Michael J. Bovill



Michael Bovill is an associate in Smith Haughey’s litigation practice group. He focuses his practice on high-stakes commercial and business litigation throughout the region.

On a daily basis, Mike regularly represents businesses and individuals in pursuing and defending claims in both state and federal court. His vast trial experience generates consistent results for clients in the areas of business and commercial litigation, construction law, labor and employment matters, and general liability defense.

Prior to joining Smith Haughey, Mike served in the Marines for nearly six years. He brings significant trial experience earned as a Special Victims Prosecutor with a focus on child sex crimes and sexual assault. During his time as a prosecutor, the Marines nominated Mike to serve as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California to prosecute civilian offenses on Department of Defense installations. As a result of his successful prosecution record, Mike was chosen to deploy as the legal counsel to a strategic task force assembled to advise and assist Iraqi forces in the prosecution of terrorists. While forward deployed he went on to serve as legal counsel to the Marines’ regional crisis response force and the headquarters for the International Coalition to Defeat ISIS. He has also represented servicemember clients and their families in various civil matters and settlement mediations.

When he is not practicing law, Mike enjoys spending time with his family outdoors, playing golf, and training for the next race or triathlon on the calendar.



Michigan State Bar, 2021

Illinois State Bar, 2015

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2021

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 2021


University of Illinois Chicago John Marshall Law School (J.D., 2015)

Loyola University Chicago (B.A., 2012)


Listed as Grand Rapids Magazine “Top Lawyer” - Non White-Collar Criminal Defense (2022)


Grand Rapids Bar Association

Veterans of Foreign Wars

American Legion