Foster Swift Listed in “Best Law Firms” 2022

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — The law firm of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC is included in the 2022 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list. The firm is rated a Tier 1 law firm in 23 practice areas with the Lansing office receiving 16 Tier 1 ranked practice areas, with six more for their Grand Rapids office and one more for their Southeast Michigan offices.

Overall, Foster Swift is regionally ranked in 45 practice areas. Visit for the full list of practice area rankings.

To be considered for inclusion on the list, law firms must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area and metro. Foster Swift had 37 lawyers included in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers.

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process. The process includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review and review of additional information provided by law firms regarding demographic and background information on the firm and its attorneys.

Seven Southfield Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers®

Southfield, Mich. — Seven attorneys from Foster Swift’s Southfield office were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020. Firm-wide, 42 attorneys were included. Each year’s new edition is launched for the following calendar year.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. For more information, visit

Listed attorneys and their areas of practice are as follows:

Dirk H. Beckwith: Construction Law

Michael R. Blum: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management

Julie I. Fershtman: Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law

Gilbert H. Frimet: Health Care Law

Paul J. Millenbach: Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants

Brian J. Renaud: Administrative/Regulatory Law

Bruce A. Vande Vusse: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Firm Elects Executive Committee Members for 2019

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. –The law firm of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC has elected officers to serve on its executive committee for 2019. The officers are: Michael D. Sanders, Julie I. Fershtman, Todd W. Hoppe, Douglas A. Mielock, Anne M. Seurynck and Brent A. Titus.

Sanders has been 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.

Fershtman is the vice president of the firm’s Southeast Michigan offices. She focuses her practice in business litigation, insurance coverage, insurance defense and is considered one of the nation’s leading practitioners in equine law.

Hoppe will serve as 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.

Mielock 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.

Seurynck has been re-elected to serve 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.

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

Foster Swift Elects New Shareholders

Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C. attorneys Matthew S. Fedor, Clifford L. Hammond, Ryan E. Lamb and John W. Mashni have been elected as shareholders of the firm.

Fedor practices in in the areas of business law, estate planning, probate, trust and estate administration and elder law matters; writing content for the firm’s elder law blog at He provides legal counsel to small business owners on general corporate matters and business succession planning, and assists families with elder law matters including estate planning. Fedor practices in the firm’s Southfield office.

Hammond focuses on employment and labor law counsel and litigation in both the Lansing and Southfield offices. He has extensive experience in collective bargaining, employment litigation, and dispute resolution among other labor and employment matters and regularly conducts seminars to national and local business groups.

Lamb primarily practices business and tax law, immigration, estate planning, and real estate law from the firm’s Holland and Grand Rapids offices. With a background in finance, he has extensive experience counseling businesses of all sizes and stages of growth. Lamb also serves as the leader of Foster Swift’s Immigration Practice Group.

Mashni practices in the areas of business, tax, and intellectual property, and has a strong focus in the areas of nonprofits, cybersecurity, technology, and entertainment. As a former entrepreneur, business owner, and manager, John has a deep understanding of the decisions that entrepreneurs and business owners face. His legal skill, paired with his understanding of entrepreneurship, provides him with invaluable insight to assist clients.

Southfield Office Welcomes Municipal Attorney

Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC welcomes attorney Sarah J. Gabis to its Southfield office. Sarah will practice as a member of the administrative and municipal practice group. She joins Foster Swift from her private practice in Troy, Michigan.

Sarah assists municipalities in addressing a wide array of issues that they regularly face including zoning and land use enforcement, Freedom of Information Act (FOA) and Open Meeting Act (OMA) matters, intergovernmental agreements and sewer and water contractual issues and related litigation.

Sarah received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Michigan State University. A graduate of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Sarah completed her juris doctorate cum laude in 2004.

Three Foster Swift Attorneys Named to dbusiness 2019 Top Lawyers

Foster Swift attorneys Michael R. Blum, Lisa J. Hamameh and Frank T. Mamat have been named to the 2019 Top Lawyers list by dbusiness magazine. The dbusiness Top Lawyers list is a peer review survey that polls 19,000 attorneys throughout five counties in the metro Detroit area, among 50 legal specialties. All three attorneys practice from the firm’s Southfield office.

Blum is listed in the area of Labor and Employment Law and practices in the areas of labor law, employment law for both private and public employers, employment litigation and alternative dispute resolutions.

Hamameh is listed as a Top Lawyer in two categories: Land Use and Zoning law and Municipal Law. She complements her practice in the related areas of municipal law, representing cities, townships and villages; liquor licensing law; as well as condominium and homeowners’ association law.

Mamat is also listed in the area of Labor and Employment Law. Mamat focuses his practice on complex labor issues with a special focus on union matters, contract negotiations, OSHA and MIOSHA matters and unfair labor practice litigation among others.

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Southfield Attorney Sworn in at Supreme Court

Foster Swift attorney Stefania Gismondi was among those from the State Bar of Michigan’s Young Lawyers’ section sworn in at the U.S. Supreme Court at a small group bar admission ceremony on Wednesday, October 10 in Washington D.C.

Stefania is a member of the firm’s General Litigation practice group and practices in the Southfield office. She has experience working with small business enterprises and non-profits.

Mamat Named to ACG Detroit Board of Directors

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. –Foster Swift labor and employment attorney Frank T. Mamat was recently elected to the board of directors for the Detroit Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG.)

Established in 1954, ACG’s mission is to drive middle-market growth. The ACG has 59 chapters worldwide representing more than 14,000 members. These chapters meet, network and support events regularly to share best practices and source deals for corporate growth. ACG serves 90,000 investors, owners, executives, lenders and advisers to growing middle-market companies.

One of the nation’s preeminent labor law attorneys, Mamat focuses his practice on complex labor issues, with a special focus on union matters, contract negotiations, unfair labor practice litigation, National Labor Relations Board practice, organizing attempts by unions, mass picketing and violence, secondary boycotts and pressure and Federal and State OSHA matters.

Hamameh Elected to SBM Board of Commissioners

Foster Swift attorney Lisa J. Hamameh is one of five attorneys elected to serve on the 2018-19 State Bar of Michigan’s (SBM) Board of Commissioners. The SBM Board of Commissioners provides oversight to the State Bar on finance, public policy, professional standards and member services and communications. SBM is the governing body for the 42,000- plus lawyers in the State of Michigan.

Lisa was elected to serve District I, representing Oakland County and will serve a three year term starting late September 2018 after the SBM Annual Conference.

A graduate of Wayne State University Law School, Lisa is a shareholder with Foster Swift Collins and Smith, PC, where she practices primarily public entity law, zoning and land use, liquor licensing law and condominium and homeowners’ association law.

Lisa has a lengthy history of giving back to the profession. Her term as chair of the SBM Character and Fitness District I Committee concludes in December of this year and she previously served on the SBM Young Lawyers Section Executive Council. Also active in the Oakland County Bar Association, she chaired the OCBA’s Municipal Law Committee, chaired the OCBA’s Membership Committee, and is a past director of the New Lawyers Committee.

Her legal skills and commitment to the profession are well-recognized. Michigan Lawyers Weekly honored Lisa as a 2014 “Woman in the Law.” She has been recognized by Michigan Super Lawyer Magazine since 2011, first as a “Rising Star” and now as a “Super Lawyer” for Government, Cities and Municipalities. She was also selected for Best Lawyers in America® for Municipal Law and as a “Top Lawyer” for dBusiness Magazine.

Foster Swift Launches Elder Law Blog

May has been known as Senior Citizens month since 1963 when it was declared so by President Kennedy and is also recognized as National Elder Law Month by The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Attorneys that practice elder law focus on issues concerning seniors including estate planning, wills and caring arrangements among others.

By 2030, nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population will be age 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To help with the growing number of people that need assistance in this age range, the law firm of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC has launched its elder law blog. The goal of this blog is to address the most common legal questions people have or will have in a practical yet compassionate way.

Foster Swift elder law and estate planning attorneys Nicolas Camargo, Matthew Fedor and Trevor Weston will provide readers with relevant information on the wide range of legal issues facing seniors. “We deal with sensitive family situations every day, and realize how difficult they can be” Fedor stated.

“We want to be a resource, advising clients on life, aging and protecting their loved ones, while also understanding the individual’s legal needs. Whether they are planning for the future or in a current crisis, we offer counsel and solutions to help them through the challenges of helping aging family members. Our office is much more than a place where legal documents are prepared. It is also a place where seniors and their families are heard and connections are made, all while providing a “big picture” solution to the challenges of aging.”

When it comes to planning for yours and your family’s future, being proactive is better than being reactive. Visit regularly for more posts and learn how Foster Swift attorneys can help you to stop worrying and start living.