Brian G. Goodenough

Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

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South Washington Square 313
Lansing 48933 MI US

Currently, Brian Goodenough chairs the firm’s Employer Services Practice Group where he practices municipal law, zoning and land-use disputes and workers’ compensation law. 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.

Brian Goodenough started as an associate at Foster Swift in 1989.  In 1996, he became a shareholder.


  • Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1988, cum laude
  • Central Michigan University, B.S., 1985

Bar and Court Admissions:

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


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