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James A. Foster


James A. Foster is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office and is engaged in the practice of civil litigation, with a primary emphasis on transportation and product liability litigation. He has defended trucking companies in both personal injury matters and in breach of contract cases. He has also successfully defended at trial product liability cases involving the design of an automatic door and the design of a milling machine. 

Mr. Foster heads and coordinates immediate response teams for trucking companies on catastrophic losses and has published articles on punitive damages and spoliation of evidence. He has also spoken at industry conferences on early case analysis, mediation and electronic discovery. 

Mr. Foster obtained his B.A. at the University of Michigan in 1979 and his J.D. at the University of Illinois, College of Law, in 1983. 

Mr. Foster is a past chair of the ABA’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section’s Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee; editor of the Trucking Industry Defense Association’s State Law Summary of Illinois; past dean of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel’s Graduate Program of Litigation Management College; past chair of DRI’s Hand and Power Tools Section; and member of the National Committee and Regional Chair for CLM (Claims & Litigation Management Alliance.) He received an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Foster was also selected in 2014 as a Leading Lawyer, as compiled by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, in the areas of products liability defense law, and transportation defense law.

Mr. Foster is a member of the Illinois Bar and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • CLM
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association