Women lawyers win statewide awards


Aileen Leipprandt

A statewide legal publication has selected three attorneys in the region to be part of its Women in the Law Class of 2017.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly has selected 30 lawyers for the honor, which recognizes “inspiring and accomplished leaders who have shown a commitment to excellence in the practice of law” and who “serve as mentors and give back to their communities.”

Three Grand Rapids attorneys are among the Women in the Law Class of 2017: Laura Genovich, of Foster Swift Collins & Smith; Aileen Leipprandt, of Hilger Hammond; and Mary Pigorsh of Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly will honor the entire class at the publication’s annual Women in the Law luncheon and awards ceremony on Sept. 7 at the Detroit Marriott Troy.

The Woman of the Year, chosen by a vote of the Class of 2017, will be announced at the event.


A shareholder at Foster Swift’s Grand Rapids office, Genovich practices municipal and commercial law, including bankruptcy law.

She joined the firm in 2008 after earning her J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School (now Western Michigan University Cooley Law School).


Leipprandt earned her J.D. from Indiana University and practices at Hilger Hammond in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation and construction law.


In 1997, Pigorsh graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School with her J.D.

She practices at Smith Haughey in the area of family law and domestic relations.

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