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Law firm elects leadership

March 9, 2016
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William Jack
William Jack. Courtesy Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge

A local law firm has a new CEO and board of directors.


Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge has announced the election of William Jack Jr. as CEO. Jack is a shareholder at Smith Haughey’s Grand Rapid’s office.

He was elected to the position by the firm’s equity shareholders.

Attorney Robert Parker previously served as the firm’s CEO.

This is Jack’s third time being elected CEO of the firm. He served two previous three-year terms during the early 1990s.

He also held the position of firm president from the mid 1990s to the late 2000s.

Jack has been with the firm since 1975, practicing health law, medical malpractice defense, general litigation and the defense of professional liability actions.

In the past 10 years, Smith Haughey said Jack has transitioned his practice and built a mediation/alternative dispute-resolution practice on his “solid reputation” as a seasoned trial attorney and devotion to the legal community.

Jack is also active in the community, having held a number of elected positions and memberships in legal and community organizations.

“It is an honor to be elected CEO of the firm, but even more importantly, to have been a part of the firm for almost my entire legal career,” Jack said.

“What is particularly exciting is to be around so many young and talented lawyers in all of our offices who are carrying on the traditions and legacy of my generation.”

Board members

Smith Haughey also announced its 2016 board of directors: attorneys Peter Boyles, Cheryl Chandler, Patrick Geary, William Jack Jr., John “Jack” Oostema, Mary Pigorsh and Matthew Wikander.

Members of the firm’s board of directors are elected by the equity shareholders and serve staggered three-year terms.

A board member may serve two consecutive terms and then has to leave the board for at least a year before running again.

In addition to its Grand Rapids office, Smith Haughey operates offices in Ann Arbor, Muskegon and Traverse City. The firm employs more than 80 attorneys. 

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