Duly Noted

Foster Swift elects executive committee members 2019

The law firm of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, has elected officers to serve on its executive committee for 2019. They are:

Michael D. Sanders, re-elected as the firm’s president and as such, will head the Executive Committee. He devotes his law practice to the defense of employers, third party administrators and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation matters.
Julie I. Fershtman, vice president of S.E. Michigan offices. She focuses her practice in business litigation, insurance coverage, insurance defense; considered one of the nation's leading practitioners in equine law.

Todd W. Hoppe, the firm’s treasurer. He practices from the firm's Grand Rapids office, helping clients with business organization and planning, transactions, succession planning and estate planning.

Douglas A. Mielock, who will continue to serve as the firm’s secretary. He is a member of the Trusts and Estates practice group and focuses his practice primarily in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate litigation, estate administration and marital agreements.

Anne M. Seurynck, re-elected as the vice president of the firm’s West Michigan offices. Among her practice areas are municipal and public entity, library law, school law services and municipal litigation.

Brent A. Titus, who will continue to serve as vice president of the Lansing office. Titus focuses primarily on real estate with an emphasis on commercial real estate transactions, landlord-tenant, real estate finance and environmental law.


Benchmark Litigation names Bodman Michigan Law Firm of the Year 2019

The internationally-recognized client- and peer-review journal Benchmark Litigation has named Bodman PLC its 2019 Michigan Litigation Law Firm of the Year.

Bodman has earned the Law Firm of the Year designation for an unprecedented six consecutive years.

The selection was announced at a national award ceremony held at the Essex House in New York.  State winners are chosen based on an analysis of cases handled during the prior year, including potential precedents set or matters with notably high dollar amounts at stake.

“This award is well-deserved recognition for our Litigation Group, which had another great year in 2018,” said Bodman Chairman Larry R. Shulman. “To maintain this level of success for six straight years is a testament to the high level of skill and effort our entire team brings to each matter.”

Benchmark is the only attorney rating publication that focuses exclusively on litigation law firms in the United States.  Its rankings are the result of months of research including interviews with leading litigation attorneys and their clients.  In addition, in the 2019 edition of Benchmark, seven Bodman attorneys are listed as “State Litigation Stars” or “Future Stars.”