AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell
Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation)
American Arbitration Association Roster of Neutrals, Commercial Panel
Indiana University School of Law, J.D., 1985
Ball State University, B.S., 1982, summa cum laude
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
Deanna joined Foster Swift in 1988. Her practice focuses primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, employment litigation, alternative dispute resolution as well as collections and creditor rights matters. She is a member of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group and regularly participates in the Banking, Finance and Real Estate Practice Group as well as serving as chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee.
The range of commercial litigation matters Deanna handles for clients is broad and includes contract and statutory claims arising from the mortgagee/mortgagor relationship, real property and title disputes, breach of contract, secured transactions, breach of fiduciary duty, interference with contract and other business torts, and agricultural matters. These are a few factors that show why Deanna is such a highly sought after commercial litigation and collections attorney in Lansing.
On employment-related litigation, she represents employers on breach of employment contract disputes, discrimination and retaliation claims, enforcement of non-compete provisions, and breach of sales commission agreements.
Recognizing that some matters are best resolved outside the courtroom, Deanna often represents clients in arbitration and mediation proceedings. Additionally, she is listed on the AAA Commercial Panel of neutrals and is well regarded for her abilities in this capacity.
Prior to joining Foster, Swift, she clerked for Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Carolyn Stell and worked for Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlet.
Admitted to practice in Michigan, she is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Ingham County Bar Association. Deanna is a member of the Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and is a former member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Client Protection Fund Committee. Deanna is also a member of AAA’s Roster of Neutrals, Commercial Panel.
Locally, Deanna volunteers her time to Operation Santa, a program that collects and distributes Christmas gifts to children of low-income families. She is the prior President of the Board of Trustees of Michigan Montessori Internationale, Inc. and a founding member of the Lansing Chapter of Inforum. Deanna is also a former member of the Indiana University Law Alumni Board.
Born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, Deanna was a summa cum laude Honors College graduate of Ball State University and received her legal education and juris doctorate from Indiana University in 1985.