also known as Peter VanGelderen
Committed to honest, passionate, and thorough representation of clients facing criminal prosecution.Arrested for OWI? We are here to help you navigate through the case and protect your interests.Committed to honest, passionate, and thorough representation of clients facing criminal prosecution.
I earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan in history, with a minor in moral and political philosophy in 2005. Following my studies, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to clerk at Willey, Chamberlain, & Yates, which was my first experience with criminal law. I received a J.D., with distinction, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2009. While in law school, I served as an associate editor of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review and Chairman of the Mock Trial Board, Grand Rapids Campus. Additionally, I had the opportunity to intern in the Ottawa County Prosecutor's Office which provided experience with trial work and criminal law.
Prior to joining Willey & Chamberlain LLP as an associate attorney, I used my education and experiences from law school to open a private practice devoted exclusively to criminal law. During that time, I focused on alcohol related offenses, drug offenses, and violent crimes and was able to gain valuable experience in state courts throughout West Michigan. Since joining Willey & Chamberlain, I have continued to develop my expertise in these areas while expanding my practice into federal criminal defense.
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|MI||Active And In Good Standing||2009||08/03/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 40 Under 40||The National Trial Lawyers||2016|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Associate Attorney||Willey & Chamberlain||2011 - Present|
|Owner||Law Office of Peter VanGelderen PLLC||2010 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||2014 - Present|
|Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys||N/A||2014 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association (Western District of Michigan chapter)||N/A||2012 - Present|
|Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan||N/A||2011 - Present|
|Grand Rapids Bar Association||N/A||2009 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Young Lawyers - Grand Rapids Bar Association||N/A||2009 - 2014|
|Thomas M. Cooley Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|University of Michigan||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|