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.
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
· 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
· 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