Attorneys Scott Smith and Roger Swets Join Dickinson Wright's Grand Rapids Office as Members

October 21, 2013
Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorneys Scott G. Smith and Roger A. Swets have joined the firm’s Grand Rapids office as Members.

Scott Smith concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal law, municipal finance law, environmental law, and condemnation law. He has extensive experience in all aspects of local governments and their endeavors, representing cities, townships, villages, counties, and a myriad of authorities and intergovernmental entities. Mr. Smith serves as general legal counsel for the communities of Allegan, Grand Haven, Mackinaw City, Mt. Pleasant, Ostego, Plainwell, Saline, South Haven, and Sparta.

Mr. Smith is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Grand Rapids Bar Association, and the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. He has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars on such topics as property acquisition and condemnation, environmental considerations in municipal property transactions, blight enforcement, legislation affecting local governments, medical marihuana, open meetings and freedom of information issues, zoning, planning and land use, relationships between municipalities and non-profit entities. He is recognized as a leader in his field by Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers. Mr. Smith received his B.A. from Wheaton College and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Roger Swets practices in the area of public sector finance law, acting as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and bank counsel in tax-exempt financings. He works with cities, counties, drain commissioners, libraries, schools, townships, villages and a wide range of authorities on bond and finance matters. He also works with these clients on a broad range of public sector issues including ballot proposals, millage issues, special assessments and utilities and other issues. He also specializes in economic development law, including work on brownfield redevelopment projects, tax increment financing projects, economic development corporation projects and the issuance of tax-exempt bonds for non-profit organizations and expanding businesses.

Mr. Swets is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Grand Rapids Bar Association, the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the National Association of Bond Lawyers, and the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. He received his B.A. from Calvin College and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.