Willey & Chamberlain is pleased to announce that effective September 1, 2019, Peter VanGelderen is a member of the firm’s partnership.
Peter first began working with Willey & Chamberlain following graduation from the University of Michigan in 2005. Peter did not intend to pursue a career in criminal law, but his time working for the firm prior to law school exposed him to fascinating cases and legal issues that intrigued him — including assisting with a complex federal fraud case.
Peter went on to attend Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids. He maintained a close relationship with the firm by working for them periodically during breaks from class. While attending law school, he had the opportunity to study abroad through Penn State University’s Dickson School of Law, which included a course taught by Chief Justice John Roberts of the United States Supreme Court. Peter also served as the Chair of the Mock Trial Board in Grand Rapids and a member of the school’s Law Review. In addition, Peter gained experience in criminal law as a PAAM intern at the Ottawa Count Prosecutor’s Office.
After taking the Michigan bar examination, Peter gained valuable experience working on his own as a criminal defense attorney. In August 2011, he was hired on at Willey & Chamberlain as an associate attorney. As an associate, he has developed an excellent reputation in state and federal courts throughout Michigan as a passionate advocate for his clients. He has successfully defended numerous clients in trial and on appeal.
Peter has been exceptionally valuable to the team at Willey & Chamberlain. He has a steady and practical approach to criminal defense while vigorously protecting our clients and their rights. Firm partners Chip Chamberlain, Larry Willey and Britt Cobb are thrilled to expand the partnership to include Peter.