Address220 W. Main Street Ionia, MI 48846
“I have been pleased with the way [Cheryl Chadwick] handled my case. She treated me very fairly, explained everything very well and was willing to do extra to put me at ease about the situation. I’m very grateful.”
“Pat Duff has always been a trusted friend when addressing our legal issues for our family. A class act all the way!”
“We are very happy with Tom Chadwick and the work he has done for us. We refer all of our friend to him ”
“Pat [Duff] is the best. He goes over and above what he has to in order to help his clients. He gives clear advice on the case and he is not only the best lawyer I’ve ever had, he is a friend. Thanks Pat.”
“Tom [Chadwick] assisted us in will preparation and revising previous documents. We were pleased with the amount of time Tom took in explanation of terms and processes. He was very thorough in his explanations and helped us clearly understand what our documents meant. We would definitely work with Tom in the future and are comfortable with referring him to our family and friends for services.”
“Mr. Duff prepared our will and made the entire experience as easy and quick as it could be. He did an excellent job explaining the many scenarios so that we could make an informed decision. We certainly appreciate all his help and his assistant is also wonderful. She was a pleasure to work with.”
“Tom [Chadwick] was great. He explained everything in a way that was easy to understand. He answered all our questions clear and concise. He was very professional but did so on a personal level.”
“It was truly a pleasure! Professional, personable and detail oriented. Asking all the right questions to assure our work would be completed in full and with accuracy.” Patrick Lorvo
“I received the help I needed from Tom Chadwick to fill out my Power of Attorney. He explained it in a language I could understand and went over any questions I had.” Jane Riker
“Cheryl Chadwick is always to the point. If I did not understand something she would take the time to explain it to me. She never hurried me at an appointment. She was thorough with what I needed to give her. She is people friendly! And she smiled a lot! I never felt like she held me beneath her.”
“Mr. Duff handled my Mother’s estate. He answered all of our questions and was very helpful. The office staff was very good also. Thanks very much.”
Family Law, Appellate work (Michigan Court of Appeals & Michigan Supreme Court), Personal Injury, Drunk Driving/MIP defense, Driver License Restoration, Social Security/Disability Appeals, Mediation (Civil, Divorce,Custody, Special Education, Agriculture, Small Claims), Restorative Justice
Married to wife Lois and has 2 children, Eamon and Erin
Family Law, Divorce, Custody, Wills and Estate Planning, Municipal Law, Corporate/Business Law, Landlord/Tenant
Married to Cheryl for over ten years with five children, Hannah, Abraham, Benjamin, Silas and Miriam
Personal Bankruptcy, Trusts/Wills/Estate Planning
Married to Tom for more than ten years, with five children, Hannah, Abraham, Benjamin, Silas and Miriam
Eric began his career in the legal field as a police officer for thirteen years with the Charlotte Police Department. He served as the local Fraternal Order of Police Union President, where he negotiated collective bargaining agreements and handled many other labor issues for the union.
While a police officer, he pursued his law degree while working full time. He joined the Eaton County Prosecutor's Office as an Assistant Prosecutor and later joined the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office. While at the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office, he served as the Chief of Narcotics and Major Crimes Unit where he tightened his skills as a trial attorney. He was the lead prosecutor in many “Cold Case” homicide trials, and has tried many homicide cases.
He has over 16 years experience as an Assistant Prosecutor. He is also an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he teaches trial skills.
Eric focuses his practice in the following areas:
Civil Litigation. Eric represents individuals and businesses in civil litigation in the Michigan state courts as well as in Federal Courts.
Criminal Defense. Eric aggressively represents clients throughout the state of Michigan charged in state and federal courts with misdemeanors, felonies, driver license restoration/appeals, probation violations and more.
Employment Law. Eric represents employees and employers in wrongful termination matters and denial of unemployment benefits.
Family Law. Eric represents individuals in divorce cases, child custody matters, child support, alimony, and complex property division.
Immigration. Eric represents clients and families seeking U.S. Citizenship, change in status and deportation issues.
Bar and Court Admissions:
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
Academy Instructor, Grand Valley State University Police Academy
Adjunct Professor, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Member, Grand Rapids Bar Association
Member, Ionia/Montcalm Bar Association
Member, Ottawa County Bar Association
Visiting Faculty – Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Widener University School of Law
2012 – Eric represented a client charged with One Count of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree and Two Counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Second Degree, in Ionia County Circuit Court. The client was looking at a minimum sentence of at least ten years to life, but Eric negotiated a plea agreement of 27 months to 7 ? years.
2012 – Eric represented a client being sued in Kent County Circuit Court on a complicated real estate matter involving more than $350,000 in cash and real estate. The case resolved with the client paying zero dollars and title to properties being resolved in the client's favor.
2012 – Eric represented a client in Ionia County Circuit Court on a Home Invasion Second Degree case. The prosecutor wanted the client to plead guilty and agree to a prison term. Eric negotiated a plea agreement on the eve of trial to a Misdemeanor, Illegal Entry, and the client was released from jail that day.
2012 – Eric represented a male client in Kalamazoo County Friend of the Court hearing in a change of domicile hearing. The hearing resulted in the client receiving more visitation time and the referee limiting how many miles the domicile could be moved.
2011 – Eric represented a father in Ottawa County Circuit Court in a complicated divorce and custody trial where the wife was seeking full custody of the three children. The case settled in the client's favor and he was awarded joint physical and legal custody.
2011 – Eric represented a father in St. Joseph County Circuit Court in a divorce, custody and change of domicile trial. The wife was seeking to move the children to Indiana to be with her new boyfriend and also seeking sole physical and legal custody. After trial, the court awarded joint legal and joint physical custody and denied the change of domicile.
2011 – Eric represented a building contractor in Montcalm County Circuit Court who was being sued on a newly constructed home. The home owner was asking for the home to be torn down and rebuilt. The Case Evaluation Panel in Montcalm County recommended that the client pay for the rebuild in the amount of $100,000. After rejecting the case evaluation recommendation and two days of trial, the court found that the client was only liable for $5,000 to the home owner.
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