Our People

Of Counsel

Robert C. Stone

Grand Rapids

Laura Shoemaker


Bob Stone is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Department of Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge. He has represented public and private sector employers for over 30 years throughout Michigan and the Midwest both in administrative proceedings and before State and Federal courts. Bob’s expertise extends to the full range of labor and employment law issues, including union organizing campaigns, unfair labor practice charges, contract negotiations, contract administration, grievance arbitrations, Act 312 arbitrations, strike litigation, personnel policies, wage and hour claims, civil rights, disabilities accommodation, drug testing, employment contracts, wrongful discharge, affirmative action plans, plant closing laws, employee benefits, immigration compliance, and unemployment compensation.

Bob is also a frequent speaker to professional organizations on a variety of labor and employment law topics.

Bob and his wife, Jan, have one daughter, Sarah.


Previous Professional Experience

  • Deputy Labor Counsel – State of Wisconsin

Previous Experience

Deputy Labor Counsel – State of Wisconsin


  • American Bar Association (Member, Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Member, Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Member, Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Association for Human Resource Management (Member, Board of Directors, 1997)
  • Employers’ Association of Grand Rapids, Human Resource Group
  • Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Association
  • Industrial Relations Research Association
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (Member, Labor and Employment Section)
  • EEOC Facilitative Mediator (through the National Center for Dispute Settlement)
  • Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce (Former Chair, Board Assistance Committee; Former Co-Chair, Student Employment Committee)
  • Grand Rapids East Rotary Charities (Former Member, Board of Directors)
  • Michigan Association of Rehabilitation Organizations


  • Wake Forest University (B.A., 1972)  
  • University of Tennessee (J.D., 1974); Recipient of Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Procedure  


  • Wisconsin Bar Association, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1978
  • State Bar of Michigan, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1989