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Anne M. Seurynck

Shareholder
1700 East Beltline, N.E.
Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-7044
T 616.726.2240
F 517.371.8200

Overview

Anne has been practicing with Foster Swift's Municipal and Public Entity Practice Group since her arrival at the firm in 1996. Her entire career has focused on the representation of municipalities and public entities. Anne has extensive experience in drafting and reviewing ordinances and policies, serving as general counsel, counseling clients on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act issues, and working with communities on millage and Michigan Campaign Finance Issues. Anne also has an expertise in library law.

To promote her belief that the best legal strategy is a proactive strategy, Anne assists communities with policy drafting and adoption. She is also a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences where the educational focus is on municipal law.

In addition to her practice, Anne serves as chair of the Municipal and Public Entity Practice group and as chair of the firm's Recruiting Committee. The Recruiting Committee is responsible for identifying the firm's need for associate attorneys as well as interviewing and hiring qualified individuals. Prior to these leadership roles, Anne was active on the firm's Diversity Committee. Currently, she also serves as a fellow of the Michigan State Bar Association and serves on the Advocacy Committee for JDRF West Michigan.

Affiliations

Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation  
Industry & Professional Associations:
  • Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Member

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Drafting intergovernmental agreements and service contracts with other municipal entities.
  • Assisting communities with zoning issues such as drafting and amending sign ordinances and assisting townships with special use permit requests for telecommunication towers.
  • Drafting millage proposal and educating library boards regarding the application of the Michigan Campaign Finance laws.
  • Addressing board governance issues, including the application of the Open Meetings and the FOIA.
  • Successfully defend clients in FOIA cases
  • Drafting district library agreements and assisting with all aspects of the district library formation process.
  • Amending existing district library agreements, including adding participating municipalities to existing districts.
  • Assisting libraries with request for information by law enforcement agencies and private entities, including the application of the Library Privacy Act and Patriot Act.

Communications

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News & Events

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Education

University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 1996

University of Michigan, B.A., 1993

Bar and Court Admissions

Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals