Marquette County

Deputy Chief Public Defender

Jeff Schroder has been practicing law for more than 20 years, and his career has primarily involved criminal law and family law.

Jeff Schroder Senior Public Defender

Jeff has also practiced insurance, medical-malpractice, personal-injury, construction, and general-civil litigation.  Jeff has litigated in Michigan state and federal courts, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the Michigan Supreme Court.  Jeff’s criminal cases have involved all facets of criminal law including homicide, sex crimes, home invasion and robbery, arson, drugs, firearms, drunk driving, domestic violence and assaults, and white-collar crime.

Jeff grew up in rural southwest Michigan and in Philadelphia.  After graduating from Marshall High School in 1989, Jeff entered the United States Navy Reserve where he served as a Hospital Corpsman and practiced emergency medicine, combat medicine, nursing, and medical administration. 

Jeff has served in Naval hospitals in San Diego, Chicago, and Newport.  He also served with the United States Marine Corps and with the Naval Investigative Service. 

After obtaining his undergraduate degree in psychology, Jeff worked as a member of the inpatient psychiatric nursing staff at Fieldstone Center of Battle Creek Health System and at Oaklawn Hospital.  Jeff has also been a frequent guest lecturer concerning forensic psychology at Western Michigan University.

Since graduating law school, Jeff has been an assistant prosecuting attorney in two counties, an associate attorney in three medium-sized firms, and has spent more than 10 years managing his own law firm with his wife and law partner, Kymberly R. (Vogel) Schroder, who was raised in Marquette, Michigan, and graduated from Marquette High School in 1989.

Jeff and his wife, Kymberly, have made appearances on Headline News, In Session, Court TV, CNN, and are the defense team featured in the Dateline NBC News episode “Deadly Game.”

Member in good standing

  • State Bar of Michigan (2001)