Founded in West Michigan in 1941 and built on the foundation of litigation excellence, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge opened its Holland office in March of 2016, and since then has grown from two attorneys to an office of seven attorneys and three support staff. In fact, the office experienced such growth that it quickly moved from its original office on College Avenue to its current larger and more prominent space at 85 E. 8th Street.
Primarily representing businesses and their owners, Smith Haughey’s Holland office practices all areas of business and real estate law, including employment, intellectual property, entity formation and planning, corporate governance, shareholder relations, mergers and acquisitions, commercial finance, commercial transactions, general contracting, securities, nonprofit law, any related litigation issues, and the purchase, sale, leasing and development of real estate. Smith Haughey has clients covered from starting a business to selling and/or transitioning it, and everything in between.
“With our broad range of expertise, we’re able to partner with our clients to provide practical advice, insights and results that solve their problems and bring value to their bottom lines,” said Jaron Nyhof, Holland office Managing Partner. “As they succeed, the community succeeds, and everyone benefits.”
Smith Haughey had been considering the idea of an expansion into Holland for some time, as its client base continued to grow along the lakeshore; however, the addition came to fruition thanks to the joining of attorneys Jack Marquis and Jaron Nyhof - two well-established and highly-regarded business and real estate attorneys who have practiced in Holland for decades.
“I’ve been in Holland for 22 years now with my family; and it’s not only a vibrant business community, but also an amazing place to live, work and play,” said Nyhof.
Smith Haughey attorneys not only live and work in the Holland community, but they also volunteer and serve there as well. Serving on boards and committees for local nonprofits such as the Community Foundation, Holland Historical Trust, Benjamin’s Hope, Holland Symphony Orchestra, the ODC Network, Holland Young Professionals, and local churches, among others, the firm’s attorneys invest their extra time and efforts into supporting organizations that they believe enhance the energetic and growing community.
“I think having passion and pride for where you live is good for the community and helps create a culture and opportunity for growth,” said attorney Mike Doversberger.
While Smith Haughey’s clients benefit from services available to a large firm with four offices across the state, they experience the intimacy, flexibility and availability that the lakeshore team provides.
“I am grateful that many of our clients are also friends with whom we get to volunteer, recreate, and worship,” said attorney Nick Reister. “Personally, it has resulted in such fullness and depth in my life, and our clients have expressed the same feelings. We are able to not only have meaningful personal relationships, but also provide sophisticated advice as life events arise.”
As Smith Haughey continues to serve Holland and the surrounding lakeshore communities, the firm looks forward to solidifying its presence as a permanent and growing member of the community.
Smith Haughey’s Holland team can be found at 85 E. 8th Street and contacted at 616-499-6360 and www.shrr.com.