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Foster Swift Announces 2008 Best Lawyers In America

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September 18, 2008

The Michigan law firm of Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. is proud to announce that twenty-six of the firm’s attorneys statewide have been selected for inclusion in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyers in America.  A publication of Woodward & White, Best Lawyers in America is one of the oldest and most respected peer review publications in the legal profession.

Of particular note, Douglas A. Mielock has been the only Michigan attorney selected by Best Lawyers in America for his work in the area of Elder Law.  Mielock is also included as a Best Lawyer for his Trusts & Estates practice.

Charles E. Barbieri and Webb A. Smith are also distinguished by their exclusive selection as the only two Michigan attorneys named to the 2009 Best Lawyers for their work in Natural Resources law.

In the firm’s Lansing office, twenty-one attorneys, more than any other Lansing firm, have been selected for the 2009 edition.  Allan J. Claypool has been included in Best Lawyers for twenty-five years for his Tax Law and Trusts & Estates practice.  Stephen I. Jurmu has been included for twenty years for his practice in the area of Employee Benefits.  Charles E. Barbieri for his practice in the areas of Environmental Law, First Amendment Law, and Natural Resources Law, Charles A. Janssen for his practice in the area of Trusts & Estates, Gary J. McRay for his practice in Health Care Law, and Webb A. Smith for his practice in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Energy, First Amendment, Natural Resources, and Oil & Gas Law have been included for ten years.

In addition, the following attorneys in the firm’s Lansing office have been included:  Michael G. Harrison in Alternative Dispute Resolution; James B. Jensen, Jr. for Tax Law; David M. Lick Commercial Litigation and Construction Law; Stephen J. Lowney for Employee Benefits; Scott L. Mandel for Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law; Donald E. Martin for Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense and White-Collar Criminal Defense; Michael D. Sanders for Workers’ Compensation; Sherry A. Stein for Employee Benefits; Scott A. Storey for Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation; and Brent A. Titus for Real Estate; Brian G. Goodenough for Workers' Compensation; Matt G. Hrebec for Banking; Steven L. Owen for Real Estate Law; and Deanna Swisher for Commercial Litigation.

All of the foregoing attorneys are shareholders of Foster Swift, resident in the Lansing, Michigan office.

In Farmington Hills, Gilbert M. Frimet, Alan Gilchrist, and Alan Rogalski have been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Health Care.  Bruce A. VandeVusse is included for his practice area of Medical Malpractice.

In Grand Rapids, Scott H. Hogan has been included.  His noted area for inclusion in Best Lawyers is Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights.

Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. is a law firm founded on the 106 year-old tradition of quality service based on experience, performance and results.  With offices in Lansing, Farmington Hills, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Marquette, Michigan the firm’s attorneys provide general, local and special counsel to businesses and individuals throughout the Midwest.