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Craig W. Elhart

Traverse City, Michigan, Trial Attorney

Craig is a true Traverse City native. Growing up on a cherry farm, he learned the importance of hard work at a very young age. After graduating from high school, he headed off to college. Craig then graduated with honors from Michigan State University and went on to Detroit College of Law to pursue his Juris Doctorate. Upon obtaining his degree, he returned to the Traverse City area to practice law.

Known around the area as one of the toughest defense attorneys available for hire, potential clients seek his counsel knowing they will be receiving the very best legal services.

When Craig is not putting in long hours at the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, boating, and taking on a variety of projects.

Judy L. Schroeder

Legal Assistant

Judy Schroeder has lived in the Traverse City area her entire life. After graduating from high school, she married and had two wonderful children. Judy has worked for Craig Elhart for over 45 years and is his "Right Hand Woman."

Judy has profound knowledge of multiple court systems and the various requirements of each county. When she is not typing at warp speed, she is most likely assisting our clients, or dealing with other attorneys or court personnel.

In her spare time, Judy can be found playing cards or fishing with her husband and her two grown children.


Chloe Ellis


Chloe was born and raised in Maple City. She graduated from Glen Lake Community Schools where she participated in the Early College Program studying Accounting at Northwestern Michigan College. After high school, Chloe continued her education at Grand Rapids Community College.

In her free time, Chloe enjoys spending time with her family and being on the water. You'll also often find her running, horseback riding or spending time with friends.

Shawn Vogelheim


Shawn graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1993. She went on to study with the University of Phoenix, earning an Associate's of Science degree. She has worked as a Legal Assistant and Paralegal for 13 years, working in criminal and family law, driver's license restoration and probate court.

In her spare time, you will find Shawn spending time with her three children and her two Lab babies. She also enjoys spending time on the water in the summer.


Bevin Gatchell


After growing up in Leelanau County, Bevin received her ABA Certification and specialized in Small Business Banking and Merchant Services while living in Texas and North Carolina before moving back to her home state. As the first point of contact with our firm, her best quality is treating our clients with respect and efficiency. She can often be found scheduling, handling case files and ensuring the office runs smoothly. 

In her free time, Bevin enjoys camping and hunting, photography, crafting and spending time with family.

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