Duly Noted

Foster Swift elects seven new shareholders

The law firm of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce Alicia Birach, Lauren Dunn, Adam Fadly, Anna Gibson, Barbra Homier, Nicholas Oertel and Patricia Scott as the newly elected shareholders of the firm, one of them from the Grand Rapids office, Barbara Homier.

Homier practices exclusively in family law. A graduate of Michigan State University College of Law, Homier is also affiliated with the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and International Acad-emy of Collaborative Professionals. She also earned the AV® Preemi-nent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

The others are:

Alicia Birach, of the Southfield office, is a member of the Workers’ Compensation practice group. Birach received her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School, where she won the Arthur Neef Competition argued before the Michigan Supreme Court. Birach was a Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2016.

Lauren Dunn provides employee benefits counsel for public and private employers out of the Lansing office. Dunn graduated from Wayne State University Law School. She also advises and drafts various healthcare reform plans, including medical reimbursement and nondiscrimination testing and serves on Impression 5 Science Center Board of Directors.

Adam Fadly, of the Southfield office, is a member of the litigation practice group and focuses on first and third party no-fault matters. At the Michigan State University College of Law, Fadly led the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Board and was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law. Fadly was also named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star.”

Anna Gibson is a member of the Trusts and Estates practice group in Foster Swift’s Lansing office. She graduated first in her class at Ave Maria Law School. Gibson is on the Board of Directors for Elder Law of Michigan and other organizations. She has been named a Best Lawyer in America since 2013.

Nicholas Oertel practices business and securities law in the Lansing office and leads the firm’s Startup Entrepreneurial Emerging Development (S.E.E.D) Group. A graduate of MSU College of Law, he serves on the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan Board of Directors and was listed in the Ingham County Bar Association's 2016 “Top 5 Under 35.”

Patricia Scott is based in Lansing and concentrates her practice in bankruptcy, finance, collections, and real estate. The Thomas M. Cooley Law School graduate is listed as a Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” 2016, and is on the Board of Directors for Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center and Junior League of Lansing. 

Foster Swift has offices Lansing, Detroit, Southfield, Grand Rapids, Holland and St. Joseph.