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Peter Alan VanGelderen

also known as Peter VanGelderen

About me

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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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    6 years
  2. Federal Crime: 25%
    5 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
    6 years
  4. Expungement: 5%
    6 years

Payment

Fees:

Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Andrew Sterling Longcore

    Peter is a great asset to the community. I don't think I have ever not seen him on the go getting work done. I would definitely recommend him.

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  • Andrew Sterling Longcore

    Peter is a great asset to the community. I don't think I have ever not seen him on the go getting work done. I would definitely recommend him.

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    Andrew Longcore Mergers and acquisitions Attorney
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Contact info

Willey & Chamberlain LLP

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

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MIActive And In Good Standing200908/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyWilley & Chamberlain2011 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Peter VanGelderen PLLC2010 - 2011
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2014 - Present
Michigan Association of OWI AttorneysN/A2014 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Western District of Michigan chapter)N/A2012 - Present
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganN/A2011 - Present
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
State Bar of MichiganN/A2009 - Present
Young Lawyers - Grand Rapids Bar AssociationN/A2009 - 2014
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of MichiganHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2005