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Mallory E. Reader

1700 East Beltline, N.E.
Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-7044
T 616.726.2250


Mallory Reader is an associate with Foster Swift's Municipal Practice Group in the firm’s Grand Rapids office. In addition to helping local units of government with their legal issues, she also practices in the areas of administrative law, licensing and election & campaign finance law.

Growing up Hartland, Michigan, Mallory knew she wanted to be a lawyer since high school “I first became interested in law during my high school government class's unit on the judicial branch. My teacher taught us about Supreme Court cases impacting the rights of students, and I was instantly hooked.”

Before entering private practice, Mallory worked for a prominent Washington DC think-tank where she authored amicus briefs on the topics of individual rights and administrative agency power.

Mallory graduated in 2020 from the University of Notre Dame Law School. While earning her Juris Doctor degree, she was President of the Schools's Public Interest Law Forum and was an articles editor for the Journal of Legislation Vol. 46. Prior to that, Mallory earned her B.A. in Political Science, cum laude from Hope College in Holland Michigan.


Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM)
    • Member, WLAM Journal Editorial Board
  • Federalist Society

Community Involvement

  • Girls on the Run West Michigan
    • Board Member
  • West Michigan Mountain Bike Alliance


Recent Blog Posts

Michigan Election Law Blog


News & Events

Speaking Engagements



Legal Strategies for Women Leaders

What Can My Business Contribute to a Campaign?
What Can My Business Contribute to a Campaign?


University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2020

Hope College, B.A., 2017, cum laude, Political Science and Communication

Bar and Court Admissions


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