Deanna Swisher


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Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Collections / Creditor - Debtor Rights
University Ball State University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1982
Law SchoolIndiana University School of Law, J.D., 1985
Admitted1985, Michigan; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:

•American Bar Association

•State Bar of Michigan

•Michigan State Bar Foundation, fellow

•Federal Bar Association

Community Involvement:

•Member, Davis Dunnings Bar Association

•Member, Friends of Reutter Park

•Member, Michigan Athletic Club


Locally, Deanna volunteers her time to The Friends of Reutter Park and to Operation Santa, a program that provides Christmas gifts to children of low-income families. She has served as the President of the Board of Trustees of Michigan Montessori Internationale, Inc., and she is a founding member of the Lansing Chapter of Inforum and AthenaWIN.

Born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, Deanna was a summa cum laude graduate of Ball State University, obtaining degrees in Political Science and the Honors College. She received her legal education and juris doctorate from Indiana University in 1985.

Representative Matters

•Successfully defended a multi-million dollar action alleging breach of warranty, brought by a first tier supplier/manufacturer of injection molded automotive parts against a second tier supplier of thermoplastic. In addition to receiving a very favorable result, she protected proprietary client information from disclosure in federal district court by negotiating an agreement to arbitrate.

•Obtained summary judgment for the employer/defendant in a same sex harassment and retaliation case, and successfully argued to affirm this favorable result before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.


45 Foster Swift attorneys named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America roster, August 19, 2014

Forty-five Foster Swift Attorneys included in Best Lawyers, August 15, 2013

47 Foster Swift attorneys named as 2013 Best Lawyers, September 4, 2012

Foster Swift selected as a Top Ranked Law Firm by Martindale-Hubbell, April 16, 2012

Foster Swift's 2011 Best Lawyers, August 17, 2010

Foster Swift Announces 2009 Best Lawyers, August 18, 2009

Foster Swift Announces 2008 Best Lawyers In America, September 18, 2008

Speaking Engagements

Proper Use of Email, Walsh College, March 10, 2011


Financing the Creative, Foster Swift Finance, Real Estate & Bankruptcy News, August 26, 2014

Is Your Independent Contractor Really an Employee?, Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update, January 16, 2014

Mediation: A Viable Alternative to Litigation, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, 2008

Honors & Recognitions

AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell

Best Lawyers in America 2015 (Commercial Litigation)

American Arbitration Association Roster of Neutrals, Commercial Panel


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Financing the Creative
Deanna Swisher, September 1, 2014
It is time to turn around the phrase “creative financing” to consider financing the creative. Lansing Michigan’s newest incubator, The Runway, will open in August. At The Runway, ten fashion designers-in-residence will be learning how to get their creative ideas to market and move...

Is Your Independent Contractor Really an Employee?
Deanna Swisher, January 21, 2014
If you obtain services from an “independent contractor,” you need to be prepared for this question - is that independent contractor really an employee? The probability that you will be accused of misclassifying an employee continues to increase as governmental agencies remain under...

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Deanna Swisher

313 South Washington Square
LansingMI 48933-2193


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