Brian G. Goodenough - Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

Brian G. Goodenough

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Brian Goodenough started as an associate at Foster Swift in 1989.  In 1996, he became a shareholder.  Currently, he chairs the firm's Workers' Compensation Practice Group.  Previously, he served as a member of the firm's Executive Committee and as an officer of the firm. 

His practice focuses on: 

  • Zoning and land-use disputes - counsels townships, cities, counties and other municipalities.
  • Municipal law -  represents municipalities against Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act claims, counsels on cemetery liability, municipal insurance defense, fire/public safety department formation, litigation and funding.
  • Workers’ compensation - defends insurance companies and employers in workers' compensation litigation.

Brian has been recognized for his insurance defense work on behalf of his municipal clients. This includes being named Attorney of the Year in 2003 by Michigan’s largest insurer of municipalities. He has been named to Best Lawyers in America in Municipal, Real Estate and Workers’ Compensation law.

Since 2000, Brian has been an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he has taught land-use and zoning law. In addition, he is an active member of several civic groups, including the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, where he has served as the group’s Chair and as its General Counsel.  Brian has served on the Board of Directors for Ele's Place.  

Additional Information

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Central Michigan UniversityBS 1985Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolJ.D. 1988
Ingham County Bar AssociationMichigan Association of Municipal Attorneys

Office Location

313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933-2114
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Real Estate of the Lansing Metro Area
Brian G. Goodenough has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Insurance Law
Litigation - Municipal
Litigation - Real Estate
Workers' Compensation Law - Employers