Hon. Christopher Yates

Kent County 17th Circuit Court

Judge Yates took the bench on April 22, 2008. Before taking the bench, Judge Yates served as a law clerk to a federal trial judge and a federal court of appeals judge, then as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, then in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as the Chief Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Michigan. Most recently, he worked in private practice as a partner in two Grand Rapids law firms, Willey, Chamberlain & Yates and then Yates, LaGrand & Denenfeld. Judge Yates is assigned to the Court’s Specialized Business Docket. Judge Yates received his BA from Kalamazoo College and his JD and MBA from the University of Illinois.