Samantha Pepprock was born in Milwaukee and grew up in southeastern Wisconsin with her three siblings, raised by a proud Army veteran and a loving stay-at-home mom. Her father ran a successful masonry business for over forty years and her mother recently went back to school to achieve a lifelong dream of becoming a medical assistant. She is very proud of her parents and maintains a close relationship with them despite the distance.
Samantha attended Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota and its sister university in Granada, Spain, with a double-major in Law & Society and Spanish, graduating in 2009. While attending WSU, she co-founded a pre-law student organization called the Legal Society and was inducted into the Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, which is by invitation only. Samantha was on the Dean’s List, an active volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and received an award for Outstanding Contributions to the Residential College. Nominated by one of professors, Samantha was also presented with the Outstanding Student Award upon graduation.
After WSU, Samantha moved to Grand Rapids to attend law school at Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School from 2009-2012, where she met her husband. She volunteered in numerous organizations and charities in Grand Rapids, utilizing her unique combination of legal knowledge and Spanish-speaking capabilities to help those in need. While attending law school she was a member of the International Law Society, Hispanic-Latino Law Society, Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, and the Cooley Volunteer Corps. As a Cooley Volunteer, Samantha worked with several organizations throughout the community: Justice For Our Neighbors, Catholic Charities, God’s Kitchen, Kent County Department of Human Services, and the Landlord-Tenant Project of the Kent County Housing Commission. In law school, Samantha was on the Dean’s List and presented with the Best Interviewing and Counseling Client Award.
In 2012, Samantha returned to her home-state to prepare for the Wisconsin bar exam and practice immigration law in Milwaukee. She became licensed and served the Milwaukee area until relocating to Michigan with her husband in late 2014 to be closer to her two stepchildren in Grand Haven. Upon moving to the lakeshore, Samantha expanded her immigration practice to include estate planning, probate, business, and real estate law.
Samantha is now a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Ottawa County Bar Association, Muskegon County Bar Association, all in addition to maintaining her law license with the State Bar of Wisconsin, and being a member of the Non-Resident Lawyers Division of Wisconsin.
Having always had a love for animals, Samantha is an active volunteer and Board Member for the Noah Project in Muskegon, a nonprofit animal shelter for cats and dogs. She is a Certified Nonprofit Board Member after completing training at the Johnson Center of Grand Valley State University.
Samantha can be found at the Muskegon office of Smith Haughey Rice and Roegge, located downtown at 900 Third Street, Suite 204, Muskegon, Michigan 49440.
Immigration blog: www.pepprock.wordpress.com
Robert E. Robbins, P.C., Grand Haven, MI (2014-2017)
Cervera Garcia Law Offices, Milwaukee, WI (2014)