Jon D. Vander Ploeg

Jon D. Vander Ploeg: Attorney with Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, P.C.
Attorney Awards


Jon has devoted his practice to appeals for 35 years. He began to specialize in his first 12 years at another law firm, but he came to Smith, Haughey in 1986 to devote his full time to appeals. Jon has handled hundreds of cases in the Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, and also in the Federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Appellate practice is a specialty of procedure. It calls upon finely tuned legal scholarship skills and expertise in persuasive written and oral presentation. Experience matters.

Though an appeal might come in any area of the law, Jon has handled many cases involving medical malpractice defense, and the defense of road commissions from claims of liability for alleged improper roadway maintenance. Beyond those, he has also handled cases from across the legal spectrum including real property disputes, contracts, ordinary tort claims, trusts and estates, etc.

Jon has continually devoted his efforts to perfecting the skills of persuasion in written and oral advocacy. Over all of these years he has, first and foremost, paid attention to achieving the courts’ respect for his scholarly writing and effective oral presentation. Jon strives to best serve his clients with the very best of appellate advocacy.

News and Publications

March 26 2019

Smith Haughey Achieves Victory for College

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Appellate Litigation
  • Agricultural and Agribusiness Industry Team

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
616.458.1365  Phone
616.774.2461  Fax
University Attended:
Hope College, B.A., cum laude, 1971
Law School Attended:
Indiana University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1974; Order of the Coif; Indiana Law Journal Note Editor, 1973-1974
Year of First Admission:
1974, Michigan; 1985, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals


Professional Affiliations

•American Bar Association (Member, Section on: Litigation)
•Grand Rapids Bar Association

Community Affiliations

•President, Stony Lake Property Owners Association, 2013-2017

•Board Member, Oceana County Community Foundation, 2016-2017


Peer Reviews

A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan

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