Patrick J. Crowley

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.  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 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


In addition to his legal work, Mr. Crowley has served on the corporate board of a Mid-Michigan Credit Union, served on the Standing Committee on Character and Fitness, the Committee for Lawyer Referral Service, and the Standing Committee on Publications and Website Advisory for the State Bar of Michigan. Before moving back to Marquette he volunteered as a scout leader and youth football coach.

& Affiliations

Alumni of Northern Michigan University and the University of Dayton School of Law.  Member of the Phi Delta Phi honors legal fraternity, Golden Key National Honor’s Society, Boy Scouts of America – Eagle Scout 1989, and a local area Men’s Ice Hockey League player.


Most recent presentations include classes to the 2015 Solo and Small Practice Institute and the State Bar of Michigan on cutting costs in the practice of law. At the 2013 American Bar Association Techshow, Mr. Crowley presented on Tablet usage in the law and on technology for “The Frugal Lawyer.”

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.