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Fact Sheet

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


  • 97 attorneys - all graduates of ABA accredited law schools and all in "good standing with the State Bar of Michigan"
  • 21 paralegals
  • 49 legal secretaries
  • 37 administration employees including accounting, human resources, marketing, office services, recruiting and technology


  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating.  38 attorneys hold an AV® Preeminent™ rating.
  • Best Lawyers in America©.  45 of our attorneys earned this designation for 2019. Additionally, Foster Swift was ranked in more than 49 of the 122 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 by Law & Politics magazine. We were also honored to have Michigan Super Lawyers name 13 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.”  Mike Sanders, President of the firm, recently received this award in 2018.


Key Contacts:

  • Michael Sanders, President
  • Terry Blakely, Executive Director
  • Kimberly Hafley, Media Contact