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Foster Swift Announces 2009 Best Lawyers

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August 18, 2009

Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC is proud to announce that 31 of its attorneys have been named to the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession.

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive annual peer-review survey. Because of the rigorous and transparent methodology used by Best Lawyers, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Foster Swift is rated number one in Michigan in the practice areas of Elder Law, Natural Resources Law, and Project Finance Law.

In the firm’s Lansing office, twenty-four attorneys, more than any other Lansing firm, have been selected for the 2010 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 over 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 or more years.

In addition, the following attorneys in the firm’s Lansing office have been included: Scott A. Chernich for Banking & Bankruptcy Law; Brian G. Goodenough for Workers’ Compensation; Michael G. Harrison in Alternative Dispute Resolution; Matt G. Hrebec for Banking; James B. Jensen, Jr. for Tax Law; Steven H. Lasher for Administrative Law; David M. Lick for 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; Douglas A. Mielock for Elder Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law, and Trust & Estates; Steven L. Owen for Real Estate Law; Frank H. Reynolds for Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense, White-Collar Criminal Defense, & Family Law; Michael D. Sanders for Workers’ Compensation; Sherry A. Stein for Employee Benefits; Scott A. Storey for Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation; Deanna Swisher for Commercial Litigation; and Brent A. Titus for Real Estate.

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

The Lansing office is rated number one in Lansing in the following categories: Banking Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, Criminal Defense (White Collar & Non-White Collar), Elder Law, Employee Benefits Law, Family Law, First Amendment Law, Health Care Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Municipal Law, Natural Resources Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Product Liability Litigation, Project Finance Law, Tax Law, Trusts & Estates, and Workers Compensation Law.

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

In Farmington Hills, Foster Swift has six attorneys listed, more than any other office in Farmington Hills. Gilbert M. Frimet, Alan Gilchrist, and Alan Rogalski have been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Health Care. Frank T. Mamat is included for Labor & Employment Law. Francis G. Seyferth is included for his work in Trusts & Estates. Bruce A. VandeVusse is included for his practice area of Medical Malpractice.

The Farmington Hills office is rated number one in Farmington Hills in the practice areas of Administrative Law, Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice Law, and Trusts & Estates.