Duly Noted


Foster Swift elects shareholders

Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C. attorneys Leslie A. Dickinson, Julie L. Hamlet, and Michael C. Zahrt have been elected as shareholders.  The three, who work in the Grand Rapids office, were 2013 summer associates before rejoining the firm as attorneys in 2014.

A member of the municipal and general litigation practice groups, Dickinson advises public entity clients including cities, townships, counties, villages, libraries and local health departments on compliance with applicable state and federal laws. She also handles a wide range of commercial litigation matters where she has represented businesses, health care entities, property owners and insurance companies.

Hamlet is a member of the  health care and employee benefits practice groups, and advises healthcare providers on a wide range of regulatory issues, including compliance with the Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, HIPAA, and Medicare and Medicaid regulations. She assists businesses with the design and implementation of qualified retirement and welfare benefit plans to ensure compliance with ERISA and relevant IRS requirements.

Zahrt is a member of the business & tax and trusts & estates practice groups and specializes in business succession planning, federal tax law, mergers and acquisitions, and estate planning. Many clients are closely held family businesses and agri-businesses.


Michigan JTC holds biannual election of officers

The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission held its biannual election of officers on Jan. 11. Officers serve for a two-year term.

Hon. Karen Fort Hood, who sits on the Michigan Court of Appeals, was elected chairperson.  An alumna of Detroit College of Law, she is past president of the Association of Black Judges of Michigan and is a member of the Wolverine Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and the Michigan Judges Association; and a lifetime member of the Detroit NAACP.

Hon. Jon Hulsing, who sits on the Ottawa County Circuit Court, was elected vice-chairperson. A summa cum laude graduate of Cooley Law School,  he is a member of the Criminal Law and Family Law Sections of the State Bar of Michigan.

James Burdick, Esq., who specializes in complex criminal litigation and health care licensing, discipline and reinstatement, was elected secretary.


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