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220 W. Main Street Ionia, MI 48846
108 Kent Street Portland, MI 48875



Ionia: 616-527-0020

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Ionia: 616-527-2665
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“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!”
-Tyler Throop

“We are very happy with Tom Chadwick and the work he has done for us.  We refer all of our friend to him ”
-Dave Scheurer

“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.”
-David Patrick

“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.”
-Cindy Koerner

“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.”
-Tammy Youngs

“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.”
Judy Schmitz

“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.”
Charlene Graft

“ During a difficult time for our family Patrick Duff was there every step of the way. I would and have recommended Attorney Duff!”

“Thank you for your efforts (Patrick Duff). Quite pleased with everything.”
Michael Maxwell

“I am grateful to have my will done for free. I had been putting it off until my son told me about your free will senior service. Thank you again.”
Lorane Bush

“The service that I received was great. Eric Matwiejczyk explained everything to me in a way that I understood, listened to me when I had concerns and questions, he made me feel very comfortable in the situation that I was in. He handled my case very well, I liked Eric being my attorney.”
Michelle Ludwick

“They took care of all the legal paperwork for me to take over my father’s estate, Including the Power of Attorney affairs.”

“Eric was very helpful in explaining to me in laymen terms. The cover letter to my will was very helpful. He was also friendly making me feel at ease. I never felt hurried.”

“Mr. Duff assisted us with updating our wills. We were completely satisfied with his services.”
Fred VanAmburg

“We had been putting of our wills, we didn’t really understand the process. It couldn’t have been easier, Mr. Chadwick took the time to explain every step and choice. The package included wills, Power of Attorney and Health Care Power of Attorney, it’s a great relief to have it all done. Amazing, Wonderful and Fantastic.”
Mark and Jane Horrocks

“As for the court outcome I was pleased, the PPO remained intact. Eric Matwiejczyk noticed many things wrong with the motion for termination. In response the case was dropped after hiring Eric. I would come back to Eric again, he took me seriously and was professional.”

Patrick M. Duff

Admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1983


  • University of Michigan, BA 1974
  • Western Michigan University, MPA 1978
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, JD 1982
  • Michigan State University graduate credits in Labor
  • Industrial Relations 1983-1986


  • 40 Hour Civil Mediation Certificate Program through ICLE
  • 40 Hour Divorce and Custody (Domestic Relations) Mediation Training
  • Special Education Mediation
  • Agricultural Mediation
  • Small Claims Mediation
  • Restorative Justice Advocate
  • Portland City Council - 14 years (8 years as Mayor Pro Tem)
  • City of Ionia Prosecutor
  • Member of the Portland and Ionia Chamber of Commerce
  • Former high school, college, adult and community educator
  • Member of the Portland Public School Board
  • Portland Middle School Cross County Co-coach
  • Portland High School Boys Cross Country Coach
  • Dispute Resolution Center of Central Michigan Board Member

Practice Areas

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


  • Running - over 100 marathons, ultra marathons, 2 one hundred mile runs
  • Music - fiddle player
  • Art - cartooning, drawing, watercolor
  • Biking

Community Involvement

  • Portland Community Garden Host
  • United Way Contributor
  • Relay for Life Contributor
  • Gilda's Club Contributor
  • Portland Arts Council
  • Toys for Tots


Married to wife Lois and has 2 children, Eamon and Erin

Thomas W. Chadwick

Admitted to Michigan Bar 2001


  • Graduate of Saranac High School 1990
  • Calvin College BA in Political Science 1994
  • Cooley Law School Juris Doctorate 2001


  • Legislative Aide - Senator Joanne Emmons 1995-2002
  • Associate attorney for Law Firm of McNamara, O'Keeffe and Sykes 2003-2004
  • Owner/Partner of Law Offices of Duff, Chadwick and Associates, P.C
  • Served Ionia City Council 1998-2002
  • Attorney for City of Ionia 2005 - present


  • Attends First Baptist Church - Portland
  • Deacon 2008-present
  • AWANA Leader 1994 - 2005
  • Youth Group Leader 1999 - present
  • Teen Sunday School Instructor 1995 - 1999
  • Ionia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2009 - present

Practice Areas

Family Law, Divorce, Custody, Wills and Estate Planning, Municipal Law, Corporate/Business Law, Landlord/Tenant


  • Spending time with family
  • Civilization IV junkie


Married to Cheryl for over ten years with five children, Hannah, Abraham, Benjamin, Silas and Miriam

Cheryl L. Chadwick

Admitted to Michigan Bar 1996


  • BS in Multidisciplinary Social Sciences and Latin American Studies 1992
  • University of Toledo Law, Juris Doctorate 1996


  • Served Ionia County Board of Commissioners 2001 - 2006
  • Ionia County Assistant Prosecutor 1997- 1999

Volunteer Work

  • Served Ionia City Planning Commission 2002 - 2005
  • Destination Imagination Coach 2004-2005
  • AYSO Soccer Mom 2004
  • Attends First Baptist Church - Portland
  • AWANA Leader 1998 - present
  • Word of Life Youth Group Leader 1999 - 2006
  • Youth Group Leader 2006 - present
  • Word of Life Teens Involved Staff Volunteer 1999 - present
  • Sunday School Teacher

Practice Areas

Personal Bankruptcy, Trusts/Wills/Estate Planning


  • Spending time with family
  • TaeKwonDo (Blackbelt 1999)
  • Soccer
  • Crochet, Cross-stitch, Ceramics, Crafts


Married to Tom for more than ten years, with five children, Hannah, Abraham, Benjamin, Silas and Miriam

Eric Matwiejczyk

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.


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, JD, with distinction
  • Ferris State University, B.S., Criminal Justice

Bar and Court Admissions:

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Professional/Community Affiliations:

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

Representative Matters:

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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