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Sara L. Cunningham

313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933-2114
T 517.371.8281


Sara started as a commercial litigator in 2002 handling largely complex construction litigation and commercial business matters. Since 2010, Sara has provided a wide range of energy industry legal services, including regulatory matters and title work, contract review, negotiation, transactional work, as well as litigation practice in construction law, labor and employment law, and business and commercial law. 

Staying active in the community, Sara is a member of the Michigan Association of Professional Landmen (MAPL), having served on the Board since 2018, as well as the Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA) and the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL). She is also a frequent volunteer in the East Lansing Schools and sat on the District Parent Council for East Lansing Public Schools for several years.

Sara earned her Juris Doctorate at the Ohio State University College of Law. Prior to that, she earned her bachelor's in Law and Social Science With Honors from Michigan State University. Prior to Foster Swift, Sara previously practiced for over 20 years and was a shareholder and President of another Lansing-based law firm. 

Honors & Recognitions

Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, Energy & Natural Resources, General Litigation, Construction Litigation (2013 – 2016)

Leading Lawyers, (2019-2023)


Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Member
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Member
  • Ingham County Bar Association
    • Member
  • Ingham County Bar Foundation
    • Fellow
  • US District Court, Western District of Michigan
    • Member
  • US District Court, Northern District of Ohio
    • Member
  • US District Court, Southern District of Ohio
    • Member

Community Affiliations

  • District Parent Council, East Lansing Public Schools
    • Member, Appointed in 2019
  • East Lansing Human Relations Commission
    • Chair, 2004-2011
  • East Lansing CDBG Advisory Committee
    • Chair, 2006 – 2009
  • Athena Womens Interest Network (WIN)
    • Member
  • Michigan Association of Professional Landmen (MAPL)
    • Member, Board
  • Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA)
    • Member
  • American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)
    • Member



News & Events

Speaking Engagements



Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., 2002

Michigan State University, B.A. With Honors, 1999

Bar and Court Admissions


Ohio (Inactive)