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Leslie A. Dickinson

1700 East Beltline, N.E.
Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-7044
T 616.726.2232
F 616.726.2299


Leslie Dickinson is a member of Foster Swift's Municipal and General Litigation Practice Groups. Leslie advises the firm's public entity clients including cities, townships, counties, villages, libraries and local health departments on compliance with applicable state and federal laws. Her representative matters include:

  • Municipal Prosecution - misdemeanor and civil infraction ordinance and code violations
  • Zoning, Planning and Land Use
  • Ordinance Drafting - police power and zoning ordinances including regulations for medical marijuana, wind energy, solar energy, short-term rentals, and broadband internet
  • Freedom of Information ACT (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act (OMA) Compliance
  • Inter-local Agreement Negotiation and Drafting

In addition to her work with municipalities and local governments, Leslie also handles a wide range of commercial litigation matters where she has represented businesses, health care entities, property owners and insurance companies. She also regularly handles administrative appeals, such as from zoning ordinance interpretations or other administrative agencies.

Leslie is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Notre Dame Law School where she received the Dean's Award in Notre Dame's Intensive Trial Advocacy Course. She was also selected to participate in Notre Dame's Advanced Criminal Justice Externship where she represented criminal defendants charged with lower-level felonies.


Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • State Bar of Michigan

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

  • Women Lawyers Association of West Michigan
    • Member of the Board of Directors
Community Involvement:
  • Grand Rapids Ballet Company
    • Member of the Board of Directors



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News & Events

Speaking Engagements

  • What the Heck is an SAD?, MTA Annual Conference & Expo, April 2019, April 3, 2019
  • Zoning Law Updates, Legal Institute - MTA Annual Conference & Expo, April 2019, April 1, 2019
  • OMA & FOIA Updates, Legal Institute - MTA Annual Expo, April 2018



University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2014

University of Michigan, B.A., 2011, with distinction, Political Science and Communication Studies

Bar and Court Admissions


U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals