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Jerome M. Smith

Partner Emeritus | Email

  • Grand Rapids

    t. +1.616.752.2105

    f. +1.616.752.2500

  • +1.866.533.3018 - ext. 2105


Jay Smith practices in the areas of trusts and estates, closely held business law, estate and gift tax and family businesses ownership succession. He counsels families in developing and implementing multi-generational planning for the retention or transfer of family or closely held businesses to younger generations with minimum gift, income and estate taxes.


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  • University of Michigan Law School J.D. 1965 with distinction
  • University of Michigan B.B.A. 1960 with distinction


  • 1965, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation

Teaching and Lecturing

  • Instructor, Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Instructor, The American College
  • Instructor, Aquinas College
  • Instructor, Grand Valley State University in advanced estate planning and corporations

Honors & Awards

  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2006-17
  • Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, 1995-Present
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2014
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Order of the Coif




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