Among other matters, Pat regularly assists his clients in the following:
•Acting as outside general counsel to businesses.
•Providing affirmative means of protection against liability through contract provisions such as limited warranties, insurance requirements, or indemnification that limit claims or divert them to others.
•Resolving commercial disputes and product liability claims through the litigation process when other forms of dispute resolution do not succeed.
•Managing claims against his clients brought in jurisdictions throughout the country.
Pat has a thorough understanding of the business ramifications that legal issues cause and concentrates on formulating legal solutions that will achieve his clients' business goals. In addition, the depth of his experience in business-related matters allows him to effectively counsel his clients by translating legal issues into common sense terms that apply directly to their businesses.
Following and building upon his longstanding practice in litigation, Pat has begun offering his services to parties as a mediator. He has over 40 years of experience as a respected trial attorney, representing clients in and out of the courtroom in various business and corporate litigation. This experience has led him to assist clients in diverse areas including contract disputes, restrictive covenants and non-compete matters and product liability in state and federal courts. He also advises businesses and individuals on risk management and insurance coverage issues related to litigation.
Pat served as Chief Executive Officer of Smith Haughey from 2003 to 2009. He currently serves as President and General Counsel of the firm and chair of the firm’s product liability department. He is admitted to practice before the United State Supreme Court and various federal courts of appeal and district courts. In addition to the Michigan State Courts, he is qualified to mediate in federal and state courts. In addition, Pat is also qualified to mediate for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan.
Pat is married to Patricia, and they have four children: Sean, Colleen, Brendan and Ailis.
•AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
•Listed as a Michigan Super Lawyer (2006-2018) - Business Litigation, Insurance Coverage
•Listed as a Local Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation (2010-2015) - Commercial, Insurance, Product Liability Litigation
•Listed in Best Lawyers (2014-2019) - Commercial Litigation
•Listed in Leading Lawyers (2014) - Commercial Litigation; Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law
•Selected as Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law (2016)
•Selected as an arbitrator by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan
News and Publications
August 16 2018
Twenty-One Smith Haughey Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2019
August 18 2017
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Attorneys Listed Among Best Lawyers in America for 2018
October 06 2016
Eight Smith Haughey Attorneys Selected as Local Litigation Stars by Benchmark Litigation
September 20 2016
Sixteen Smith Haughey Attorneys Listed Among 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars
January 14 2016
Smith Haughey Elects CEO, Shareholder, and 2016 Board of Directors
September 17 2015
Fourteen Smith Haughey Attorneys Listed Among 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars
August 27 2015
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Attorneys Listed Among Best Lawyers in America for 2016
July 07 2015
Geary Elected to Lead the Grand Rapids Bar Association
January 09 2015
Smith Haughey Announces New Shareholders and Board of Directors
October 29 2014
Ten Smith Haughey Attorneys Selected as Local Litigation Stars by Benchmark Litigation
September 05 2014
Twenty-three Smith Haughey Attorneys Listed Among 2014 Michigan Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars”
August 18 2014
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Attorneys Listed Among Best Lawyers in America for 2015
January 07 2014
Smith Haughey Announces New Chief Executive Officer, Shareholders, Office Managing Shareholders, and Board Members
October 07 2013
Growing Home: Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge partners with Even & Franks
October 06 2013
Smith Haughey Lawyers Named Among 2013 Michigan Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”
October 03 2013
Go West-ER: Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge finds new home on Lakeshore
August 15 2013
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Attorneys Listed Among “Best Lawyers in America” For 2014
September 17 2012
Smith Haughey Lawyers Named 2012 Super Lawyers
December 16 2011
Smith Haughey Lawyers Named “Super Lawyers”
October 07 2010
Smith Haughey Lawyers Named Super Lawyers
September 16 2009
Smith Haughey Lawyers Named Super Lawyers
American Bar Foundation, Michigan State Bar Foundation
• Vice President, Grand Rapids Bar Association
• Life Member, Grand Rapids Justice Foundation
• President - Board of Directors, St. John's Home
• Corporate Board Member, D.A. Blodgett - Catholic Charities West Michigan
•State Bar of Michigan
•fellow, American Bar Foundation, Michigan State Bar Foundation
•Grand Rapids Bar Association (President, 2015-2016; Board of Trustees, 2010-2015; Business Court Mediation Advisory Committee)
•Member, Circuit Court of Kent County Business Court Advisory Committee
•Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (President, 2000-2001)
•Product Liability Advisory Council
•fellow, Legal Assistance Foundation
•Life Member, Grand Rapids Justice Foundation
•Qualified to mediate for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan
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