The needs of local government are diverse. These range from A (as in Air quality) to Z (as in Zoning) and include everything from the simplest ordinances to the most complex bond issues.
The key to successfully tackling these issues is to find the right lawyer and firm that will fit a client's needs. The right lawyer is a strong advocate, a source of good information and has the wisdom that comes with experience.
Each attorney in Foster Swift’s Administrative and Municipal Law Group has years of experience helping regulated and unregulated organizations throughout Michigan and the United States. We handle complex regulated and unregulated matters involving administrative and municipal law such as:
- Municipal Law and Litigation - the particular body of law that applies to townships and other municipalities
- Labor Relations - from bargaining to handling grievance proceedings, litigation and more
- Public Finance - experience with complex infrastructure projects throughout the nation
- Library Law - we have extensive experience in the handling of library matters as General Counsel and on a special project basis
- Environmental Issues - navigating the complexities of state and federal statutes and one of the first firms anywhere to litigate an environmental case.
- General Municipal Counsel - wide-ranging advice to and services for municipalities from drafting ordinances to assisting with election issues
- General Administrative Counsel – wide-ranging advice to and services for regulated and unregulated entities, such as telecommunications and energy and utility entities, including handling matters involving the Federal Communications Commission and the Michigan Public Service Commission
- Municipal Utility Law - providing guidance on such issues as sanitary sewers, and storm sewer and water service authorities
- Prosecution Services - efficient, economical and effective prosecution of ordinance violations including the Uniform Traffic Code and violations of the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code
- Commercial litigation - advise and represent municipalities in range of litigation matters; Foster Swift is approved counsel for the Michigan Participating Plan
- Appeals - drafting and arguing appeals in all state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including occupational licensing, state construction matters and MDEQ matters
Moreover, Foster Swift offers seamless access to various subject matter experts elsewhere in the firm whenever a need arises.
Economies of scale
Clients benefit from our wide range of attorneys, knowledgeable on a variety of issues. Moreover, Foster Swift boasts a database of model language, gleaned from several decades of our attorneys working with our clients. So, we are able to provide efficient counsel at any time and on any case. And while, Foster Swift benefits from the size and experience of our attorneys, our focus remains on the quality and efficiency of our service.
Our attorneys are highly regarded by peers, have a history of success in the field, and serve the needs of clients - resulting in many client relationships that span decades. Clients rely on the members of our group for practical, responsive, and informed results.
The reasons clients turn to Foster Swift vary. Whatever the matter, clients value the firm's experience, track record and our easy-to-work with demeanor.
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Publications & Alerts
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- MDHHS Changes Gathering Limits for Public Meetings, Municipal Law e-blast, April 1, 2021
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- Latest MDHHS Order Increases Stadium Capacity; Relaxes Face Mask Requirements for Fully Vaccinated Persons, Foster Swift Legal Update E-blast, March 19, 2021
- Court of Appeals Holds Nuisance Claims Must Be Brought within Six Years, Foster Swift Municipal Law News, March 8, 2021
- The Pandemic Makes the Case for 5G Expansion, Foster Swift Municipal Law News, March 4, 2021
- Marijuana Petitions Ballot Proposals, Michigan Municipal League (MML), September 24, 2021
- Meeting Myths, Mysteries and Misconceptions, Michigan Townships Association (MTA) Conference, April 21, 2021
- Meeting Virtually: Amendments to the Open Meetings Act, Foster Swift, November 10, 2020
- Employer Guidance for a Lawful and Safe Re-Opening, Foster Swift, May 27, 2020
- Building Michigan’s Infrastructure Through P3s, National Council for Public Private Partnerships (NCPPP), December 3, 2019
- Social Networking and Human Resources Hot Topics, Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association, April 27, 2017
- WEBINAR: Social Media Use by School Employees-From Worst Case Scenarios to Best Practices, April 26, 2017
- Foster Swift to Participate in Mansfield Rule Program Focused on Diversity in Leadership, September 14, 2021
- Foster Swift Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers in America©, August 19, 2021
- Koerner Discusses Dapper Dads on Michigan Business Network, Michigan Business Network, August 19, 2021
- Thibodeau Receives 3 in 10 Award, Grand Rapids Bar Association, August 10, 2021
- Firm Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer, Grand Rapids Business Journal, July 29, 2021
- Attorney Joins 2021 Dapper Dads for Good Cause, July 15, 2021
- Foster Swift Attorneys Offer Advice for Those Interested in Law School, Detroit Legal News, April 29, 2021
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2021 MTA Conference Business Solutions Session Topics
Despite being presented virtually due to the pandemic, Foster Swift's Business Solutions Session at the 2021 Michigan Township Association (MTA) Conference was well-received. The round-table discussion featured attorneys Mike Homier, Anne Seurynck, Laura Genovich, Mike Blum and Leslie Abdoo answering attendee questions about a number of issues affecting townships.
For those that were unable to attend the conference or would simply like to revisit the discussions, below are video clips taken from the session to view or share at your convenience. You may view the session in it's entirety in the first bullet or you may view individual topics in the subsequent sub-bullets:
- 2021 Business Solutions Session