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Peter VanGelderen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Grand Rapids, MI

Willey & Chamberlain LLP
300 Ottawa Avenue NW, Suite 810
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-458-2212
Fax: 616-458-1158
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021
Licensed in Michigan Since: 2009
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (70%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Peter VanGelderen is a partner with Willey & Chamberlain LLP law firm in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Nationally ranked as among the top attorneys in the country, Mr. VanGelderen has more than 11 years of total legal experience, and he provides invaluable counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Grand Rapids metro and surrounding areas who stand accused or are under investigation for serious criminal offenses, including any of the following:


· Drug crimes

· Federal RICO cases

· Fraud

· White collar crimes

· Violent crimes

· Other felonies and misdemeanors

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. VanGelderen has achieved remarkable success fighting to protect the rights and liberties of his defendant clients while helping them achieve their goals and the favorable outcomes they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. At all turns, he delivers the highly personalized counsel his clients need to make the best-informed decisions, and he has gained a reputation for his impassioned and aggressive advocacy on behalf of his clients inside and outside the courtroom.

Honored for his impeccable professionalism and outstanding client service, Mr. VanGelderen has earned perennial Top 40 Under 40 rankings from The National Trial Lawyers, and Grand Rapids Magazine voted him among the area's Top Non-White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2021. He has also received many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers along with Superb client ratings on Avvo.

A 2005 graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. VanGelderen obtained his Juris Doctor with distinction from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2009. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. 

Mr. VanGelderen is also an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan and the State Bar of Michigan. He is also a member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association and its Criminal Law Section as well as the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI


7 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021

About Peter VanGelderen

First Admitted: 2009, Michigan

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, Associate Editor, 2009

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Reid VanGelderen Scholarship Fund, Administrator and Fundraiser
  • Lighthouse Academy, Board of Directors, Vice President


  • , Grand Rapids Magazine Top Lawyers 2020-2021, Non White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • , Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2015-2020
  • , The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 under 40, 2016
  • , National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2017-2020

Educational Background

  • University of Michigan, B.A., 2005

Bar/Professional Activity

  • State Bar of Michigan, 2009
  • Federal Bar Association (Western District of Michigan)
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association (Criminal Law Section)
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2009
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Office Location for Peter VanGelderen

300 Ottawa Avenue NW
Suite 810
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616-458-2212

Fax: 616-458-1158

Last Updated: 7/2/2021

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