William W. Jack, Jr.

William W. Jack, Jr.: Attorney with Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, P.C. AV stamp icon
Attorney Awards

Biography

Bill joined Smith Haughey in 1975, and currently serves 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 10 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 more than 300 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.

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.

Accolades

•AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

•2017 Michigan Lawyers Weekly Michigan Lawyer of the Year

•Listed in Best Lawyers (2017-2019) -- Arbitration

•Listed in Best Lawyers (2001-2019) 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

•Last as Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year (2019) -- 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 (2006-2018) -- Alternative Dispute Resolution

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

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

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

News and Publications

August 16 2018

Twenty-One Smith Haughey Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2019

January 11 2018

Smith Haughey Announces New Shareholders and Board of Directors

August 18 2017

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Attorneys Listed Among Best Lawyers in America for 2018

March 24 2017

Attorney Bill Jack Named Lawyer of the Year

March 23 2017

Smith Haughey Attorney Bill Jack Selected As One Of Michigan's Leaders in the Law 2017

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

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

October 06 2013

Smith Haughey Lawyers Named Among 2013 Michigan Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”

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”

September 14 2011

Smith Haughey and its Attorneys Voted Best By Their Peers

January 27 2011

Bill Jack Receives First Annual Hillman Award

October 07 2010

Smith Haughey Lawyers Named Super Lawyers

September 16 2009

Smith Haughey Lawyers Named Super Lawyers

August 11 2009

Smith Haughey and its Attorneys Voted Best by Their Peers

July 01 2009

Jack Receives the Michigan Association for Justice's Respected Advocate Award

American Bar Foundation

• Fellow: Michigan State Bar Foundation

• Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (President, 1987-1988; Member, Board of Directors, 1986--)

• Team Leader, University of Michigan Law School Trial Advocacy Course, 1986-1996

• Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1985-

Community Affiliations

• Board Member, Kids Food Basket

• Vice President, Kent Medical Foundation

• Planned Parenthood Centers of West Michigan, Board of Directors, 1995-2000

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Legal Malpractice Liability Defense
  • Professional Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
616.458.6243  Phone
616.774.2461  Fax
www.shrr.com
University Attended:
Denison University, B.A., 1969
Law School Attended:
George Washington University, J.D., with honors, 1973
Year of First Admission:
1973
Admission:
1973, Michigan
Memberships:

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

•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

Community Affiliations

•Former Board Member, Kids Food Basket
•Planned Parenthood Centers of West Michigan, Board of Directors, 1995-2000

ISLN:
906234882

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (1 review)
A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
  • Legal Knowledge

    5.0/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    5.0/5.0
  • Judgment

    5.0/5.0
  • Communication

    5.0/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    5.0/5.0

*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

Affiliations

NITA

Grand Rapids, Michigan

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