Jean G. Schtokal - Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

Jean G. Schtokal

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011

A shareholder, Jean practices primarily in the business transactions area, handling both domestic and foreign matters.

Her experience as an international business attorney is quite expansive and includes international trade, distribution, manufacturing and licensing arrangements; establishment of foreign and domestic subsidiaries, branch offices and facilities; joint ventures and strategic alliances as well as acquisitions and direct investments. Jean also provides counsel and guidance on U.S Export Control laws and regulations (EAR, ITAR, OFAC and FCPA). As a result of her thorough understanding and ability to clearly communicate these complex topics, she often speaks on international business topics including international business transactions and international trade.

"As an entrepreneur expanding my operations from Australia, I needed an attorney that was a quick study in understanding my goals and translating that into what legal matters I needed to address. In my experiences with Jean, I found her extremely knowledgeable about the law, a great supplier of information and contacts to international trade resources, very responsive and reliable all while being mindful of my budget. I wish all of my relationships with professional service providers were this smooth and productive."
Cary J. Redstone, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, MMC Learning and Development Incorporated

"Jean has an amazing breadth of knowledge about doing business overseas. What sets Jean apart are her excellent presentation and analysis skills, allowing her to clearly communicate complex information in a very practical and understandable manner."
Noel Nevshehir, Director, International Business Services, Automation Alley

"Foster Swift, through their international experience and leadership depth, has been a great partner to Spartan Motors in both growing our international business and addressing risk issues when they arise. Great partners must do both, as business is about growth while managing risk in a disciplined way."
John Sztykiel, Spartan Motors

Jean also assists U.S. businesses with entity formation, business planning, certification (WBE/MBE/DBE), negotiation and drafting of contracts, creation of joint ventures and serves as a trusted advisor.

Jean is a University of Michigan alumna and received her juris doctorate, cum laude, from Wayne State University. Prior to completing law school, Jean was the aide in charge of the Tax Expenditures Subcommittee of the Taxation Committee for the Michigan House of Representatives.

Thoroughly immersed in the Michigan business community, Jean holds many leadership roles. She has been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Michigan District Export Council-West (named chair in 2014), she is a member of the Advisory Board of Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University, and serves as Co-Chair of the Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan.

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

Experience Representative Matters
  • Domestic and international joint ventures, teaming and cooperation agreements
  • Manufacturing and license agreements
  • Acquisitions and corporate reorganizations
  • Foreign operations
  • Foreign acquisitions and transactions in regulated and non regulated industries
  • Foreign and domestic distributor, agent, and broker agreements
  • Protection of trade secrets/confidential information and resolution of matters involving misuse of proprietary information
  • Registration, licensing, approvals and disclosures regarding ITAR/U.S. Munitions List defense articles, technical data and defense services
  • Minority and women-owned business state and national certification matters
  • Resolution of minority shareholder/member disputes
  • U.S. subsidiaries for foreign-owned companies
  • Export controls compliance and training
University of MichiganAB 1982Wayne State University Law SchoolJ.D. 1987
American Bar AssociationMichigan State Bar FoundationInternational Bar Association

Office Location

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

Practice Areas

International Trade and Finance Law