Serving as chair of the firm’s workers’ compensation practice group, Jane represents employers in the areas of workers’ compensation and employment law. For more than 30 years, she has represented employers, insurers, and third-party claims administrators in the defense of workers’ compensation matters. She has handled thousands of cases before the Michigan Workers’ Compensation Agency, intelligently and aggressively defending her clients and achieving the best possible results. Human resource directors, risk managers, and business owners rely on Jane to provide risk management and claims handling advice to help manage the cost of workers’ compensation claims. Jane’s experience has provided her with remarkable insight into the expert witnesses, attorneys, and magistrates with whom she works. All of this translates into the development of case strategies which attain the most favorable outcomes for her clients.
Jane is also committed to helping human resource professionals and employers comply with state and federal employment laws. Along with the entire Labor & Employment Law team at Smith Haughey, Jane focuses on creating individually tailored employment practices that focus first on prevention and problem solving.
Jane is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Community Media Center. She is a former president of the Grand Rapids Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation section and is a former member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Lansing, including one year of service as the Board President.