Attorney wins statewide Lawyer of the Year award


William Jack. Courtesy Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge

A leader at a local law firm is the winner of a statewide honor.

William Jack, CEO and shareholder at Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge in Grand Rapids, was named Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2017 Lawyer of the Year.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly announced Jack as the award recipient during the publication’s annual luncheon and awards celebration recently at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.

The Business Journal previously reported on the publication’s selection of 30 Michigan attorneys, including several from West Michigan, for its Leaders in the Law class of 2017.

Members of the class of 2017 selected Jack as the 2017 Lawyer of the Year via secret ballots.

“There are 29 other people and dozens more in this room who deserve this every bit as much as I do,” said Jack upon receiving the award. “Having said that, I’m keeping it. Thank you so very much.”

In his response to a Michigan Lawyers Weekly questionnaire, Jack expressed appreciation for “a number of mentors who were willing to take the time to teach me and others how to practice with quality and just as importantly, professionalism and civility.”

Jack’s background

Jack has practiced law for 45 years and joined Smith Haughey in 1975.

He practices health law, medical malpractice defense, general litigation and the defense of professional liability actions.

He holds a J.D. from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Denison University. He was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1973.

Smith Haughey

Founded in 1941, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge has more than 85 attorneys and counselors working in offices in Grand Rapids, Holland, Ann Arbor and Traverse City.

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