Todd W. Hoppe - Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

Todd W. Hoppe

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

Todd is the practice group leader of Foster Swift’s Business and Corporate Practice Group.  He works primarily in the law firm's Grand Rapids office and his areas of practice include:

  • Business Organization and Planning. Todd represents individuals and businesses in the agriculture, insurance, service, manufacturing and construction industries. He works with them on the formation and funding of new business entities as well as other organization and planning matters such as contracts with customers and suppliers.
  • Business Transactions. Business buyers and sellers retain Todd for counsel on sophisticated mergers, asset sales and stock sales.
  • Tax Exempt Organizations & Charitable Giving. Todd frequently represents corporations and individuals in establishing organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code Sections 501(c)(3) (charities), 501(c)(4) (social welfare organizations), 501(c)(6) (trade associations), and 527 (political organizations).
  • Estate Planning and Administration. Individuals with estate planning and administration needs retain Todd on a wide range of matters including drafting of wills, revocable living trusts, charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, and intentional grantor trusts/intentionally defective trusts.
  • Succession Planning. Todd works with family businesses on crafting and implementing succession plans that accomplish client goals. This often includes planned gifting, business sales, estate planning, and part-gift/part-sale transactions.
  • Cooperative Law. Todd represents cooperatives. His clients include agricultural marketing cooperatives and supply cooperatives, consumer cooperatives, and purchasing groups organized as cooperatives. His work includes forming cooperatives, serving as general counsel, advising clients on Capper-Volstead Act anti-trust compliance and other laws unique to cooperatives, and representing cooperatives in specific matters, such as business transactions and both private and state-registered securities offerings.

Todd credits the business law concentration of his undergraduate engineering degree for providing him the ability to communicate effectively with clients regarding complex technical issues they encounter in addressing their legal needs.

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. Tax Court

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Experience Representative Matters
  • An agricultural marketing cooperative wanted to expand services to its members by building a food processing facility.  A team of Foster Swift attorneys assisted the client in the acquisition of a former automotive manufacturing plant, and in structuring a complex financing arrangement that includes Michigan Economic Development Corporation bond financing and commercial bank loans and private equity financing to construct the facility.  Todd was involved in all aspects of the financing transactions and in the construction process.    Todd assisted the client in a private offering of securities that is exempt from registration under State and federal securities laws to partially fund the project.
  • A nonprofit housing authority discovered it had never received IRS recognition of its tax-exempt status. Todd helped this client obtain exempt recognition retroactive to 1977.
  • The younger members of a family wanted to acquire an agricultural manufacturing business from the prior generation. The business had approximately $20 million in annual sales. Todd helped with the negotiations, documentation and closing of the transaction.
  • A physician failed to file federal and state income tax returns for more than seven years in connection with an IRS audit and was assessed federal income tax on approximately $13 million of estimated income. Todd ultimately obtained substantial federal income tax refunds and a waiver of state penalties for failing to file tax returns.
Michigan State UniversityBS 2001Vanderbilt UniversityJ.D. 2004
Grand Rapids Ballet CompanyAmerican Bar AssociationGrand Rapids Bar Association

Office Location

1700 East Beltline, NE, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-7044
United States

Practice Areas

Tax Law (Nonprofit Organizations and Charitable Giving)