Grand Rapids, Mich., June 20, 2012 – John R. (Jack) Oostema, a shareholder with Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, was named by Chambers USA as a leading attorney in Michigan in the area of general commercial litigation. In addition, Smith Haughey has been named as a leading law firm in the same category.
Chambers USA is a well-respected annual publication that ranks the top law firms and attorneys in the country. The guide is researched and published by Chambers and Partners, a London based organization that provides in-depth and objective research on law firms and attorneys throughout the world.
Jack focuses his practice on representing lawyers in legal malpractice actions and on insurance coverage matters related to professional liability insurance. He has represented attorneys, law firms, and insurance carriers nationwide. He has served as National Coverage Counsel for a prominent professional liability carrier that writes coverage for lawyers in over 40 states. In addition to regularly representing many of the largest firms in the state, Jack has also represented the State Bar of Michigan in connection with litigation challenging the constitutionality of the Character & Fitness review process. Recently, as part of its 50-State Survey of Legal Malpractice.
Law, Jack was asked by the Professional Liability Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association to author the Michigan chapter on legal malpractice law. In 2010, Jack was selected as a “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.