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Charles E. Chamberlain Jr. - Grand Rapids, MI

300 Ottawa Avenue Suite 810 Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Updated: 05/27/2021

Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyer


Attorney 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.

About Charles E. Chamberlain Jr.

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Attorney and Founding Partner


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1981
  • Virginia, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1981

Other Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, 1981 to present
  • Federal Bar Association, 1981 to present
  • Federal Bar Association, President, Western Michigan Chapter, 1997- 98
  • Federal Bar Association, Co-Chair, Federal Bench/Bar Conference, 1999
  • Federal Bar Association, Hillman Advocacy Program, Steering Committee and Faculty
  • Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Founding Member, 2002 to present
  • Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, President, 2004-05
  • State Bar of Michigan, 1981 to present
  • State Bar of Michigan, U.S. Courts Committee, Member, 1997 to present
  • State Bar of Michigan, U.S. Courts Committee, Chair, 2001-02
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, 1981 to present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, President, 2009-10
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Trustee, 2002 to present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Bicentennial Committee, 1987
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Practice & Procedure Committee for Federal Courts, 1988
  • Virginia State Bar, 1981 to present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan


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

Past Positions

  • Hon. Wendell A. Miles, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, Law Clerk, 1981 - 1983
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Michigan, 1983 - 1987

Pro Bono Activities

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Michigan Bar Foundation


Other Sources of Feedback About Charles E. Chamberlain Jr.

Included on the 2024 Michigan Super Lawyers list

Past Lists

  • 2023 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Michigan Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Charles E. Chamberlain Jr. on Super Lawyers


  • Michigan Super Lawyers since 2006
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2000 to present
  • One of Michigan’s top lawyers, Grand Rapids Magazine


Office Information


300 Ottawa Avenue Suite 810 Grand Rapids, MI 49503


  • 616-458-1158

Accepts Credit Cards


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