Webb A. Smith - Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

Webb A. Smith

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1993

Listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1994, Webb brought his knowledge and expertise to Foster, Swift in 1963. In recognition of his efforts, he was distinguished as the recipient of the Leo Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award in 1997, and is a Master of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School American Inns of Court. He received the 13th Annual Excellence in Defense Award in 2005, and was named a “Top Commercial Litigator” in 2006.

A native of Lansing, Michigan, Webb completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University and received his juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School before joining the firm in 1963.

Webb is admitted to practice in Michigan, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association as well as the American Bar Association and its Litigation and Natural Resources Sections. He is an American Bar Foundation Fellow, a Michigan State Bar Foundation Fellow, an Ingham County Bar Foundation Founding Fellow and is active in the State Bar of Michigan, where he currently serves on its Committee for Resolution of Disputes Among Attorneys. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He previously served on the State Bar Civil Procedures Committee and Committee on Judicial Qualifications. He is also a current member and past President of the Ingham County Bar Association. Webb’s previous involvement includes sitting on the Character and Fitness Committee of Ingham County’s 30th Judicial Circuit Court for a dozen years, spending over seven years as a member of Client Security Fund, and serving as a member of the Representative Assembly of the State Bar of Michigan. He is a member and formerly served on the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel’s Board of Directors. He is also a member of both the Michigan Oil and Gas Association and the American Association of Insurance Attorneys. He has distinguished himself further as a Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference and is also a member of the Ingham County Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors

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

Michigan Supreme Court

Experience Representative Matters
  • Lead counsel for Shell Oil Co. in landmark Pigeon River litigation (subject of State of Michigan Legal Milestone).
  • Pipeline and gas proration matters before Michigan Public Service Commission.
  • Lead trial counsel in industrial espionage case involving theft of confidential oil and gas data.
  • Lead counsel in defense of class actions involving royalty disputes and operations of gas processing plant.
  • Lead counsel for oil and gas industry (and Shell Oil Co.) in public hearings before Michigan Department of Natural Resources (now known as the Department of Environmental Quality) in establishing rules for handling Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials ("NORM") forming underground pipes.
Michigan State UniversityBA 1960University of Michigan Law SchoolLL.B 1963
Michigan Defense Trial CounselIngham County Bar AssociationLitigation Counsel of AmericaAmerican College of Trial Lawyers

Office Location

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


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Oil and Gas Law of the Lansing Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Natural Resources Law of the Lansing Metro Area
Webb A. Smith has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!Webb A. Smith has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Civil Litigation, Energy, First Amendment, Media, Natural Resources)
Energy Law (Administrative, Litigation, Oil & Gas)
First Amendment Law (Litigation, Media)
Natural Resources Law (Litigation, Oil & Gas)
Oil and Gas Law (Litigation)

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Gender: Male