Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge recently announced the passing of one of the firm’s founding partners, David O. Haughey. He was 102.
The firm said Haughey died at his home Oct. 19 2020.
Haughey volunteered for the army in World War ll and served as a captain of an artillery unit in the Battle of the Bulge and the freeing of Antwerp Harbor.
Shortly after graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, Haughey joined what was then Mitts & Smith in 1948.
Two years later, he became a partner of the firm and after undergoing some changes, the firm became known as Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge.
As a young attorney, he developed a practice in tort litigation, real estate and financing matters. He later focused on product liability litigation, representing companies such as Dow Chemical and General Motors.
Haughey was a member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers.
He retired from his practice in 1987.