Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC

1700 East Beltline NE
Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-2076
Phone: 616-726-2200
Fax: 616-726-2299
Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC

    Firm Profile

    Founded in 1902, the law firm Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC has a rich history of providing our clients with comprehensive legal service. As a firm with 95-plus attorneys, we practice throughout Michigan and are widely known for our strategic representation in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, business and corporate law, complex trust work, estate planning, probate, insurance defense, municipal law, health care, employee benefits, employment workers' compensation, banking and financial law, and more.

    The strength and diversity of our talent allow us to determine the correct course of action given our clients' unique concerns and position. Working proactively, we pursue the "right-size" solution, whether it means going to court or to the negotiating table. Our firm makes it a priority to move litigation and business transactions forward, so our clients can focus on achieving their next goal.

    We also emphasize teamwork and close collaboration with our clients, knowing this approach often leads to optimum results. Throughout our involvement, our lawyers remain accessible to clients for consultations by phone, email, video or in person. We also maintain communication through complimentary newsletters, e-blasts, seminars and webinars.

    Furthermore, 42 Foster Swift attorneys hold Martindale-Hubbell's AV Preeminent* rating, signifying excellence in both ethics and legal capability. We have 45 attorneys who were listed in Best Lawyers in America** in 2015, and eight who were listed as the Best Lawyers in Michigan in their areas of practice. Twenty-three of our attorneys were also selected to the Michigan Super Lawyers list in 2014 in almost every category of litigation and business-related practice, and eight were selected to the organization's "Rising Stars" list.

    At Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC, we have stayed true to our Midwestern values of integrity, professionalism and service to our community. Civility has been important to us since our founding. While we act assertively on behalf of our clients, we strive to do so with the highest level of professionalism. We are proud of our reputation for results-oriented representation, comprehensive legal service and tradition of legal excellence.

    Benefits of using Foster Swift

    • Affordable. Clients have access to national talent at Midwest rates.

    • Accessibility.  In most circumstances client calls are returned within two business hours (and often less). Additionally, every Foster Swift attorney is backed up by another attorney, giving clients complete coverage 24/7/365.

    • Experienced. Foster Swift is made up of 95-plus attorneys who have been actively involved in the representation of businesses from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, organizations, municipalities and individuals for years.

    • Efficient. Foster Swift attorneys assist many clients with legal issues, naturally expanding their knowledge and experience base. The results are prompt answers with less time billed.

    • Forward thinking. The practice of law is far from static; we are constantly working with our clients to be proactive and, when appropriate, use innovative, yet practical legal strategies to achieve goals and avoid litigation.

    • Communicative and training-minded. The firm regularly publishes newsletters and e-blasts to communicate recent case law, legislation and policy changes impacting organizations. Foster Swift attorneys also provide seminars, training sessions and webinars for clients on timely topics. Newsletters, e-blasts and all educational sessions are provided to clients free of charge. Additional materials may be viewed at our website, Committed to client communication, the Business Law Practice Group publishes a monthly e-newsletter and hosts seven blogs: 








    • Stable. Founded 112 years ago, Foster Swift's reputation is built on ethics, integrity and a commitment to provide comprehensive, results-oriented legal services to every client.

    *AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

    **The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White Inc., Aiken, SC

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    Practice Areas
    • 20%Business/Corporate
    • 20%Civil Litigation Defense
    • 10%Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
    • 10%Business Litigation
    • 10%Government/Cities/Municipalities
    • 10%Health Care
    • 20%Other


    Scholarly Lectures/WritingsHonors/Awards
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. Forty-seven attorneys hold an AV® Preeminent™rating
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly ranks Foster Swift as the 12th largest law firm in Michigan, 2013
  • Theodore Swift Civility AwardBar/Professional Activity
  • Past President, Michigan State Bar Association
  • Office Location for Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC

    1700 East Beltline NE
    Suite 200
    Grand Rapids, MI 49525-2076

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