Dirk H. Beckwith - Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

Dirk H. Beckwith

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

Dirk Beckwith practices in the areas of commercial litigation, transportation and logistics, construction, and insurance defense. He represents clients in state and federal courts across Michigan and has successfully argued appeals in both Michigan and U.S. Appellate Courts.  He also serves as a mediator, case evaluator in Michigan Circuit and District Courts, and is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.

Known for his responsiveness and for immersing himself in understanding his clients' business, Dirk has a wealth of experience representing transportation companies, motor carriers and railroads. He has litigated cases involving the interpretation of transportation contracts, the application of tariffs, and shipments moved pursuant to bills of lading. He also vigorously defends trucking companies in cargo claim litigation and against claims for personal injury. He was recently involved in several landmark decisions for the trucking and railroad industries.  In addition, he has handled both regulatory and administrative matters before the FMCSA and STB for those engaged in the transportation industry.

He also has significant success handling Uniform Commercial Code claims as well as representing owners, general contractors, and suppliers in disputes arising out of construction contracts.

Dirk is a Past President of the Transportation Lawyers Association.  Dirk previously served as a Regional Vice President of the Association for Transportation Law Professionals. He is also a member of the Trucking Insurance Defense Association and the Defense Research Institute. He actively participates in each of these associations, as well as the Transportation Loss Prevention and Security Association and the Conference of Freight Counsel. Dirk is a frequent speaker and attendee at all of these organizations’ meetings and attends DRI trucking seminars, and TIDA sponsored events, as well. 

Additional Information

Court Admissions

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

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

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Supreme Court

University of MichiganBA 1980Wayne State University Law SchoolJ.D. 1983
American Bar AssociationMichigan State Bar FoundationOakland County Bar AssociationOakland County Bar Foundation

Office Location

28411 Northwestern Highway, Suite 500
Southfield, MI 48034
United States

Practice Areas

Construction Law

Other Information

Gender: Male