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Jeffrey C. Kemperman

Attorney - Associate


Office: Grand Rapids

tel. 616.458.1499

fax. 616.774.2461




Terri Burch

tel. 616.458.9355


Jeff Kemperman is an associate for Smith Haughey’s Grand Rapids office, practicing in the areas of general litigation, commercial litigation, professional liability and legal malpractice liability matters. He defends and represents small business owners, corporations, health care providers, law firms, attorneys and other professionals.

Jeff has extensive trial experience having served six years as a Senior Deputy District Attorney in Denver, Colorado. He has organized and initiated 75+ misdemeanor and felony jury trials. His trial experience includes murder, assault, domestic and gang violence, crimes against children, arson, weapons offenses and more. He is adept at pretrial negotiations and plea agreements, researching and drafting motions, handling pretrial conferences and courtroom presentation, and preparing witnesses. Jeff expertly utilizes technology in the courtroom and has trained other attorneys to do so.  

In his spare time, Jeff is an active member of the Grand Rapids theatre community, having performed at Circle Theatre and the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Jeff has also performed as both a collegiate and professional mascot for the past seventeen years for Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, the Grand Rapids Griffins, Grand Rapids Rampage, West Michigan Whitecaps, Lansing Lugnuts and the New Jersey Devils. He currently trains the next generation of collegiate mascot performers.


  • Grand Valley State University (B.S., 2000)
  • Michigan State University (M.A., 2002), Dean’s List
  • Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., 2005), Dual concentrations in Criminal Law and Trial Practice, Inaugural Recipient of Walter E. Oberer Scholarship

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of Colorado, 2006
  • State Bar of Michigan, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2013

Previous Professional Experience

  • Externship – Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office, 2004-2005
  • Senior Deputy District Attorney – Denver District Attorneys Office; City and County of Denver, 2006-2012


Smith Haughey Publications

Type Date Title
Newsletter 3/29/2013 Medical Malpractice Newsletter

News for Jeffrey C. Kemperman

Three New Attorneys Join Smith Haughey's Grand Rapids Office

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Michigan Bar Association

Community Affiliations

  • Michigan State University Student Alumni Foundation (2003-present)
  • Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
  • Circle Theatre

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