Marquette County

Chief Public Defender

Patrick J. Crowley has spent over 20 years representing clients in criminal cases ranging from trespass and shoplifting all the way up through armed robbery and multiple murders.

Patrick Crowley Chief Public Defender

As the Marquette County Chief Public Defender he is responsible for felony-level criminal trial litigation, including the Public Defender office’s highest-profile criminal cases.

Before moving back to Marquette as an NMU Alumni to create the Office of the Marquette County Public Defender office, Mr. Crowley helped to form Crowley, Cornish, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC. In Lansing Michigan where he represented clients as both retained and court appointed counsel. Mr. Crowley also briefly served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney handling both family and district courts in Muskegon, Michigan and later as trial counsel in Kent, Ionia, and Montcalm counties handling criminal defense, family law, and other general litigation.

Member in good standing

  • State Bar of Michigan (2003)
  • Michigan Appellate Courts (2003)
  • Marquette Bar Association
  • Federal Eastern (2005) & Western (2004) Districts of Michigan
  • United States Supreme Court Bar (April 2015)

This office will NEVER “tell” you to take a plea. We will explain to you any plea offers and let you choose whether this is the right choice for you. We are not afraid to go to trial. Ever.