Crain’s Detroit Names Julie Fershtman in 2017 Notable Women Lawyers

Foster Swift shareholder, Julie I. Fershtman, has been named to Crain’s Detroit Business magazine’s inaugural list of the “2017 Notable Women Lawyer in Michigan.” Women selected for the list were nominated by their peers for setting legal precedent, managing high-profile cases, serving on boards, and mentoring others.

Julie has shown an excellent record of representing her clients in business, contract, equine and insurance litigation. Her leadership includes serving as president of the State Bar of Michigan (2011-2012), only the fifth woman in 80 years to be elected to this role, and as co-chair for its 21st Century Practice Task Force (2015-2016). Lastly, her strong commitment to mentoring young attorneys and educating both clients and collegues has captured the admiration of her peers. Previously, Fershtman was named the “2016 Woman of the Year” for the State of Michigan by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

“Members of the firm gravitate toward Julie for her sage advice and wise counsel on both business and personal matters,” said Michael D. Sanders, president of Foster Swift. “She thrives on lifting the performance and enabling the success of all those around her.”

Julie practices out of Foster Swift’s Southfield office. A lawyer for 31 years, she has tried cases before juries in four states and has been a speaker at conferences in 29 states. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013 in the categories of Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law.

Foster Swift Employment Attorney Named an Up and Coming Lawyer for 2017

Foster Swift attorney, Alicia W. Birach, has been named an Up and Coming Lawyer for 2017 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. This award is given annually to 30 legal practitioners who have established a name for themselves in their first 10 years of practicing law by going above and beyond and displaying the ambition, drive and determination that sets them apart from their peers.

A Central Michigan University and Wayne State University Law graduate, Alicia is a member of the Employer Services Practice Group and practices out of Foster Swift’s Southfield office. She has extensive experience representing insurance carriers, third party administrators and employers against workers’ compensation claims. Additionally, she is also experienced in counseling employers on labor and employment issues.

This year’s Up and Coming Lawyers ceremony luncheon will take place at the Detroit Marriott in Troy on December 7th. With Alicia receiving this award marks the third year in a row that a Foster Swift attorney has been named an Up and Coming Lawyer. Current Foster Swift attorneys Alexander Ayar and Jonathan Schwartz each received the same honor in 2016 and 2015 respectively.