Carol Chase | Partner | Chase Bylenga Hulst

Carol Chase | Partner

Attorney Carol Chase has over 33 years of bankruptcy experience. She spent more than 18 years as the staff attorney for the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee’s office in West Michigan. As a Chapter 13 Trustee attorney, Carol was responsible for overseeing the administration of thousands of Chapter 13 bankruptcy reorganizations and was instrumental in shaping the Chapter 13 bankruptcy practice of West Michigan. She has mentored many of the consumer bankruptcy attorneys in West Michigan and is a frequent speaker at bankruptcy seminars. Carol was born in Grand Rapids and has raised her family here. She and her husband Mike are actively involved in the community.

In January of 2016, Carol was presented with the first ever “Distinguished Colleague Award” in which she was nominated by fellow attorneys in the Debtors’ Bar of West Michigan. The inaugural award states that her colleagues acknowledge her extraordinary leadership, mentorship, and influence over the local bankruptcy practice in the Western District of Michigan.

In July of 2016, the Bankruptcy Section of the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Michigan, which is comprised of debtor attorneys, creditor attorneys and Bankruptcy Trustees, awarded Carol with the Nims-Howard Civility Award “in recognition of conduct, skill and advocacy that exemplifies the tradition of civility of the bench & bar of this District.”


Thomas Cooley Law School, Juris Doctor (1980)
Hope College, Bachelor of Arts (1975)


Michigan (1980)
U.S. District Court for Western District of Michigan


State Bar of Michigan
Debtors Bar of West Michigan (Board of Directors)
Grand Rapids Bar Association
Federal Bar Association of Western Michigan
Women Lawyers Association of West Michigan

Speaking Engagements

Client Intakes
Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy Boot Camp (2014)

Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13
Debtors Bar of West Michigan Fourth Annual Winter Seminar (2014)

Case Law and Procedure Update
Debtors Bar of West Michigan Third Annual Winter Seminar (2013)

Chapter Thirteen Panel Discussion
Debtors Bar of West Michigan Winter Seminar (2011)

Bankruptcy Best Practices Seminar
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustee (1995 – 2006)