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Kimberley P.H. Mitchell


Heather Bruce


Kim is an attorney in Smith Haughey’s Holland office, practicing in the areas of employee benefits and employment law. Kim counsels clients on the design and maintenance of their self-insured and insured health plans, cafeteria plans, wellness programs, and health reimbursement arrangements. Kim is seasoned in assisting clients with compliance with the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, COBRA and other laws. She also advises clients on an array of employment law issues including hiring, discipline and termination practices, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and the development of policies and employee handbooks. As a former speech-language pathologist, Kim particularly enjoys helping employers with issues relating to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Prior to joining Smith Haughey, Kim gained considerable experience as a director of compliance consulting at Buck Consultants, a Xerox Company, where she served as a resource for consultants and clients on regulatory and legal issues and developments relating health and welfare benefits. In addition, Kim has authored numerous articles relating to employee benefit plans.

Kim earned her J.D. from Cornell Law School where she graduated in the top 30% of her class. During her time there she was the Cornell Law Review Symposium Editor and also president of the Cornell Law Economics and Business Society. Kim earned her M.A. from Case Western Reserve University in communications disorders and speech pathology and her B.A. in audiology and speech sciences from Michigan State University after which she spent several years practicing as a speech-language pathologist before going to law school.

An active member of the community, Kim has served on the boards of various organizations, most recently the board of the Selective Mutism Association, an organization devoted to educating and raising awareness about selective mutism.

Kim lives in Holland with her husband, Mike, where they spend a fair amount of time entertaining (and being entertained by!) their four children, Preston, Clara, Will and Haddie. When she isn’t surrounded by her children, you can often find Kim practicing yoga or working on her tennis or golf game.



Previous Experience

Buck Consultants, a Xerox Company; Director, Compliance Consulting Center

Varnum Law; Associate Attorney

Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP; Associate Attorney


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Davenport University, Online Adjunct Instructor
  • Hope College, Adjunct Faculty
  • Northwood University, Instructor
  • Cornell Law Review, Symposium Editor
  • Cornell Law Economics and Business Society, President
  • Selective Mutism Group, Board Member and State Coordinator
  • Women's Law Coalition, Student Mentor
  • Ready for School Initiative, Former Executive Committee Member
  • Women in Transition, Past Board Member
  • Hope College, Student Mentor


  • Michigan State University (B.A., 1994)  
  • Case Western Reserve University (M.A., 1996)  
  • Cornell Law School (J.D., 2002)  


  • State Bar of Michigan, 2006

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