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.
- Foster Swift attorney Alexander Rusek successfully obtained the dismissal of felony and misdemeanor charges against his client arising from a late-night car accident in which 13 people were injured.
- Foster Swift attorney Alexander S. Rusek represented a corporate client and its employee in a criminal prosecution and secured the dismissal of two misdemeanor charges. Rusek successfully negotiated a dismissal of the criminal charges resulting in a de minimis fine for the client.
- Represented national corporation charged criminally for violating building codes and ordinances. Attorneys Alexander S. Rusek and Toi Thomas successfully negotiated a dismissal of the criminal charges resulting in a de minimis fine for the client.
- Represented car dealership in a federal lawsuit and associated arbitration matter wherein the Plaintiff claimed numerous violations of consumer protection laws and other causes of action. Case was successfully settled within one week of the client retaining Foster Swift, which included a resolution of the arbitration matter and dismissal of the federal lawsuit without any admissions of guilt or liability.
- On March 20, 2023, our client, a former government official involved in the events commonly known as the Flint Water Crisis, had nearly 600 individual and proposed class action cases against him in the Genesee County Circuit Court dismissed with prejudice as part of a $626,000,000.00 global settlement agreement. Previously, our client had numerous mass action and class action cases against him in federal court dismissed with prejudice.
Recent Blog Posts
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Publications & Alerts
- Michigan Appeals Court Rules Invalid New Environmental Regulations, Foster Swift Agricultural Law News, September 5, 2023
- Michigan Supreme Court Announces Seismic Shift in Premises Liability Cases, Insurance Regulatory News E-blast, August 2, 2023
- Cannabis Law Update, Ingham County Bar Association BRIEFS, July 19, 2023
- Michigan’s Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Law, Business & Tax Law News, June 7, 2023
- NIL Timeline: The Events That Transformed College Sports, April 21, 2023
- Using Low-Cost DIY Legal Services: Risks Far Outweigh Benefits, Foster Swift Business & Tax Law News, January 24, 2023
- Combatting Incivility with Civility, Oakland County Bar Association, November 9, 2023
- Unintended Consequences Your College Student May Face, Foster Swift Second Wednesday Lunch Break, October 11, 2023
- 2019 No-Fault Reforms in Focus - Q & A, Insurance Alliance of Michigan (IAM) Claims Seminar
- Catchup to ChatGPT: An Introduction to and Overview of Artificial Intelligence in 2023, Insurance Alliance of Michigan (AIM) Claims Seminar, September 18, 2023
- ChatGPT: Your New Artificially Intelligent Associate?, Detroit Bar Association, June 21, 2023
- An Overview of Michigan's Felony Sentencing Guidelines, Foster Swift Second Wednesday Lunch Break, May 10, 2023
- Advising Equine Clients on Risk Management, 37th Annual National Conference on Equine Law, May 4, 2023
- Four Lansing Attorneys Named Best Lawyers® 2024 "Lawyer of the Year", Best Lawyers in America, August 17, 2023
- 17 Attorneys Selected to 2023 Michigan Super Lawyers and “Rising Stars”, Michigan Super Lawyers, August 11, 2023
- Schumacher Listed as New “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers 2023, Michigan Super Lawyers, August 11, 2023
- Dupler Honored as an "Influential Woman of Law", Michigan Lawyers Weekly, July 31, 2023
- Foster Swift Continues Growth with Two Associate Hires, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, June 20, 2023
- Patent Attorney Murshak Joins Foster Swift, Ingham County Legal News, June 2, 2023
- Rusek and Thomas Win Dismissal of Criminal Charges in Flint Water Crisis Prosecutions, Mlive, May 22, 2023