Honors & Recognitions
AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell
Best Lawyers® in America 2011-2014 (Government Relations Practice)
Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1988, cum laude
University of Michigan, B.A., 1985, with Distinction
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court
Eric E. Doster
Eric E. Doster
Eric Doster is the cornerstone of Foster Swift’s premier election law practice. He is the longest-serving General Counsel in the history of the Michigan Republican Party and regularly represents many of Michigan's largest corporations and others in complex and precedent-setting election law matters.
Eric frequently assists clients to navigate the regulations of the Federal Election Commission, the Michigan Department of State and the Internal Revenue Service. He offers counsel regarding federal and state lobbying laws, political contributions, political action committees, ethics, the use of corporate facilities for political purposes and corporate guidelines on related issues.
In addition to his widely-known and respected election law practice, clients have a high regard for Eric’s work in other areas of the law, including:
- Construction. Drafts and negotiates construction agreements between owners and contractors, construction managers and architects.
- Tax-Exempt Organizations. Assists in the formation and operation of many types of tax-exempt organizations. Advises election law clients on corporate and tax matters, including compliance with state registration requirements and tax-exempt status.
- Healthcare Certificate of Need. Drafts Certificate of Need applications and routinely counsels healthcare providers.
- General Business/Corporate. Routinely drafts and reviews a wide variety of business documents, from leases to contracts of all kinds.
A native of Imlay City, Michigan Eric's focus outside the office is his family.
- Michigan Chamber of Commerce, et al v Michigan Secretary of State, ____ F.Supp.2d. ____, 2010 WL 2925791 (W.D. Mich.). This civil rights case was brought on behalf of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and others to prevent the Michigan Secretary of State from criminalizing free speech activities protected by the First Amendment. As a result of this case, corporations may now pool their resources to conduct independent expenditure activities in Michigan elections.
- Fleming v Macomb County Clerk, (Court of Appeals Docket No. 279966). This case enjoined the Macomb County Clerk from sending unsolicited absent voter ballot applications. A unanimous Court of Appeals opinion in 2008 agreed with our position.
- Baldwin v Calhoun County Clerk and Moore, (Calhoun County Circuit Court No. 08-2085-NW). Secured the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the residency status of a candidate for the Michigan House of Representatives.
- Walberg v Lenawee County Board of Election Commissioners, (Lenawee County Circuit Court No. 07-2684-AW). Represented United States Congressman Timothy Walberg to obtain a declaratory judgment, injunction, and a Writ of Mandamus against the Lenawee County Board of Election Commissioners to dismiss recall proceedings against a Member of Congress.
- DeLeeuw v Board of State Canvassers, 263 Mich App 497 (2004). Obtained Writ of Mandamus against the Board of State Canvassers to place Ralph Nader's name on the Michigan ballot as an independent candidate for President of the United States in the November 2004 general election.
- Faxon v Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 244 Mich App 468 (2001). This landmark decision helped establish the necessary showing of actual malice that applies when a plaintiff in a defamation action is a public official or public figure.
- Selinsky v Secretary of State and Judge Ronald Lowe, (Court of Appeals Docket Nos. 228270 and 228272). Represented District Judge Ronald Lowe in an action brought by would-be candidates who were denied ballot access.
- Federal Election Commission v Michigan Republican State Committee (W.D. Mich Case No. 5:94-CV-27). Successfully defended the Michigan Republican Party against claims by the Federal Election Commission that certain development costs of a voter list are to be allocated to candidates who use the voter list.
- Attorney Eric Doster releases "Michigan Campaign Finance" book, September 10, 2013
- Eight Foster Swift Attorneys Admitted to Practice Before Supreme Court, November 2, 2012
- 47 Foster Swift attorneys named as 2013 Best Lawyers, September 4, 2012
- Foster Swift selected as a Top Ranked Law Firm by Martindale-Hubbell, April 16, 2012
- Foster Swift's 2011 Best Lawyers, August 17, 2010
- WEBINAR | What Municipalities Need to Know about Michigan Campaign Finance Law, Foster Swift, October 8, 2013
- MSAE 2012 Law Symposium, MSAE, November 13, 2012
- IP, Social Media, Employment Insurance, Tax, Lobbying and Health Care, Sponsored by Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, November 17, 2010
- Implications of State Mandated Criteria on Redistricting Plans, National Republican Redistricting Conference, May 1, 2010
- Campaign Finance Law, Michigan Political Leadership Program, June 2009
- Antitrust Enforcement Policy Statement, Foster Swift Health Care Law E-News, April 18, 2011
- Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission: A Relaxation of Campaign Contribution Restrictions, Foster Swift Health Care Law Report, February 2010
- Highlights of the Recent 2007 Version of A201, the "General Conditions of the Contract for Construction", Foster Swift Construction Law News, January 2008
- Michigan Construction Lien Act Becomes a Bit More Complex: Public Act 572 of 2006 and Public Act 28 of 2007, Foster Swift Construction Law News, August 2007
Memberships & Affiliations
- State Bar of Michigan
- Attorney Discipline Board, Hearing Panelist
- Administrative Law Section
- Ingham County Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association, Western Michigan Chapter
- Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan
- Catholic Lawyers Guild
Industry & Professional Associations:
- Ingham, Clinton and Eaton County Circuit Courts, Circuit Court Case Evaluator
- State Court Administrative Office Community Mediation Program, Certified Mediator
- Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society, Lifetime Member
- Ave Maria School of Law
- American Inns of Court, Master
- Michigan Republican Party, longest-serving General Counsel
- The Federalist Society
- Ingham County, Public Administrator
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