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Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. 
Lansing, Michigan Office
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313 South Washington Square
Lansing, Michigan  48933-2193

(Eaton & Ingham Cos.)

Telephone: 517-371-8100
Fax: 517-371-8200

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Banking LawCivil Trial Practice
Employment Benefits LawEnvironmental Law
General PracticeHealth Care Law
Immigration and NaturalizationInsurance Defense
International Business LawLabor and Employment Law
Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Unfair CompetitionPersonal Injury
Real Estate LawTransportation Law
Trusts and Estates, Wills and Probate
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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 staff are encouraged to attend outside continuing education programs as well.


Specific Practice & Industry Groups Details:
Administrative & MunicipalAdministrative Law
Alternative Dispute ResolutionAppellate Practice
Bankruptcy & RestructuringBusiness & Commercial Litigation
Business & CorporateCollections / Debtor - Creditor Rights
Construction LawCorporate Finance, Governance & Securities
Criminal LawCustody
Discrimination - Unlawful HarassmentDivorce
ESOPs (Employee Stock Ownership Plans)Employee Benefits
Employment LawEmployment Litigation
Employment, Labor & BenefitsEnergy, Oil & Gas Law
Entertainment LawEnvironmental Law
Estate PlanningExecutive Compensation
Family LawFamily Owned Businesses
Federal TaxationFinance, Real Estate & Bankruptcy Law
Financial Institution LawFinancial Institution Regulation & Compliance
First Amendment - Media LawFood, Hospitality & Liquor Law
General CounselGeneral Litigation
Health CareInsurance Coverage
Insurance DefenseInsurance Regulatory & Compliance
Intellectual PropertyInternational Business & Trade
International TaxationLabor Relations
Landlord-TenantLicensing - Professional - Business - Government
Mass TortMergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Transactions & Alliances
Michigan TaxMunicipal Law
Municipal ProsecutionNo-Fault Litigation
Non-Profit Corporate LawProperty Tax
Public Finance - BondPublic-Private Partnerships
Real Estate DevelopmentReal Estate Law
Real Estate LitigationSecurities Law
State and Federal Audits and Tax DisputesTax Exempt Organizations
Tax LawTechnology Law
TelecommunicationsTrust & Estate Administration
Trust & Estate LitigationTrusts & Estates
White Collar CrimeWorkers' Compensation
Zoning & Land Use

Statement of Practice Summary:
Administrative Law; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Antitrust and Trade Regulation; Appellate Practice; Asset Protection; Asset Recovery; Bankruptcy; Business Law; Child Abuse and Neglect; Class Actions; Collaborative Family Law; Collections; Commercial Law; Commercial Real Estate; Construction Law; Contracts; Copyrights; Corporate Law; Criminal Law; Election, Campaign and Political Law; Employee Benefits; Environmental Law; Family Law; General Practice; Government Contracts; Health Care; Insurance; Insurance Defense; Intellectual Property; International Law; Labor and Employment; Litigation; Media Law; Medical Malpractice; Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures; Municipal Law; Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations; Patents; Premises Liability; Personal Injury; Products Liability; Professional Liability; Property Law; Public Finance; Real Estate; Regulatory Law; Sports Law; Taxation; Torts; Trademarks; Trade Secrets; Transportation; Trusts and Estates; Utility Law; Workers Compensation; Zoning, Planning and Land Use; Wills; White Collar Crime.

Documents by Lawyers at this office
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Court of Appeals Wrestles Again with an Equitable Subrogation Claim in a Dispute Between Two Mortgage Lenders
Steven L. Owen, March 16, 2017
In a case involving a complex set of facts, the Michigan Court of Appeals (the “Court”) recently published an opinion concerning a priority dispute between mortgage lenders involving the doctrine of equitable subrogation (Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Trustee v. SBC IV REO, LLC and Capitol...

Dower Rights are Abolished in Michigan
Scott A. Chernich, March 16, 2017
On December 28, 2016, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Public Act 378 of 2016 (the “Act”), which abolishes all statutory or common law rights of dower in Michigan, except in the case of a widow whose husband dies before the Act’s effective date.

Farm Data FAQs
Michael C. Zahrt, March 16, 2017
Last year, the American Farm Bureau Federation conducted a survey of farmers with respect to Farm Data. The results of the survey revealed that many farmers are still uncertain about how their Farm Data is used and whether their data is protected. Fifty-five percent of farmers surveyed did not know...

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.

Languages: French and Spanish.

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