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I am a personal injury and criminal defense lawyer with over 32 years of experience. I work very hard for my clients. I am a Stalwart in the American Association for Justice and a Fellow in the National College of Advocacy. I am married with two great children. My daughter recently graduated from Arizona State University making me very proud. My wife is a dedicated elementary school teacher. I went to Gonzaga University for Law School and named our family dog Zagmun. We are die hard Zag basketball fans. We love to travel. We have a condo in Scottsdale Arizona that we enjoy in winter. We love the city of Chicago and the Michigan lakeshore towns like Saugatuck. I am Licensed in Michigan, Colorado, Illinois, and Arizona. I love all those states.


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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 40%
    34 years, 525 cases
  2. Trucking Accident: 20%
    34 years, 133 cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 15%
    34 years, 1.58 thousand cases
  4. Criminal Defense: 13%
    34 years, 975 cases
  5. Personal Injury: 12%
    34 years, 310 cases


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  • Robert F. Mirque Jr.

    I have known Gerald for many years and I can honestly say that his experience is second to none. His approach to cases and the personal touch he offers to his clients will result in your best defense of a criminal charge. I wholeheartedly recommend Gerald if you find yourself in trouble with the law. You can't do any better.


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Contact info

The Law Offices of Gerald R. Stahl

1600 E Beltline Ave NE
Suite 209
Grand Rapids, MI, 49525-7024


AZActive 199404/15/2016
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198305/17/2016
MIActive And In Good Standing198205/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2016
Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of MichiganNational Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys2016
Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in the State of Michigan for 2016The American Society of Legal Advocates2016
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in MichiganThe American Society of Legal Advocates2014
Peer Review Rated DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Lawyers in MichiganThe Legal Network2013
2013 Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2013
Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
2013 Top Contributor AwardAvvo2013
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
StalwartAmerican Association for Justice2002
FellowNational College of Advocacy2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Gerald R Stahl1982 - Present
Panel JudgeCircuit Court Mediator1997 - 2013
Adjunct ProfessorGrand Rapids Community College1984 - 1985
ClerkPinsky, Smith and Soet1981 - 1982
ClerkSharpe, Ganz and Henderson1979 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of MichiganNegligence Law Section2013 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember of Solo and Small Firm Section2008 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember of Automobie Collision Section2001 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law SectionMember1998 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember1994 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
National College of AdvocacyFellow1993 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1982 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Auto/Semi Truck Accident1,300.000.00 Settlement during trial
Criminal Case- DUIDUI-Dismissed
Commercial Van rear ends car$909,000.00 Jury Verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Western Michigan UniversityManagementBachelor of Business Administration1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WFGR Radio/Andy and Dave in The MorningCurrent Legal Issues in DUI Cases2013
Motion Picture, Television, Cable and Radio DivisionLaw with Stahl Radio Show/ Current Legal Issues2009
Forrest Hills Eastern Senior ClassCareer as a Lawyer2009
Kenowa Hills High SchoolConsitutional and Criminal Law in America2006