Gerald F. Chefalo
Criminal Defense (Felonies, Misdemeanors and OWI)
Bankruptcy (chapter 7 & chapter 13)
Family Law (Divorce & Custody)
Strategic Business Planning
State of Michigan 1998
United States District Court:
Eastern & Western Districts of Michigan
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Juris Doctor, 1997
Recipient of the Book Award for Defending Battered Women (Highest grade in the class)
Michigan State University, 1994
Eli Broad College of Business with a B.A. in Marketing
Antrim County, Leelanau County, Grand Traverse County, Criminal, Probate, General Practice, Divorce and Family Law Section of the American Bar Associations and National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
Traverse City Business News 40 under 40 most influential professions (2007, 2008 & 2010)
Traverse City Business News 1 of top 3 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Traverse City (2007)
Record Eagle, Best Law Firm in the Hot 100 edition (2009)
Grand Traverse Insider, People’s Choice Award for the best law firm in Traverse City (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012)
Upon Graduation from Law School in 1997, Attorney Chefalo worked in Lansing Michigan for the 30 th Judicial Circuit Court as a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas L. Brown. While there, he researched complicated legal issues and drafted proposed opinions on all civil and criminal matter that came before the court.
In 1999, Attorney Chefalo moved to Traverse City Michigan to work in private practice. When asked why he picked Traverse City, Attorney Chefalo stated: “if you are going to start a law office from scratch, you might as well do it in a beautiful place.” His goal was to open an office that could provide the highest quality legal services at prices that his clients could afford. Since that time he has become known as The Proven Fighter for his relentless defense of his client’s rights.
He continues to handle criminal misdemeanors and felonies throughout Northern Michigan. He also has developed an expertise in Bankruptcy, Divorce, Custody, Civil Litigation and Estate Planning. Attorney Chefalo says that “I like to take cases that interest me and provided the most help to my clients.”
As a young lawyer, Attorney Chefalo was tested by fire when he completed his first open murder trial in Antrim County, Michigan in April of 2002.
He has also successfully defended numerous complicated criminal, civil and domestic cases in Antrim, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Charlevoix, Emmet, Benzie, and Manistee Counties. In an effort to become a more effective attorney, he completed the 40 hours of training to become a court approved domestic mediator. He is always eager to talk about changes in the law and his most recent battles in court.
Traverse City Attorney Gerald F. Chefalo enjoys living in Northern Michigan. Especially the summer months where he spends his free time boating, fishing, hiking and playing golf with his family.