The Holland office of Smith Haughey primarily represents businesses and their owners, practicing all areas of business and real estate law. Smith Haughey assists clients in starting a business to selling and/or transitioning it, and with the decisions, issues, and needs that might arise throughout.
Jaron has been a business and real estate lawyer in West Michigan for over 20 years. He is a graduate of Dordt College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Jaron serves, and has served, on numerous non-profit boards and committees in the area and is dedicated to assisting the Lakeshore community. Jaron’s practice includes general business and real estate contracts and transactions, mergers and acquisitions, advising nonprofits, commercial finance, and securities law. Jaron has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© in Business Organizations and Real Estate.
Nick is a business and estate planning lawyer. He is Chair of Smith Haughey’s Private Client Services (Trusts & Estates) Practice Group and the firm’s Agricultural and Agribusiness Industry Team. His practice focuses on closely-held business law, estate planning, and business succession planning to help his clients protect, grow and smoothly transition their wealth and businesses to future generations. He serves individuals, families, and businesses throughout Michigan and beyond. Nick received his undergraduate degree from Hope College, an MBA from Grand Valley State University, as well as his J.D. from Michigan State. He has also studied in Tokyo, Japan, and Innsbruck, Austria. Nick and his family reside in Hamilton and Nick is an active volunteer with many community organizations including ODC Network and Haven Reformed Church.
Mike began his legal practice in Mishawaka, Indiana and Dowagiac, Michigan, before joining Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, and is licensed to practice law in Michigan and Indiana. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from Indiana University. Mike has served as counsel for individuals and publicly traded corporations. He has drafted and negotiated numerous types of agreements, including for the sale or acquisition of commercial real estate, asset and stock sales of companies, and consulting and manufacturing agreements. Mike also serves as counsel to employers on human resource needs and strategies and has a wide-ranging business law practice. He is passionate about history and the arts, having previously acted as a tour guide while at Notre Dame, and currently serves on the board of the Holland Museum. Mike is also a graduate of the West Coast Leadership Program and has a real appreciation for the local and regional community.
Patty is a Michigan native who rejoined Smith Haughey after spending a year working in private finance near Seattle, Washington. Patty studied at Calvin College and Michigan State University College of Law. She was fortunate enough to study literature in York, England, as well as intellectual property law in Rijeka, Croatia. Patty works primarily with businesses to support their wide-ranging business needs, with a strong emphasis on their intellectual property rights. She assists with trademark applications, monitoring, and enforcement, as well as licensing, copyrights and contractual agreements. Patty has formed strong connections through the West Coast Chamber leadership program and as Secretary of the Holland Young Professionals.
Matthew studied at Washburn School of Law in Topeka, Kansas while simultaneously earning an MBA from Washburn University. He now focuses his practice on business, securities, and real estate. He has a passion for working with nonprofit clients through all stages of formation, growth, and governance. Matthew currently enjoys serving as Treasurer on the board of the Holland Symphony Orchestra. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys attending performing arts events with his wife Clarissa, spending time with his daughter, woodworking, and attempting projects around the house.
Tom graduated with a degree from the University of Michigan and completed his legal education at Michigan State University College of Law. He supports the Holland office with various litigation matters and has developed a particular interest in construction and real estate litigation. Tom has experience in state and federal courts, dispute resolution strategies, and bankruptcy matters, and is a valuable asset to the Holland team.