Mr. Chipman-Bergsma’s practice provides litigation and transactional support for business clients, financial institutions, and insurers across Michigan and Indiana with a heavy focus in Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan.
Mr. Chipman-Bergsma earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Saginaw Valley State University, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2011. Mr. Chipman-Bergsma attended the University of Michigan Law School, where he received his Juris Doctor in 2014. While in law school, he spent a full-semester as an intern with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. He is admitted to practice law in all State Courts in Michigan, Indiana, and the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Kalamazoo County Bar Association.
Mr. Chipman-Bergsma has represented clients in litigation through the trial court, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court of Michigan, and in federal court. He has obtained favorable outcomes for his clients in cases involving breach of contract, commercial disputes, fraud and embezzlement, Michigan no-fault third party and first party disputes, consumer protection disputes, boating accidents, sports-related accidents, dog-bite, construction disputes, property damage claims, products liability, insurance subrogation, and eminent domain disputes. He also focuses his practice in representing credit unions to protect their members’ assets through civil actions, post-judgment collections, real-estate foreclosures, fraud investigation and recovery, representing creditors rights in bankruptcy proceedings, and regulatory compliance issues.
Mr. Chipman-Bergsma’s practice also involves matters pertaining to business formation and establishing corporate entities, commercial and residential lease negotiation and enforcement, employment litigation, employee benefits and executive compensation, real property law, consumer-protection law, real-estate litigation, creditor’s rights, commercial litigation, estate planning and commercial transactions.
Born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Mr. Chipman-Bergsma enjoys Michigan’s lakes, festivals, and sports teams. He can often be found at the YMCA, cycling or running the trails in Kalamazoo, or playing volleyball and softball with his friends and family.