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Law firm hires attorneys

March 5, 2018
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Patricia Hertel
Patricia Hertel. Courtesy Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge

A local law firm has hired a group of new attorneys.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge said last week it hired four attorneys to join its offices in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland.

Michael Doversberger and Patricia Hertel joined the Holland office, while Vanessa McCamant and Samantha Pepprock are practicing at the Grand Rapids and Muskegon offices.

The attorneys were hired in January and February to broaden and grow various practice areas, such as business, real estate, estate planning and medical malpractice.

Michael Doversberger

Doversberger is serves in a senior counsel role at the Holland office.

He practices business law, real estate law, intellectual property law, franchise law and employment law.

Previously, Doversberger practiced law in both Mishawaka, Indiana and Dowagiac. He has litigated commercial disputes, contracts and employment claims. He has represented individuals and publicly traded corporations, drafted and negotiated agreements and lent his expertise to employers on human resource needs and strategies.

Doversberger graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where he received a B.B.A in management, with a minor in international peace studies. He later went on to Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law to earn his J.D.

Patricia Hertel

Hertel is no stranger to Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, where she now practices business transaction law, mergers and acquisitions law, securities law and real estate law at the Holland office.

Previously, Hertel began her professional career at a lending company in an in-house counsel role near Seattle.

Hertel received her B.A. in English from Calvin College and went on to graduate from the Michigan State University College of Law. While she was there, she worked as a summer associate at Smith Haughey, where she drafted motions and trial court briefs.

She has also worked for the Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office, where she researched evidentiary issues, criminal sexual conduct and a felony murder case. She also practiced pre-trial plea bargains with defendants and defense counsel.

Vanessa McCamant

McCamant practices medical malpractice defense at the Grand Rapids office.

She has been specializing in malpractice defense, health care professional licensing defense and health law for 14 years. She has represented health care professionals and health care facilities.

She is a board member of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel and is affiliated with the Defense Research Institute of America.

McCamant went to DePaul University College of Law where she earned her J.D. She also received a B.A. in English, with a minor in journalism, from Augustana College.

Samantha Pepprock

Pepprock is an associate at the Muskegon office.

She practices estate planning, business, real estate and immigration law.

She is also licensed to practice law in the state of Wisconsin, where she’s from.

Pepprock is the treasurer of Noah Project, a nonprofit animal shelter in Muskegon, and she’s fluent in Spanish.

She attended Winona State University in Minnesota, where is double majored in pre-law studies and Spanish. She then moved to Grand Rapids to go to the West Michigan University Cooley Law School, where she graduated in 2012.

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