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William W. Jack, Jr.

Grand Rapids

DeeDee Vredeveld



Bill joined Smith Haughey in 1975, and has twice served as the firm’s CEO. For a number of years he practiced in the areas of health law, medical malpractice defense, general litigation, and the defense of professional liability actions. 

In the past 15 years, Bill has transitioned his practice and built a highly successful mediation/alternative dispute resolution practice on his solid reputation as a seasoned trial attorney and devotion to the legal community. A certified facilitative mediator by the U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, he has served as mediator and case evaluator for hundreds of cases in the state and federal courts throughout Michigan. Representative cases include catastrophic personal injury, complex multi-party commercial litigation, and complex trademark and intellectual property matters.

Recently (in 2020) Bill was inducted as a fellow in the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. The College is made up of approximately 150 mediators from around the country. Selection to this prestigious and exclusive group is by invitation only and is based on experience, skill, reputation, ethical standards, and commitment to alternative dispute resolution.  Bill is one of only four fellows from Michigan, one of only two actively mediating cases in the state, and the only one in West Michigan. It is a singular and well deserved honor.

Bill has trained lawyers in advocacy skills for individual law firms in several states and has also trained litigation counsel for a number of national insurance carriers. In addition, he is very active in both his profession and community, having held a number of elected positions and memberships in legal and community organizations.

Previous Experience


  • Faculty, Steering Committee, Hillman Advocacy Program
  • President: Western Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
  • Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1985—present
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow: American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow: Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Tort and Insurance Practice; Litigation)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Member, Sections on: Negligence Law; Law Practice Management; Alternative Dispute Resolution)
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association (President, 1998-1999)
  • American Inns of Court (Past President, Western Michigan Chapter)
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (President, 1987-1988; Member, Board of Directors, 1986--)
  • Team Leader, University of Michigan Law School Trial Advocacy Course, 1986-1996
  • Former adjunct faculty, MSU College of Law and Cooley Law School
  • Former Board Member, Kids Food Basket
  • Planned Parenthood Centers of West Michigan, Board of Directors, 1995-2000


  • Denison University (B.A., 1969)  
  • University of Denver  
  • The George Washington University (J.D., with honors, 1973)  


  • State Bar of Michigan, 1973


  • Listed in GR Magazine Top Lawyer - Appellate Law; Mediation (2021)

  • Fellow in the American College of Civil Trial Mediators (Inducted in 2020)

  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

  • 2017 Michigan Lawyers Weekly Michigan Lawyer of the Year

  • Listed in Best Lawyers (2017-2021) -- Arbitration

  • Listed in Best Lawyers (2001-2021) Alternative Dispute Resolution, Legal Malpractice Law -- Defendants, Medical Malpractice Law -- Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

  • Listed as Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" (2013) -- Personal Injury Litigation, Defendants

  • Listed as Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" (2019, 2021) -- Arbitration

  • Listed in Leading Lawyers (2014) -- Medical Malpractice Defense Law, Personal Injury Defense Law: General, ADR Law: Personal Injury

  • Listed as a "Michigan Super Lawyer" (2006-2020) -- Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Recipient, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Excellence in Defense Award, 2002

  • Recipient, Respected Advocate Award, presented by the Michigan Association for Justice, 2009

  • Recipient, Hillman Award, presented by the Hillman Advocacy Institute, 2011

  • Recipient, Inaugural 2021 Distinguished Mediator of the Year Award presented by the Negligence Section of the State Bar of Michigan

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