Law firm elects first woman president


Anne Seurynck Courtesy Foster Swift Collins & Smith

A local law firm selected the chair of its executive committee.

Foster Swift Collins & Smith elected Anne M. Seurynck as its first woman president.

“I am appreciative of the firm for seeing that we don’t have to fit the traditional mold, that there should still be an opportunity for advancement in leadership roles while on an alternative schedule,” Seurynck said.

She will chair the firm’s executive committee and its 100 attorneys who work in six offices throughout the state.

“We have a lot invested in making sure this is a great place to work and for clients to do business,” she said. “We will continue to implement new ideas and new technologies to meet the needs of our clients and our employees.” 

Seurynck has spent her entire legal career at Foster Swift Collins & Smith. She has held numerous positions over the course of nearly 24 years at the firm.  

She served as vice president of Foster Swift’s West Michigan office, practice group leader for the Municipal Law group, chair of the firm’s Recruiting Committee and a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

Along with being president, she will continue to practice in her specialty areas of administrative law, library law, municipal litigation, election and campaign finance law. She also represents municipal and public entities and counsel clients on the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meeting Act.

She is a member of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. Seurynck is affiliated with the State Bar of Wisconsin, State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association and a fellow at the Michigan State Bar Foundation.

Other members elected to the 2020 executive committee:

  • Julie Fershtman, vice president, Southfield office
  • Todd Hoppe, treasurer and vice president, Grand Rapids office
  • Douglas Mielock, secretary, Lansing office
  • David Russell, vice president, Lansing office
  • Brent Titus, vice president, Lansing office

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