Moore receives Golden Gavel Award


Liza Moore, a shareholder of Foster Swift Collins and Smith, P.C., in Lansing, has been selected as the 2015 Golden Gavel Award recipient by the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel.

The Golden Gavel Award is an annual award given to an outstanding defense attorney in Michigan who has been practicing for 10 years or less. This award is carefully chosen by peer defense attorneys throughout the state of Michigan.

A member of Foster Swift's Litigation Practice Group, Moore has worked on matters ranging from civil rights cases to land use disputes to employment issues. Her civil litigation practice involves team representation of cities, villages, townships, schools, businesses, insurance companies, agribusinesses, farms, and individuals in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level. She 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.

In 2012 she worked with other attorneys to create the Agricultural Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and was elected the section's first chairperson in 2013.

The 2015 president of the Board of Directors of the Michigan FFA Foundation, her involvement in agriculture is life-long. She grew up working on her parents' farm in Indiana, and served as an Indiana FFA State Officer full-time for a year before going to college.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, with honors and receiving special honors in her Environmental Studies major; and graduated cum laude from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington. During law school, she served as a managing editor of 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.

Moore first came to Foster Swift as a summer associate in 2007 and rejoined the firm in 2008 after graduating from law school.

Published: Mon, Jun 01, 2015