While our lawyers are skilled at trying cases for clients, we know how much our clients dislike the time, expense and uncertainty of that type of work. At Foster Swift, we pride ourselves on finding creative approaches to exceed our clients' expectations in ways that do not disrupt their lives and businesses.
Clients include individuals to Fortune 500 corporations. All benefit from our:
- Client Support: Foster Swift's No. 1 priority is listening to our client and establishing regular and open communication regarding their matter.
- Breadth of experience and knowledge of the law: With more than 30 attorneys on our litigation team and offices throughout the state, we have extensive experience handling all types of cases as well as familiarity with the courts, judges and lawyers throughout Michigan. Litigation matters do not always end up in the courtroom. Firm attorneys are well versed in taking cases to trial as well as representing our clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings.
- Case evaluation and management: Foster Swift makes efficient use of technology to research law, evaluate cases and manage documents for litigation. These tools along with our attorneys' bank of experience and client's goals assist in the selection of the appropriate strategy for each case.
- Perspective: We look at all sides of the matter - plaintiff, defendant, judge and jury. This 360 degree perspective is facilitated by our lawyers who are former judges, prosecuting attorneys, as well as credentialed arbitrators, mediators and neutrals.
- Resources: Incorporating the specialized knowledge of subject-matter experts is often key to a case. Clients benefit from the extensive professional relationships our litigators have developed with qualified experts throughout the United States and internationally. We often use these experts to evaluate, report, and testify on behalf of our clients.
- Professionalism: Foster Swift’s litigation group is highly regarded by clients, peers and the bench. As one member of the group said, “Integrity is our calling card…as much as our experience, as our abilities and our commitment to the communities we serve. We are known and respected for our integrity to our clients, our adversaries and our system of justice."
Consistent with the above, multiple members of this group are recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, Michigan Super Lawyers and have earned AV® Preeminent™ ratings from Martindale Hubbell.
Our litigation and dispute-resolution clients call on us to represent them in a variety of areas, including:
- Administrative and Agency proceedings — insurance regulatory issues, professional and occupational licensing
- Administrative and Municipal — municipal, zoning and land use litigation, governmental immunity issues, Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act claims
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Appellate Practice
- Asbestos/Toxic Tort Defense
- Business Disputes
- Construction Law
- Criminal Defense
- Employment Litigation — civil rights, disability (ADA), Whistleblower Protection Act etc.
- First Amendment-Media Law
- Family Law and Domestic Relations — divorce, child custody, adoption and related matters
- Food Hospitality Services
- Government Relations
- Health Care
- Medical and professional malpractice
- Personal Injury
- Probate disputes
- Real Estate
- Transportation law
We are committed to achieving the best results for our clients and approach each case creatively, efficiently, economically and with integrity.
Recent Blog Posts
- What’s in a Name? Protecting Your Business’s Name from a Look-Alike
- Review Your Liability Insurance on Insurance Awareness Day
- Common Characteristics of Equine Sale Disputes—And Ways to Avoid Them
- Equine Event Liabilities – Plan Ahead
- Legal Ramifications of Providing Veterinary Advice Online
- Plan Ahead When Lending or Borrowing a Horse Trailer
- Our State Has No Equine Activity Liability Act – Are We Worse Off?
- Equine Health Maintenance Programs at the Boarding Stable – What’s Best?
- What’s the Problem with Verbal Contracts?
- Unique Liability Risks Involving Minors
Publications & Alerts
- Litigation 101 - What Happens in a Lawsuit?, Foster Swift Business & Tax Law News, June 3, 2022
- Implications of the Forthcoming Corporate Transparency Act, Foster Swift Business & Tax Law News, May 10, 2022
- House Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Foster Swift Health Care Law E-blast, February 24, 2022
- Governor Whitmer Announces Name Change to Marijuana Regulatory Agency, Foster Swift Litigation E-blast, February 17, 2022
- Bio-Digesters: A New solution for a New Era, Foster Swift Agricultural Law News, September 17, 2021
- Autonomous Vehicles: Who Should be Liable for Accidents Involving Them?, State Bar of Michigan - The Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law, July 25, 2021
- United States Supreme Court Decisions Applying Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act Preemption to Motor Carriers, Association of Transportation Law Professionals (ATLP), June 28, 2022
- Equine Liability Laws, American Horse Council, June 6, 2022
- Concerns and Obligations for Businesses Under the Corporate Transparency Act, Foster Swift Second Wednesday Morning Break, May 11, 2022
- An Update on Equine Activity Liability Acts, 36th Annual National Conference on Equine Law, May 4, 2022
- Putting Children First in Co-Parenting, Foster Swift 2nd Wednesday Morning Break, March 9, 2022
- Case Studies: Lessons We Can Learn From Three Contentious Equine Mortality Lawsuits, “Agri Con,” IRMI Emmett J. Vaughan Agribusiness Conference, March 8, 2022
- Equine Activity Liability Act/Farm Animal Activity Liability Act Update, “Agri Con,” IRMI Emmett J. Vaughan Agribusiness Conference, March 8, 2022
- Insurance Awareness Day: Foster Swift Highlights Importance of Reviewing Your Coverages, Yahoo! News, June 28, 2022
- Schumacher to Receive MDTC Volunteer Award, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC), April 14, 2022
- Thibodeau Selected to NBL "40 Under 40" List, The National Black Lawyers (NBL), April 12, 2022
- Foster Swift Elects EC Members for 2022, February 21, 2022
- Littleton Elected James E. Hunter Association President, February 15, 2022
- Firm Continues to See Steady Growth Entering 2022, January 11, 2022
- Foster Swift Elects Four Shareholders, January 10, 2022