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Fact Sheet

Founded:  1902 in Lansing, Michigan by Walter S. Foster

People:

  • 100-plus attorneys – all graduates of ABA accredited law schools and all in "good standing with the State Bar of Michigan"
  • 18 paralegals
  • 51 legal secretaries
  • 34 administration employees including accounting, human resources, marketing, office services, recruiting and technology

Offices:

Recognitions:

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating.  46 attorneys hold an AV® Preeminent™ rating.
  • Best Lawyers in America©.  46 of our attorneys earned this designation for 2018. Additionally, Foster Swift was ranked in 46 of the 120 practice areas listed in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2018 Best Law Firms in America.
  • Michigan Super Lawyers.  18 of our attorneys were recently selected for this recognition based on the survey conducted byLaw & Politics magazine.  We were also honored to have Michigan Super Lawyers name 14 of our young attorneys as "Rising Stars."
  • Theodore Swift Civility Award.  In 2000, the Ingham County (Lansing) Bar Association established this annual recognition in honor of Ted Swift, one of the attorneys for whom our firm is named.  He was the award’s first recipient.  It honors local trial lawyers for “…manifesting civility in his or her relations with the Bench, Bar, clients, and the public, while adhering to and advancing the highest principals and traditions of the legal profession.”  Scott Mandel, another one of the firm’s litigators, recently received this award.

Executive Committee

President: Michael Sanders 
Secretary: Douglas Mielock 
Treasurer: Scott Chernich
VP Grand Rapids: Anne Seurynck
VP Lansing: Brent Titus 
VP Southfield: Brian Renaud 
Executive Director: Terry Blakely



Practice Group Leaders

Administrative and Municipal - Michael Homier
Business and Corporate - Joel Farrar
Business and Corporate - Todd Hoppe
Employer Services - Brian Goodenough
Finance, Real Estate and Bankruptcy Services - Patricia Scott
General and Commercial Litigation Services - Paul Millenbach
General and Commercial Litigation Services - David Russell
Health Care - Jennifer Van Regenmorter
Trusts and Estates - Anna Gibson

Key Contacts:

  • Michael Sanders, President
    517.371.8210
  • Terry Blakely, Executive Director
    517.371.8100
  • Kim Hafley, Director of Marketing
    517.371.8112
    khafley@fosterswift.com