Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.

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Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. 
Grand Rapids, Michigan Office
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1700 East Beltline, N.E., Suite 200
Grand Rapids, Michigan  49525-4512

(Kent Co.)

Telephone: 616-726-2200
Fax: 616-726-2299

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Office Hours:
Monday: 08:30 AM-05:00 PM
Tuesday: 08:30 AM-05:00 PM
Wednesday: 08:30 AM-05:00 PM
Thursday: 08:30 AM-05:00 PM
Friday: 08:30 AM-05:00 PM

About this office:

Since Walter S. Foster founded the firm in 1902, our practice has expanded steadily to meet the changing needs of our clients. Our reputation is one of providing sound legal counsel and the highest level of advocacy. With offices in Lansing and Oakland County, we are proud of our commitment to our clients and to the highest standards of practice that have sustained us for 100 years. The Firm's lawyers participate in civic and professional organizations and local pro bono efforts. Continuing legal education is provided regularly in-house to all employees, Lawyers and staffs are encouraged to attend outside continuing education programs as well.


Specific Practice & Industry Groups Details:
Administrative & MunicipalAdministrative Law
Adoption LawAppellate Practice
Arbitration & MediationBankruptcy & Restructuring
Business & Commercial LitigationBusiness & Corporate
Collections / Debtor - Creditor RightsConstruction Contracts
Construction LawCorporate Finance, Governance & Securities
Criminal LawCustody
Discrimination - Unlawful HarassmentDivorce
E-HealthESOPs (Employee Stock Ownership Plans)
Election & Campaign Finance LawEmployee Benefits
Employment LawEmployment Litigation
Employment, Labor & BenefitsEnvironmental Law
Estate PlanningFamily Law
Family Owned BusinessesFederal Taxation
Finance, Real Estate & Bankruptcy LawFinancial Institution Law
Food, Hospitality & Liquor LawFreedom of Information Act
General CounselGeneral Litigation
HIPAA Privacy & Security ComplianceHealth Care
Insurance CoverageInsurance Defense
Insurance Regulatory & ComplianceInternational Taxation
Library LawMergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Transactions & Alliances
Michigan TaxMunicipal Law
Municipal ProsecutionNo-Fault Litigation
Non-Profit Corporate LawOpen Meetings Act
Public Finance - BondReal Estate Development
Real Estate LawReal Estate Litigation
Securities LawState and Federal Audits and Tax Disputes
Tax Exempt OrganizationsTax Law
Trade Secret & Non-Compete ContractsTransportation Law
Trust & Estate AdministrationTrusts & Estates
Zoning & Land Use

Statement of Practice Summary:
General Trial; Appellate Practice; Federal Practice; Administrative Law; Banking Law; Insurance; Corporate Law; Real Estate; Municipal Bonds; Labor And Employment; Tax Law; Estate Planning; Probate; Esops; Employee Benefits; Environmental Law; Election Law; Oil And Gas Law; Immigration Law; Motor Carrier Law; Transportation; Licensing; Public Utility Law; Securities; Litigation; Products Liability; Professional Malpractice; Health Law; Hospital Law; International Law; Intellectual Property; Insurance Insolvency; Workers' Compensation; Aviation Law; Construction Law; Agricultural Law.

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Firing a Sales Representative? Make Sure to Read Your Commission Agreement First
Andrew C. Vredenburg,Michael C. Zahrt, April 18, 2016
If you engage the services of a sales representative, it is important to have a comprehensive commission agreement. These agreements often focus on issues that arise while the sales representative is working for the principal, such as when a commission is earned, how quickly commissions are paid,...

Federal Court Temporarily Bans State From Enforcing New Election Law That "Gags" Local Governments and Schools
Laura J. Genovich, February 17, 2016
As we recently reported, Governor Snyder signed a bill into law on January 6, 2016, that prohibits public entities from using mass communication to distribute information about local ballot proposals during the 60 days before an election. The new law has created confusion and concern for...

Behind Closed Doors: What Can A Public Body Discuss In Closed Session?
Anne M. Seurynck, February 10, 2016
Generally, meetings of public bodies must be open to the public pursuant to the Open Meetings Act (“OMA”), MCL 15.261 et seq. However, the OMA allows public bodies to go into closed session to discuss certain specific issues set forth in Section 8 of the OMA. The following is an...

Year Established: 1902

GENERAL COUNSEL FOR: Sparrow Health System; Michigan Milk Producers Assn.; Spartan Motors; Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority; Southern Clinton County Municipal Utilities Authority; City of Fenton; Michigan Fisheries Resource Conservation Coalition.

LOCAL COUNSEL: Shell Western E & P Inc.; Shell Pipeline Co.; Heat Controller, Inc.; Detroit Edison; Michigan Consolidated Gas; Michigan Mutual Insurance Co.; General Motors Corp.; Physician Insurance Company of Michigan; Michigan Physicians Mutual Insurance Co.; Gallagher Bassett; Sinai Hospital of Detroit; Farmers Insurance Exchange; Lansing School District; CenturyTel; Michigan Exchange Carriers; MSU Federal Credit Union; Century Telephone Enterprises, Inc.; Telephone Association of Michigan; Dart Container Corp.; Central Transport International, Inc.; Midwest Claims; Henry Ford Hospital; Cherry Central Cooperative, Inc.; Michigan Farm Bureau; Fifth Third Bank; County of Clinton; Secura Insurance; Jackson National; OJ Transport; Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance; Auto Club Insurance; Lutheran Homes of Michigan; Lansing Board of Water & Light; Hurley Medical Center; Detroit International Bridge Company; Michigan Trucking Association; Michigan Movers and Warehousemen's Association.

Representative Clients:
Admiral Insurance; Auto Owners Insurance Co.; Employers Mutual Insurance Co.; Fremont Mutual Insurance Co.; Gordon Food Service; Hastings Mutual Insurance Co.; Phoenix Aviation; St. Paul Companies, Inc.; State Farm Insurance Co.; United States Aviation Underwriters; British Aerospace Public Limited Co.; Pioneer State Mutual Insurance Co.; State Farm Insurance; Fremont Mutual Insurance; Vergennes Township; Village of Saranac; den Dulk Dairy, L.L.C.; EMC Insurance Companies; ITT Hartford Insurance Group; Intermatic, Inc.; Cesna Aircraft Co.

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