Lansing, MI:

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

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

About our Lansing, MI 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.

Office Details

Contact Information:
517-371-8100  Phone
517-371-8200  Fax
Mailing Address:
313 South Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933-2193
Office Size:
Year Established:
French and Spanish.
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.

Practice & Industry Groups

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Areas of Practice (58)

Specific Areas of Practice for our Lansing office:

  • 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

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  • 80% client recommended 4 recommendations
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Differences make life richer and more rewarding.  Diversity in our workplace enhances our personal and professional lives and increases our ability to serve our clients.

The firm’s Diversity Committee, formed in 1993, reflects our commitment to this issue.  It strives to attract and retain more diverse lawyers, creating a firm that better resembles the communities we serve.  These are the same values reflected in the American Corporate Counsel Association's Diversity in the Workplace Statement of Principle, a diversity initiative adopted by a growing number of our clients.


Pursuing diversity

The origins of our diversity initiatives go back over 50 years.  In 1968, for example, we began a recruiting relationship with Lansing area schools.  We have hired co-op students each year from high schools with sizable minority student bodies, including Sexton, Eastern and Waverly.

As early as 1976, Foster Swift took its first steps to attract and hire minority attorneys.  We did this by partnering with the University of Michigan Law School.  As efforts and opportunities to hire and attract minorities increased, it became clear that the firm needed to devote additional resources to its diversity goals. Under the leadership of former Michigan Supreme Court Justice, Lawrence B. Lindemer, then practicing with Foster Swift and now of counsel with the firm, an ad hoc committee was formed in 1993 to study retention of minorities and women at Foster Swift.

With the encouragement of our Executive Committee, we are continually seeking new ways to accomplish the goals of retaining minorities and women.  All Foster Swift attorneys and staff attend diversity training.  This training has created an open dialogue and has promoted a positive, inclusive working environment. 

In an effort to continue and strengthen our commitment to diversity, Foster Swift has involved itself with the following initiatives:

    • Involvement in the Grand Rapids Bar Association's Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative Agreement.  The Agreement is a commitment between area firms and the Bar Association to "promote and achieve greater diversity and inclusion in the West Michigan legal community through education, hiring, retention, and promotion".
    • Support of the Davis-Dunnings Bar Association (formerly Lansing Black Lawyers' Association) through President and Foster Swift attorney, Janene McIntyre.
    • Sponsorship of the 2010 Diversity Roundtable: Retention of Diverse Attorneys, held at Grand Valley State University.  The five Foster Swift attorneys who attended were energized by this collaborative exploration of the importance of flexibility and diversity in the recruitment and retention of women attorneys and attorneys of color.
    • Corporate involvement in Lansing's newest women's professional organization, Athena WIN.
    • Underwriting the Lansing Black Lawyers' Association 2010 Annual Otis M. Smith Scholarship.  At this event, we were pleased to salute our Health Care extern from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Darlene Jolibois, upon her receipt of the Stuart Dunnings, Jr., Scholarship.  At the 2011 Annual Otis M. Smith Scholarship Dinner, Janene McIntyre received the Rising Star Young Professional Award.



Foster Swift's policies have changed throughout its history to reflect the changing work environment and progressive gender and racial politics.  In 1983, Foster Swift made reduced hours arrangements available to accommodate the work-life balance for several women attorneys.  These efforts to accommodate work-life balance have led to the success of many women attorneys who became shareholders in the firm after (or while in the midst of) a reduced hours arrangement.

Yet our firm is still evolving.  We continue to seek out a diverse workforce and are committed to strengthening our representation of gay, lesbian, and trans-gender (LGBT) attorneys.  In addition, we remain focused on attracting attorneys of color in light of the declining numbers of male students of color entering law school.  At Foster Swift we believe that a diverse and comprehensive staff enables us to better serve our communities.  

We are updating our diversity training and other efforts to meet our existing diversity goals and we will continue to set new goals as the needs of our firm and our communities change.


An Invitation

We have learned that we cannot achieve diversity without outside perspective.  So, we welcome your comments and feedback. 


Bar Register Practice Areas

Bar Register Practice Areas

Banking Law
Civil Trial Practice
Employment Benefits Law
Environmental Law
General Practice
Health Care Law
Immigration and Naturalization
Insurance Defense
International Business Law
Labor and Employment Law
Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Unfair Competition
Personal Injury
Real Estate Law
Transportation Law
Trusts and Estates, Wills and Probate


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    Lansing, MI 48933-2193

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