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James A. Foster

James A. Foster is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office and chair of the Transportation practice group. Jim focuses his practice on civil litigation, with an emphasis on transportation and product liability litigation. He leads immediate response teams for trucking companies on catastrophic losses and has published articles on punitive damages and spoliation of evidence. Jim also frequently presents at industry conferences on topics relating to the Reptile Theory, early case analysis, mediation and electronic discovery. Jim represents trucking companies in complex personal injury and in breach of contract matters. He has successfully defended product liability cases at trial involving the design of an automatic door and a milling machine.

Jim is actively involved and has held leadership roles with several industry organizations including, former chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Tort and Insurance Practice Section’s Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee; editor of the Trucking Industry Defense Association’s State Law Summary of Illinois; former dean of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel’s Graduate Program of Litigation Management College; former chair of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Hand and Power Tools Section and co-chair of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Transportation Committee.


  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating (Martindale-Hubbell)
  • Leading Lawyer- Transportation Defense, Product Liability Defense (Law Bulletin Publishing Company)
  • Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters)