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Of Counsel - Retired

L.R. "Bud" Roegge

Grand Rapids

Yvonne Ouellette



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.

Previous Experience


  • 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


  • Grinnell College (B.A., Chemistry, 1959)  
  • Northwestern University (J.D., 1962), Phi Alpha Delta  


  • State Bar of Michigan, 1963


  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

  • Recipient, State Bar of Michigan's "Champion of Justice Award" (2012)

  • Recipient, Grand Rapids Bar Association's "Donald R. Worsfold Distinguished Service Award" (2006)

  • Listed, Super Lawyers Magazine, (2006-2019); Listed as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan", Super Lawyers Magazine (2006)

  • Listed, Best Lawyers (1989-2020) -- Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law, Medical Malpractice Law, and Personal Injury Litigation

  • Listed, Leading Lawyers (2014) -- Medical Malpractice Defense Law, Professional Malpractice Defense: Legal/Technical/Financial

  • Recipient, NALS of West Michigan's "Legal Professional of the Year Award" (2007)

  • Listed as one of Top 10 Lawyers in Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Magazine (November 1998)

  • Recipient, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel's "5th Annual Excellence in Defense Award" (1997)

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