Legal Malpractice Liability Defense

Smith Haughey and its legal malpractice attorneys have represented many law firms, lawyers, and legal malpractice insurers throughout Michigan and several other jurisdictions.

Notably, our firm is ranked "#1 in Michigan in Legal Malpractice Law" by The Best Lawyers in America. Seven of our legal malpractice attorneys have been selected to be included in the Michigan Super Lawyers listing. Our department chair, Jack Oostema, was selected by the Professional Liability Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association to serve as the author of the Michigan chapter for the publication entitled, "50-State Survey of Legal Malpractice Law," a comprehensive guide to legal malpractice law throughout the country.

Smith Haughey has defended large law firms in Michigan and federal courts, in cases involving practice in dozens of substantive practice areas including patent law, employment law, construction law, tax law and securities law. We have represented mid-size and smaller firms in matters involving family law, personal injury, the Uniform Commercial Code contract law and immigration law. We are on, or qualified to be on, every major insurance company's approved list of attorneys. We also act as national coverage counsel for a national legal malpractice insurer.

The complexity of legal malpractice involves not only typical litigation issues, but also the "case within the case" doctrine which requires an understanding of a broad range of legal disciplines and issues.

Representing attorneys and law firms also requires an understanding of the emotional toll a malpractice claim takes on a client. Understanding that toll and the feelings and responses can be as important as understanding the underlying case itself.

Everyone on our legal malpractice team is experienced in partnering with our clients, not only in the defense of claims, but also in identifying strategies to repair the claim prior to suit. We seek out the best and most able expert witnesses and evaluate preliminary motions that may result in an early termination of the lawsuit or a narrowing of the issues. We have the ability to offer risk management suggestions for firms based on our long and deep experience with claims made against legal and many other professionals.

Our legal malpractice lawyers are also well-versed in the Canons of Professional Ethics. Our attorneys have extensive experience as members of the State Bar of Michigan Character and Fitness Committee, the Grievance Commission and the Board of Law Examiners. We have represented clients before the Grievance Commission and on occasion the State Bar itself.

Smith Haughey is acutely aware of the confidentiality that is required of lawyers representing law firms. We treat information about lawyers' billing, hiring, quality control and administrative practices with the utmost confidentiality.

Our attorneys are committed to providing a well-reasoned and vigorous defense, while keeping in mind the client's personal needs, requirements and relationships.

 

 
Name Title Office Phone VCard Email
Charles F. Behler Of Counsel Grand Rapids 616.458.6245
Thomas F. Blackwell Of Counsel Grand Rapids 616.458.8426
Mark A. Gilchrist Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.1477
Michele M. Giordano Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.8308
Kristen E. Guinn Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.9481
Stephanie C. Hoffer Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.6458
Charissa C. Huang Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.3443
William W. Jack, Jr. Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.6243
Jeffrey C. Kemperman Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.1499
E. Thomas McCarthy, Jr. Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.9224
Craig S. Neckers Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.4251
John R. Oostema Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.0495
Charles J. Pike Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.5456
L. R. “Bud” Roegge Of Counsel Grand Rapids 616.458.7425
Edward R. Stein Of Counsel Ann Arbor 734.913.5387

News

11/22/2013
Attorneys Charles Pike and Anders Gillis Join Smith Haughey

11/1/2013
Smith Haughey Listed as a 2014 Top-Tier Law Firm by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

8/15/2013
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Attorneys Listed Among “Best Lawyers in America” For 2014

11/5/2012
Four Smith Haughey attorneys named "Lawyer of the Year"

11/2/2012
Smith Haughey listed as a 2013 top tier law firm in "Best Law Firms"

7/25/2012
Roegge Receives Champion of Justice Award from the State Bar of Michigan

6/20/2012
Oostema Named by Chambers and Partners as a Leading Litigation Attorney in Michigan

11/30/2011
Smith Haughey Listed As A Top Tier Law Firm By U.S. News And Best Lawyers

9/14/2011
Smith Haughey and its Attorneys Voted "Best" By Their Peers

11/12/2010
Smith Haughey Experiences Growth Across the State; Hires Five New Attorneys in Traverse City and Grand Rapids

9/16/2010
Smith Haughey Listed as a Top Tier Law Firm by U.S. News and Best Lawyers

8/30/2010
Smith Haughey and its Attorneys Voted "Best" By Their Peers

3/17/2010
Oostema Selected as a "Leader in the Law"

8/11/2009
Smith Haughey and its Attorneys Voted "Best" by Their Peers

5/1/2009
A National Legal Journal Publishes Article Written By Smith Haughey Attorneys

2/23/2009
American Bar Association Taps Local Attorney to "Write the Book" on Legal Malpractice Law in Michigan

2/17/2009
Neckers Appointed to the Faculty of the Litigation Management College

12/5/2008
Ray and Pearson Join Smith Haughey as New Associates

8/27/2008
SHRR Attorneys Earn Appointments to FDCC

9/11/2007
Lawyers Voted "Best" By Their Peers

11/27/2002
Tom Mccarthy and Jack Oostema Obtain Successful Result

Smith Haughey Publications for Legal Malpractice Liability Defense

Type Date Title
Legal Alert 3/15/2010 Legal Malpractice Update (March 2010)
Fast Facts Top-listed in Best Lawyers