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I was formerly an associate attorney in Mr. Lambert's office and had the opportunity to work with him on a variety of matters. Mr. Lambert is thorough, meticulous and has a keen eye for detail. He is professional and truly cares about his clients and works to achieve the most paramount outcome for all of the cases that he is hired to take on."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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