Robert Parker


Property and Real Estate
(231) 486-4504  |  EMAIL:

Robert has over 38 years of experience representing clients in acquiring, selling and leasing real estate property. He has represented clients in various courts throughout Michigan, with numerous appearances before the Michigan Tax Tribunal and various zoning and planning boards.


A significant portion of his practice is devoted to real estate and land use issues including residential real estate closings, the purchase, sale or lease of commercial property and real property taxation issues. He has successfully litigated issues related to the enforcement and interpretation of easements, restrictive covenants, zoning restrictions, actions to quiet or clear title, and foreclosure of mortgages and construction liens. Robert represents commercial lenders in real estate transactions, municipal clients, and clients before the Michigan Tax Tribunal. Robert was the Managing Partner for Smith Haughey’s Traverse City office for many years and also served as the firm’s CEO. Robert was named to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law.

Robert is a life-long resident of Traverse City, Michigan, where he lives with his wife and also raised their three children. 


University of Michigan (B.A. 1977, cum laude)
Wayne State University Law School (J.D. 1980)


State Bar of Michigan (1980)
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Approved Counsel: Michigan State Housing Development Authority


CEO, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge (2013 - 2014)
Managing Partner, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, Traverse City Office (2000 - 2013)
State Bar of Michigan—Real Property Law, Environmental Law, and Agricultural Law Sections
Michigan Land Title Association, Affiliate Member
Traverse City Symphony Orchestra, Current Board Member
Grand Traverse Industries, Current Board Member
Botanical Garden Society of Northwest Michigan, Current Board Member


“Best Lawyers,” Real Estate (2017 - Present)