Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge’s longtime attorney and shareholder Bill W. Jack Jr. was inducted as a fellow in the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, an organization that is made up of 150 mediators across the country.
He was one of four fellows from Michigan, one of two actively mediating cases in the state and the only West Michigan attorney to be admitted into the organization this year.
The selection process is through invitation only and is based on experience, skill, reputation, ethical standards and commitment to alternative dispute resolution.
Jack joined the firm in 1975 and, since then, has served as the CEO twice. For the last 10 years, he has focused on mediation/alternative dispute resolution practice. As a certified facilitative mediator, he served as a mediator and case evaluator for more than 300 cases in the state and federal courts throughout Michigan.
He has represented cases related to trademark and intellectual property matters, personal injury and multi-party commercial litigation.
During his over four decades at Smith Haughey, Jack also has practiced health law, medical malpractice defense, general litigation and the defense of professional liability actions.
He is a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Throughout his legal career, Jack served as the president of Western Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Grand Rapids Association, the American Inns of Court’s West Michigan Chapter, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel and more.
Jack earned his Juris Doctor from George Washington University and his Bachelor of Arts from Denison University.