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James G. Black

Attorney - Of Counsel


Office: Grand Rapids

tel. 616.458.4253

fax. 616.774.2461




Shelley Kersjes

tel. 616.458.2377


For nearly 40 years, Jim has represented businesses and individuals in the areas of business, real estate, probate, and estate planning law. He currently serves as a respected advisor and counselor on issues such as:

  • Drafting legal documents
  • Formation of client companies
  • Service agreements, leases, buy-sell agreements
  • Corporate governance compliance, such as the review of corporate documentation
  • Michigan Liquor Control Commission licensing matters
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Real estate transactions and negotiations
  • Business taxation

He holds a coveted AV peer rating by Martindale-Hubbell, Inc., the highest rating offered by this prestigious organization. In addition, he serves as General Counsel to the firm's Board of Directors.
A native of Grand Rapids, Jim is the father of two sons and a daughter.


  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell


  • Aquinas College (B.A., 1967)
  • University of Michigan (J.D., 1970)

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of Michigan, 1970

Client Successes for James G. Black

  • 6/1/2007
    Smith Haughey represented an insurance company client in the sale of its privately owned corporate stock. The deal had a value in the tens of millions. Jim Black guided the client through the process from the beginning. The fairly complicated deal involved not only the stock purchase but also numerous ancillary agreements as the client prepared its business for the sale.

Smith Haughey Publications

Type Date Title
Newsletter 10/1/2003 Legal Ease Fall 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Real Property, Probate and Trust Law; Law Practice Management)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Member, Sections on: Business Law, Probate & Estate, Real Property, Taxation)
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Business and Taxation, Corporate, Probate and Real Property. Former trustee and officer.)
  • Member, Attorney Discipline Board Hearing Panel
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation