It is a Foster Swift tradition to celebrate Lindemer’s birthday with him. (l-r): Brian Goodenough, Chuck Barbieri, Scott Mandel, Tony Smith, Jean Schtokal, Mike Sanders, Scott Storey and Charley Janssen; and sitting with Lindemer is Peggy Sullivan.

Photo courtesy of Foster Swift

Michigan Supreme Court Justice and Foster Swift attorney Lawrence B. Lindemer celebrated his 98th birthday on August 21.

Lindemer served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, prior to earning his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1949. In 1968, he was appointed to the U-M Board of Regents, then won election, and served when Robben Fleming was U-M president. He is also former president of the U-M Alumni Association, and a past trustee and current member of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation.

He served as assistant prosecuting attorney for Ingham County in 1949 and 1950, and in 1950 successfully ran for the Michigan State House of Representatives, serving from 1951 until 1952; and was part of Foster Swift when it was Foster, Campbell, Lindemer & McGurrin in the late 60s.

On June 2, 1975, he was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court by Governor Bill Milliken to serve the final year of a vacancy caused by the death of Justice Thomas M. Kavanaugh. After his appointment, Lindemer spent the next 10 years as general counsel and senior vice president of Consumers Power Co. out of Jackson, and re-joined Foster Swift in 1986 as general counsel.  

Lindemer enjoyed a distinguished political and legal career, from chairman of the Michigan Republican Party to being a candidate for Michigan Attorney General.

Lindemer and wife Becky made their home in Stockbridge, where they raised their sons, Lawrence Boyd Jr., and David. Lindemer currently lives in Chelsea.