Commercial Litigation

The Commercial Litigation Practice Group has represented retailers, hospitals, manufacturers, financial institutions, real estate developers, and other businesses for more than 65 years. Successful litigation, proactive counseling, and responsive client service have always been our hallmarks.

As counselors, we are trusted to thoroughly analyze the risks, costs, and benefits of a potential lawsuit. We are experienced at balancing the potential impact of a lawsuit or alternative dispute resolution with long-term business goals. As business-focused practitioners, we also provide proactive counsel to prevent or limit clients’ exposure to liability.

The ideal solution for a specific client may not be litigation, but prevention and settlement prior to a lawsuit. Thus, we provide clients with methods of avoiding litigation, and advice on using non-litigation alternatives to resolve business disputes. If negotiation fails to achieve our clients’ desired results, our premier litigation attorneys are ready to respond rapidly and efficiently.

Notably, our firm was recommended by Benchmark Litigation 2010 for having one of the leading litigation practices in Michigan. Our firm is also ranked "#1 in Traverse City in Commercial Litigation" by The Best Lawyers in America and six of our commercial litigation attorneys have been selected to be included in the Michigan Super Lawyers listing.

Because Smith Haughey is a full-service law firm, we regularly draw upon lawyers in our Real Estate, Tax, Appellate and other practice groups to provide specific assistance when required.

Above all, we take a personal interest in our clients. We listen and actively respond to their concerns and we strive to consistently exceed their expectations.


Name Title Office Phone VCard Email
Thomas W. Aycock Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.8391
Charles F. Behler Of Counsel Grand Rapids 616.458.6245
Sheila E. Eddy Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.4256
Kevin B. Even Attorney Muskegon 231-724-4336
Patrick F. Geary Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.5358
Mark A. Gilchrist Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.1477
Kristen E. Guinn Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.9481
Charissa C. Huang Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.3443
Angela Kaku Attorney Muskegon 231.724.3214
E. Thomas McCarthy, Jr. Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.9224
Daniel M. Morley Attorney Grand Rapids
Craig S. Neckers Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.4251
Charles J. Pike Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.5456
Michael J. Roberts Of Counsel Grand Rapids 616.458.1212
Rachael M. Roseman Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.0384
Jason R. Sebolt Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.3628
Christopher M. Spain Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.5454
D. Adam Tountas Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.0437
Katherine E. Wendt Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.3646
Michael D. Wiese Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.9466
Matthew L. Wikander Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.8605

Client Successes for Commercial Litigation

  • 11/1/2011
    In November 2011, after a two-and-a half-week jury trial, Marilyn Tyree and Beth Kromer obtained a "No Cause of Action" verdict in Ottawa County Circuit Court. The plaintiff, a 34-year-old professional roofer, fell as he attempted to take a perilous route to access the roof via the defendant’s scaffolding, without permission, and, as a result, fell and sustained very serious injuries, including multiple spinal fractures and a wrist fracture. The plaintiff claimed $6-8 million in damages, including damages related to an alleged closed-head injury and severe psychological harm. The plaintiff claimed to be completely and permanently disabled. Unusual testimony included (i) a co-worker’s testimony that the plaintiff smoked marijuana on the way to the job; (ii) testimony from police officers regarding the plaintiff’s theft of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in 2010 and his subsequent felony conviction; and (iii) testimony by the defendant’s multiple private investigators who had performed surveillance on the plaintiff. The jury found that he was a trespasser on the scaffolding to whom the defendant premises owner/general contractor owed no duty.


Smith Haughey Ranked a Top Tier Law Firm in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

Adam Tountas Named Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation

Smith Haughey Attorney Kristen E. Guinn Named to Benchmark Litigation's 2016 Under 40 Hot List

Smith Haughey Ranked a Top Tier Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Attorneys Listed Among "Best Lawyers in America" for 2016

Smith Haughey Welcomes Attorneys Rachael Roseman and Scott Brookens

Smith Haughey Ranked as Top Tier Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

Ten Smith Haughey Attorneys Selected as "Local Litigation Stars" by Benchmark Litigation

Twenty-three Smith Haughey Attorneys Listed Among 2014 Michigan Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers "Rising Stars”

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Attorneys Listed Among "Best Lawyers in America" for 2015

Gilchrist Elected President of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel

Attorney Michael Wiese to Join Smith Haughey

Attorneys Charles Pike and Anders Gillis Join Smith Haughey

Smith Haughey Listed as a 2014 Top-Tier Law Firm by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

Even & Franks, PLLC To Join Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, PC

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Attorneys Listed Among “Best Lawyers in America” For 2014

Second Smith Haughey Attorney Named to the "Top 40 Lawyers Under 40" List by the American Society of Legal Advocates

Grand Rapids Attorney Named to the “Top 40 Under 40 Litigators” List by the American Society of Legal Advocates

Smith Haughey listed as a 2013 top tier law firm in "Best Law Firms"

Wikander Selected as a "Local Litigation Star", Smith Haughey is "Recommended"

Smith Haughey Lawyers Named 2012 "Super Lawyers"

Sebolt Elected President of MSHRM

Tischler Joins Smith Haughey's Ann Arbor Office

Smith Haughey Lawyers Named “Super Lawyers”

Smith Haughey Recommended As A Top Litigation Firm In Michigan

Smith Haughey Listed As A Top Tier Law Firm By U.S. News And Best Lawyers

Huang and Shelton Join Smith Haughey's Grand Rapids Office

Adam Tountas Joins Smith Haughey's Grand Rapids Office

Karen Hockstad Joins Smith Haughey's Ann Arbor Office

Smith Haughey and its Attorneys Voted "Best" By Their Peers

Smith Haughey Experiences Growth Across the State; Hires Five New Attorneys in Traverse City and Grand Rapids

Attorney Robert Suarez Joins Smith Haughey's Grand Rapids Office

Smith Haughey Listed as a Top Tier Law Firm by U.S. News and Best Lawyers

Smith Haughey Selected for Inclusion in Prestigious and Well-respected Publication that Ranks the World's Top Law Firms

Blodgett Selected as Recipient of the MDTC's Young Lawyer Section Golden Gavel Award

Smith Haughey Announces New CEO, Shareholders, and Board of Directors

Attorney Kloet Joins Smith Haughey

Smith Haughey Recommended As a Top Litigation Firm in Michigan

Jack Receives the Michigan Association for Justice's Respected Advocate Award

A National Legal Journal Publishes Article Written By Smith Haughey Attorneys

Smith Haughey Expands & Strengthens Client Offerings in 10 Practice Areas

Neckers Appointed to the Faculty of the Litigation Management College

Ray and Pearson Join Smith Haughey as New Associates

Judson Elected Chair-Elect of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan

SHRR Attorneys Earn Appointments to FDCC

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Names New Shareholders

Behler Appointed to American Arbitration Association's National Roster

Lawyers Voted "Best" By Their Peers

Wright Joins Smith Haughey

Benjamin Hammond Elected Chair of Young Lawyers Section

L. R. “Bud” Roegge Receives Legal Professional of the Year Award

Morley Brings Banking and Finance Expertise to Smith Haughey

Family Law Group Grows

Smith Haughey Publications for Commercial Litigation

Type Date Title
Newsletter 8/8/2013 Litigation Newsletter August 2013
Legal Alert 7/11/2013 Michigan Supreme Court’s Recent Ruling Applies To All Michigan Limited Liability Companies
Legal Alert 9/28/2012 Litigation Legal Alert
Newsletter 11/16/2011 Legal Ease Fall 2011
Newsletter 5/14/2010 Legal Ease Spring 2010
Legal Alert 5/22/2008 Michigan Liability Law Update (May '08)
Legal Alert 1/16/2008 Construction Law Update (Jan. '08)


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