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Outside of my law practice, I presently serve as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees of the Michigan State University College of Law and its Finance Committee. Beth and I enjoy a cottage on Lake Michigan and we are members of Lincoln Hills Country Club in Ludington where we enjoy playing golf nearly every weekend. We have been married for over 35 years and we are the proud parents of two very accomplished children.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 35%
  2. Mediation: 30%
  3. Family: 25%
  4. Environmental: 10%

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Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC

1700 East Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49525


MIActive And In Good Standing197605/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Admitted to the BarSupreme Court of the United States2009
FellowAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2008
Life MemberSixth Circuit Judicial Conference2006
SelectedMichigan Super Lawyers2004
SelectedBest Lawyers in America2003
AssociateAmerican Board of Trial Advocates2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderFoster Swift Collins & Smith, PC2012 - Present
ShareholderRhoades McKee, PC2009 - 2012
PartnerBoyden Waddell Timmons & Dilley1993 - 2009
PartnerDilley & Dilley1976 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bar of the Supreme Court of the United StatesMember2010 - Present
Judicial Conference of the Sixth Circuit Court of AppealsLifetime Member2008 - Present
International Society of BarristersFellow2007 - Present
American College of Trial LawyersFellow2007 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAssociate2000 - Present
Bar of the Sixth Circuit Court of AppealsMember1990 - Present
Michigan Association for JusticeMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationFellowN/A
State Bar of MichiganFellowN/A
Federal Bar Association-West MichiganPresident2003 - 2004
American Inns of Court, Gerald R. Ford ChapterPast President2002 - 2003
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationPresident2000 - 2001
State Bar of Michigan , Environmental Law SectionChairman1984 - 1985
Publication nameTitleDate
Michigan Trial Notebook, 2002, ICLEObjections At Trial2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Michigan State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
James Madison College at Michigan State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Litigation Practice Group MeetingQualificaton and Disqualification of Technical Experts: Michigan's Daubert Rule2013
GRBA Family Law Section SeminarElectronic Snooping: Do's and Don'ts2013
GRBA Family Law Section SeminarFamily Law, Evidence & Trial Practice2013
State Bar Family Law InstituteEvidentiary Issues: Marital and Separate Property2012
Michigan State University College of LawCommencement Address2010
Advanced Mediator Training SeminarEffective Pre-Mediation Strategies2010
2nd Annual Advanced Negotiation & Dispute Resolution InstituteCase Evaluation in Settlement: Help or Hindrance2003