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Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

About Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

For over a century, Michigan’s leading corporations, individuals and families have relied on Foster Swift Collins & Smith. The firm has earned a reputation for outstanding client service, for a results-minded attitude and for across-the-board legal excellence. We credit this reputation to our adherence to the timeless Midwestern values of integrity, civility, hard work, camaraderie and commitment to our communities.

Clients of all sizes and types, public and private, seek our help. Many establish long-term relationships with the firm that span generations. All find attorneys who are highly regarded for their ability and experience in handling sophisticated transactions and corporate formations, difficult litigation and complex regulatory and municipal issues.

As a 95-plus attorney law firm with a statewide footprint, we provide comprehensive services for businesses, organizations, municipalities, families and individuals throughout Michigan, the nation and beyond, including:

Administrative, Municipal Law and Public Finance
Business & Corporate Law, including Employment Law, Labor Relations, Employee Benefits, Information Technology, and Sports and Entertainment
Commercial Litigation and Trial Practice, including Construction
Finance, Real Estate & Bankruptcy Law
General Litigation, Appellate, Family Law-Divorce and Criminal Law
Health Care
Trusts and Estates
Workers' Compensation

Additional info
Year of establishment 1902 Number of Partners 63
Number of offices 4 Partner:associate ratio 2.30
Biggest office Lansing Percentage of women attorneys 20.00
Number of attorneys 107 Percentage of minority attorneys 2.80
Number of associates 27 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 0.00
Area of practice

Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Adoption Law
  • Agri-Business
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Contracts
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Construction Contracts
  • Corporate Finance Governance & Securities
  • Custody
  • Discrimination - Unlawful Harassment
  • Divorce
  • Elder Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Entity Selection Organization & Planning
  • ESOPs (Employee Stock Ownership Plans)
  • Executive Compensation
  • Family Owned Businesses
  • Federal Taxation
  • Financial Institution Regulation & Compliance
  • Food Hospitality & Liquor Law
  • Foreclosure
  • Insurance Regulatory & Compliance
  • International Taxation
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Michigan Tax
  • Municipal Prosecution
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • State and Federal Audits and Tax Disputes
  • Trade Secret & Non-Compete Contracts
  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Business Law
  • Collections / Creditor - Debtor Rights
  • Condemnation & Eminent Domain
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • E-Health
  • Election & Campaign Finance Law
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Energy Oil & Gas Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Equine Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Financial Institution Law
  • First Amendment - Media Law
  • Fosterfashion
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • General Counsel
  • Governmental Relations
  • Health Care Fraud
  • HIPAA Privacy & Security Compliance
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Regulatory & Compliance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Business & Trade
  • Labor Relations
  • Library Law
  • Licensing - Professional - Business - Government
  • Mass Tort
  • Medical / Professional Malpractice Defense
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Strategic Transactions & Alliances
  • Municipal Law
  • No-Fault Litigation
  • Non-Profit Corporate Law
  • Open Meetings Act
  • Procurement Services
  • Property Tax
  • Public Finance - Bond
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Real Estate Law
  • School Law Services
  • Securities Law
  • Sports Law
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
  • Telecommunications
  • Trade Secret & Non-Compete Contracts
  • Transportation Law
  • Trust & Estate Administration
  • Trust & Estate Litigation
  • Utility Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Zoning & Land Use
  • Administrative & Municipal
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Business & Corporate
  • Employment Labor & Benefits
  • Finance Real Estate & Bankruptcy Law
  • General Litigation
  • Health Care
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Workers' Compensation
Awards and recognitions

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. Forty-two attorneys hold an AV


Differences make life richer and more rewarding. Diversity in our workplace enhances our personal and professional lives and increases our ability to serve our clients.

The firm's Diversity Committee, formed in 1993, reflects our commitment to this issue. It strives to attract and retain more diverse lawyers, creating a firm that better resembles the communities we serve. These are the same values reflected in the American Corporate Counsel Association's Diversity in the Workplace Statement of Principle, a diversity initiative adopted by a growing number of our clients.

Summer associate program

The Summer Associate recruiting process starts each year when Foster Swift visits a number of Midwest law schools and job fairs and accepts resumes from law students around the country.

Our goal in this process is to find those individuals who have the potential for outstanding long-term legal careers with Foster Swift. Many of the current attorneys at Foster Swift began their legal career as a Summer Associate at the firm.

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Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC LOCATIONS


Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC Headquarters

313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI

517-371-8100 phone
517-371-8200 fax
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Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC Office

1700 East Beltline, N.E. ,
Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI

616-726-2200 phone
616-726-2299 fax


Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC Office

32300 Northwestern Highway ,
Suite 230
Farmington Hills, MI

248-539-9900 phone
248-851-7504 fax


Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC Office

333 West Fort Street ,
Suite 1400
Detroit, MI

248-785-4725 phone
248-785-4725 fax


Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC Office

205 S. Front Street ,
Suite 2D
Marquette, MI

906-226-5501 phone
517-367-7331 fax

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