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Patricia S. Hertel


Heather Bruce

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Patricia Hertel is a business attorney in West Michigan who practices in the areas of business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, and real estate law. She previously worked as in-house counsel at a private lending company near Seattle, WA.

Patricia earned her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law, where she graduated, magna cum laude. While pursuing her J.D., she worked as a summer associate at Smith Haughey, drafting motions and trial court briefs. Patricia also worked for the Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office, where she gained experience in researching evidentiary issues, criminal sexual conduct and a felony murder case. She also conducted pre-trial plea bargains with defendants and defense counsel.

Patricia graduated with a B.A. in English from Calvin College. She then went on to Michigan State University College of Law where she earned her J.D., taking time during her studies to study intellectual property law abroad as well.

A Grand Rapids native, Patty is happy to be back in the area. When she is not in the office she enjoys traveling, hiking, sailing, and exploring West Michigan. She also loves catching a Grand Rapids Griffins hockey game on the weekend, as well as spending time with her family.

Previous Experience

Juniper Capital, In-House Counsel, 2017-2018

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, Associate Attorney, 2015-2016

Traverse Legal, Virtual Clerk (2014-2015)

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, Summer Associate (2014)

Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office, Summer Extern (2013)

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, Legal Intern (2011)


  • Detroit Red Wings Training Camp, volunteer (2011, 2013, 2014)


  • Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2015)
  • Calvin College (B.A., 2011)


  • State Bar of Michigan, 2015

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