L.R. “Bud” Roegge
Of Counsel – Retired



L. Roland “Bud” Roegge’s practice includes the representation of health care providers and attorneys in professional liability suits and business litigation which includes environmental matters, as well as tort and contractual matters. He also serves as a facilitative mediator.

Mr. Roegge is one of the most respected trial lawyers in the state of Michigan. Among the significant accomplishments contributing to his professional prominence, was his successful defense of Michigan Chemical Company in hundreds of lawsuits brought as a result of the P.B.B. disaster in the 1970s.

In 2002, Mr. Roegge stepped down as President of Smith Haughey, after having served in that position since the law firm became a professional corporation.


State Bar of Michigan, 1963


Grinnell College (B.A., Chemistry, 1959)

Northwestern University (J.D., 1962), Phi Alpha Delta


Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation

State Bar of Michigan (Member, Sections on: Negligence Law; Environmental Law); Member, Committees on Character and Fitness, Grievance

Grand Rapids Bar Association (President, 1985-1986)

Trustee, Grand Rapids Bar Foundation (1998 - )

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (State Chair, 1994-1996); Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Committee

Michigan Supreme Court Case Flow Management Rules Committee (1989-1990 )

Select Committee for Selection and Rating of Judicial Candidates (1988 - )

Long Range Planning Commission (1986-1989)

Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (Member, Board of Directors, 1988-1994)

Supreme Court Committee on Implementation of Tort Reform Legislation (1984-1986)

American Inns of Court

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Midwest Environmental Claims Association

Member, Task Force Committee for Case Management in Kent County Circuit Court

Instructor, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) Trial Advocacy Workshop

Instructor and Team Leader, Federal Court Trial Advocacy Workshop, Western District of Michigan

Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel (Member, Section on Business Litigation)

Board Member, Dégagé Ministries

Development Board Member, Legal Aid of West Michigan