ROGER A. SMITH joined Vandeveer Garzia, P.C. in 2018 having previously worked at Garan Lucow Miller, P.C. Mr. Smith was with GLM for several decades, where he successfully litigated virtually every type of tort action (municipal liability, general negligence, dram shop, construction, Section 1983, product liability, automobile negligence, etc.). He practiced in multiple circuit courts across the State of Michigan and in both the Eastern and Western Districts of the U.S. Federal Court.
For most of his career at GLM, Mr. Smith served in various management capacities, including Chairman of its Executive Committee and Managing Partner. He is pleased to shed those responsibilities and devote his attention to his real passion of litigating civil matters.
Mr. Smith has a long history of serving as a court- and party-appointed arbitrator, mediator and facilitator.
His litigation skills and professional expertise were recognized by the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (now the Michigan Association for Justice) when in 2003, its Respected Advocate Award was bestowed upon him. He is also a two-time nominee for the State Bar of Michigan’s John W. Cummiskey Award recognizing pro bono contributions. For many years, he has served as the President of the Advisory Council for the Salvation Army William Booth Legal Aid Clinic.
Mr. Smith has spoken at numerous seminars at the request of many organizations and has been recognized annually since 2015 as one of the nation’s top one percent of attorneys by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, since 2006 as a “Super Lawyer,” since 2008 as one of the Best Lawyers in America, and as a Top Lawyer by dbusiness magazine. He has also achieved a Judicial Edition Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent.
Eastern Michigan University, B. S., 1972
Wayne State University Law School, J. D., 1977
State Bar of Michigan 1977
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
State Bar of Michigan
Oakland County Bar Association
“AV Preeminent” rating by Judicial Edition of Martindale Hubbell Peer Review
“Nations Top 1 of Attorneys” by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, annually since 2015
“Super Lawyer,” State of Michigan, ever year from 2006 to the present
“Best Lawyers in America,” every year from 2008 to the present
“Top Lawyer” by dbusiness Magizine
Michigan’s “Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators,” 2018
Below is a listing of some of Mr. Smith’s significant cases: