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

Liza C. Moore


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Experience & Credentials

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. She is part of litigation teams representing cities, villages, townships, municipal officials, schools, businesses, insurance companies, agribusinesses, farms, and individuals on matters ranging from civil rights claims to land use disputes to employment issues to commercial litigation.

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 has written successful dispositive motions in state and federal courts, and has been actively involved in the writing and filing of multiple briefs with the United States Supreme Court.

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. Liza was elected the section's first chairperson in January 2013. Her term as chair expired in September 2013 and she is currently the section's secretary. Liza is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan FFA Foundation.

Speaking Engagements

Agricultural Law, Baker College of Owosso Agribusiness class, May 28, 2014

Fertilizer Liability Issues, Michigan Agri-Business Association Winter Conference, January 13, 2014

Annual Update of Michigan Law: Immunity and First Amendment Retaliation, HCC Public Risk Claim Service, Inc. Annual Seminar, September 5, 2013

Hot Topics in Agribusiness, NALS of Michigan Annual Meeting, April 20, 2013

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


Litigation Corner: What's a Complaint?, Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update, June 17, 2014

Managing Risk in Michigan's Booming Agritourism Sector, Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update, June 17, 2014

Litigation Corner: Which Court Does What in Federal Courts?, Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update, April 22, 2014

Litigation Corner: Which Court Does What in Michigan State Courts?, Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update, March 14, 2014

March: A Time to Celebrate Michigan Agriculture, Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update, March 14, 2014

Court of Appeals Holds Right to Farm Act Did Not Apply to the Denial of a Permit for a Field Driveway, Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update, December 17, 2013

Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:

· State Bar of Michigan
- Agricultural Law Section
-- Acting Chairperson, July 2012 - January 2013
-- Chairperson, January 2013 - September 2013
-- Secretary, September 2013 - September 2014

· American Bar Association

· Ingham County Bar Association

Industry & Professional Associations:

· Michigan Farm Bureau

· American Agricultural Law Association

· American Inns of Court

Community Involvement:

· Michigan FFA Foundation, Board of Directors

· Ingham County Fair Foundation, Board of Directors

Honors & Recognitions

Michigan Lawyers Weekly's "Up & Coming Lawyers," 2013

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

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


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Five Reasons Why You Need a Good Succession Plan Now
Liza C. Moore, July 25, 2014
Remember the old saying “failing to plan is planning to fail”? Here are five reasons why you need a good succession plan now.

More Time to Comment on Expansive EPA Clean Water Proposed Rules: Deadline Extended
Liza C. Moore, July 25, 2014
In April 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency published a proposed rule defining the “waters of the United States,” meaning the waters regulated by the government through the Clean Water Act (CWA). As has been widely reported in the farm media, many people have serious concerns...

USDA Orders Reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus
Todd W. Hoppe,Liza C. Moore, July 25, 2014
Over 7 million pigs have died from the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) since May 2013. The infected pigs come from farms of all sizes in 30 states and four Canadian Provinces. While the virus doesn’t affect humans or the safety of pork products, it is a matter of great concern to pork...

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Liza C. Moore

313 South Washington Square
LansingMI 48933-2193


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