Law firm selects new shareholder

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Thomas Vitale. Courtesy Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge

A Grand Rapids-based law firm named a new shareholder.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge on Wednesday, Jan. 5, said Thomas J. Vitale became a shareholder of the firm.

Vitale joined Smith Haughey as an attorney in 2019. He specializes in agriculture and agribusiness, banking and finance, business, construction, commercial litigation and real estate law.

He has experience working with owners and developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers of commercial and industrial sites on matters such as drafting, negotiating and reviewing contract documents, commercial and industrial leasing, and real estate acquisition and disposition.

He also serves as an external general counsel to some companies to manage risks and outside legal matters, including evaluating alternative dispute resolution options and representing companies in litigation.

Vitale received his Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

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