Liza C. Moore: Lawyer with Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.

Liza C. Moore


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Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • General Litigation
  • Environmental Law
  • Agri-Business
Law SchoolThe University of Chicago, B.A., Environmental Studies, Law, Letters & Society, 2005 General Honors in the College, Special Honors in Environmental Studies; Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington, J.D., cum laude, 2008 Managing Editor - Indiana Law Journal
Admitted2008, Michigan; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan; U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. Supreme Court

Liza first came to Foster Swift as a summer associate in 2007 and rejoined the firm in 2008. A member of the General Litigation Practice Group, Liza focuses primarily on insurance defense, commercial litigation, environmental law, agricultural law and appellate matters.

Known for her superb research and writing capabilities, Liza is frequently called upon to assist other attorneys in the firm with litigation in Michigan trial courts, the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court, and other federal trial and appellate courts.

Liza is a graduate of The University of Chicago, where she earned her bachelor's degree with honors and earned special honors in her Environmental Studies major. Liza obtained her J.D. cum laude from Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington. She was awarded Dean's Honors and received the highest grade in Environmental Issues in Business Transactions and Civil Rights Statutes.

The practical experience Liza acquired prior to becoming a lawyer complements her legal insight. During law school, she served as a managing editor for the Indiana Law Journal and worked at Indiana Legal Services, Inc. She also interned at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's Office of Legal Counsel. When it comes to providing counsel to clients on agricultural matters, Liza understands first hand. Liza grew up working on her parents' farm in Indiana, and served the Indiana FFA Organization as its state Northern Region Vice President.

In summer 2012, Liza worked with other agricultural law attorneys to create the new Agricultural Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She is currently the chairperson of the new section. Liza is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan FFA Foundation.

Speaking Engagements

Annual Update of Michigan Law: Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and First Amendment Retaliation, HCC Public Risk Claim, Inc. Annual Seminar, September 13, 2012


First Meeting of State Bar Ag Section Focuses on Future of Industry, October 2013 Agricultural Law Update, October 7, 2013

Governor Snyder Signs Forestland Management Legislation, October 2013 Agricultural Law Update, October 7, 2013

Governor Snyder Signs Legislation for Continued State Control of Wetlands, Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update, August 2013

Immigration Update, Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update, May 2013

New state bar agricultural law section kicks off to big success, attorney participation, Grand Rapids Legal News, April 3, 2013

Construction Anti-Indemnity Statute Expanded, Foster Swift Construction Law News, March 12, 2013

Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:

· State Bar of Michigan
- Agricultural Law Section, Chairperson

· American Bar Association

· Ingham County Bar Association

Industry & Professional Associations:

· Michigan Farm Bureau

· American Agricultural Law Association

· American Inns of Court

Community Involvement:

· Junior League of Lansing

· Michigan FFA Foundation, Board of Directors

· Ingham County Fair Foundation, Board of Directors

Honors & Recognitions

"Top 5 Under 35" Award, Ingham County Bar Association, 2013

Michigan Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2012, 2013


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Litigation Corner: Which Court Does What in Michigan State Courts?
Liza C. Moore, March 31, 2014
You might hear people say they are “going to court.” What some people might not realize is that there are many courts, each with different rules, powers, and procedures. This article will give a general overview of some of the different courts in Michigan and what they have the power to...

Court of Appeals Holds Right to Farm Act Did Not Apply to the Denial of a Permit for a Field Driveway
Liza C. Moore, December 20, 2013
The Michigan Court of Appeals recently held that a road commission’s denial of a farm’s permit application for a field driveway did not implicate the Right to Farm Act (RTFA), MCL 286.471 et seq.

Court of Appeals Holds Person Relying on Right to Farm Act as a Defense to a Nuisance Lawsuit Has the Burden of Proof
Liza C. Moore, November 29, 2013
The Michigan Court of Appeals recently issued a for-publication decision (meaning that the decision will be binding precedent for other courts) holding that a person relying on the Right to Farm Act (RTFA) as a defense in a nuisance action has the burden to prove the challenged conduct is protected...

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Liza C. Moore

313 South Washington Square
LansingMI 48933-2193


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