Duly Noted

Local attorney/water expert named to state Waterways Commission

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed Elaine Sterrett Isely to the Michigan State Waterways Commission.

Isely, of Grand Rapids, is the director of water programs for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. She is also a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan. Isely is appointed to succeed Nicki Polan, whose term expires Sept. 18, to represent the general public, for a term commencing Sept. 19 and expiring Sept. 18, 2022.

The Michigan State Waterways Commission is responsible for the acquisition, construction, and maintenance of recreational harbors, channels, docking and launching facilities, and administration of commercial docks in the Straits of Mackinac.

The appointment is subject to advice and consent of the Senate.


Willey & Chamberlain names additional partner

Willey & Chamberlain LLP, a Grand Rapids law firm specializing in all aspects of criminal defense, has announced that Peter A. VanGelderen has become a partner in the firm.

VanGelderen’s criminal de-fense experience includes OWI offenses, drug offenses, federal RICO cases, fraud, white collar crime and violent crimes. He also handles license matters with the Michigan Secretary of State for those facing license consequences related to criminal activity.

VanGelderen earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan in history, with a minor in moral and political philosophy and his J.D., with distinction, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Other firm partners include Larry C. Willey, Charles E. Chamberlain, Jr., and Britt M. Cobb.


Foster Swift GR and Southfield shareholders named Super Lawyers

Foster Swift shareholders Frederick D. Dilley and Julie I. Fershtman received top Michigan “Super Lawyers®” honors for 2019, Dilley for his work in General Litigation and Fershtman for Civil Litigation: Defense. In addition, both were selected for “top” lists. Dilley and Fershtman are both listed in the “Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers,” and Fershtman is listed in the “Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers” for 2019.

Dilley practices in the Grand Rapids office on a variety of complex matters from business disputes to divorce cases to personal injury matters.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers.

A past President of the State Bar of Michigan and Managing Shareholder of the firm’s Southfield office, Fershtman focuses her practice on business litigation, insurance coverage, insurance defense, and equine law.