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.
•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
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