Chip-newAttorney and founding firm partner Charles E. Chamberlain, Jr. has been practicing law in West Michigan for over 30 years. His legal practice has covered a wide variety of trial work in both federal and state courts. Early in his career, “Chip” Chamberlain was a federal prosecutor, as well as a defense attorney.

Chip has earned an excellent reputation among fellow attorneys and judges, and is known as a tough and effective advocate for his clients. He is a fellow of the American and Michigan Bar Foundations. He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2000, and in Michigan Super Lawyers since 2006. The Grand Rapids Magazine has also recognized him as one of Michigan’s top lawyers.

If you have been charged with a crime, you need aggressive, effective and efficient representation dedicated to protecting your rights and interests at every stage of your case. Experienced attorney Chip Chamberlain will effectively support you from the grand jury investigation through an appeal, if necessary.

For more information about criminal defense attorney Chip Chamberlain, or to learn more about the experienced and trusted criminal defense attorneys at Willey & Chamberlain, contact us here or call our office directly at 616.458.2212.

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1981
  • Virginia, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1981


  • College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1981
    • Law Review: William & Mary Law Review, Staff and Research Editor, 1979-81
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1976

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2000 to present
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006 to present
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 1999 to present
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation, 2001 to present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Advisory Committee on Rules, 1998-2004

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
    • President, Western Michigan Chapter, 1997-98
  • Historical Society for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
    • Founding Member
    • President, 2004-05
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • U.S. Courts Committee, 1997-03
    • U.S. Courts Committee Chair, 2001-02
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
    • President 2009-10
    • Trustee, 2002-06
  • Virginia State Bar
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan

Past Employment

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Wendell A. Miles, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1981-83
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Michigan, 1983-87
  • Private Practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1987 to present

Larry C. Willey

August 10, 2015

Charles E. Chamberlain, Jr.

August 9, 2015

Britt Morton Cobb

August 8, 2015

Peter VanGelderen

August 7, 2015

Julia Anne Kelly

April 11, 2018

Tracy Evans

August 6, 2015