C. Allen Foster - Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP

C. Allen Foster

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003
Phone: 202-689-3153

C. Allen Foster is an experienced trial lawyer, having tried cases in 15 states and numerous federal courts. He is the principal author of the leading construction law treatise, Construction and Design Law, and was a senior lecturer in law at Duke Law School for ten years, teaching trial practice, construction law and commercial arbitration.  

Allen served as the U.S. government representative to the International Agency Dispute Resolution Centre in Paris, was special litigation counsel to the Republican Party and has served as a commissioner to the National Commission on Uniform State Laws.

Harvard UniversityJ.D. 1967University of OxfordMA 1971University of OxfordBA 1965Princeton UniversityAB 1963
Metropolitan Club of the City of WashingtonOrder of St. HubertusBrasenose College (Oxford) FoundationSt. George''s Chapel and Descendents of the Knights of the Garter FoundationInternational Energy Agency, ParisAmerican Law Institute

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Tax Court

Areas of Concentration
  • Complex civil litigation
  • International and domestic arbitration
  • Construction contracts and projects
  • Intellectual property, including patents and trademarks
  • Professional liability
  • Commercial transactions
  • Election law
Significant Representations
  • Represented Cato as amicus in U.S. Supreme Court.
  • United States ex rel. MJ Research, Inc. Represented interest of the government in qui tam litigation concerning DNA sequencing machine.
  • In re World War II Era Japanese Forced Labor Litigation. Represented plaintiffs who were enslaved by Japanese corporations during World War II.
  • Perkin Elmer Corp. v MJ Research, Inc. Represented defendant in infringement case concerning patents on equipment for molecular biology research.
  • American Medical Centers, Inc. v PepsiCo, Inc. Represented plaintiff in first case tried before Russian Antimonopoly Commission in Moscow.
  • Fordham v OneSoft Corporation. Represented plaintiff whose software inventions were misappropriated.
  • Coyne Boehm, Inc. v US FDA. Represented advertising agencies in tobacco advertising ban litigation.
  • Johnson v DeGrandy. Represented Hispanic republicans in Florida redistricting Voting Rights Act case in U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Gingles v Thornburg. Represented African-American republicans in North Carolina redistricting Voting Rights Act case in U.S. Supreme Court.
Part 2
  • Lea v Cone Mills Corporation. Represented defendant in first Civil Rights Act case filed.
  • Robinson v Lorillard Corporation. Represented defendant in seniority rights case under Civil Rights Act.
  • US v Dowdy. Represented Congressman Dowdy in separation of powers case.
  • Suarez Corporation Industries v Attorney General of West Virginia. Obtained dismissal of the defamation action brought against client by public official.
  • Liggett Group, Inc. v Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. Obtained $148 million trial court judgment in predatory pricing case.
  • Biederman v Republic of Kazakhstan. Counseled $650 million arbitration over confiscation of interest in oil field.
  • United Technologies, Inc. v Breed Automotive. Obtained $50 million award in breach of patent licensing dispute.
  • OUR Scientific, Inc. v Electra Instruments, Inc. Represented patent validity case involving gamma ray technology for non-intrusive brain surgery.
Part 3
  • Roach v. Blossman Gas. Obtained defense verdict in gas explosion case.
  • Lea Co. v North Carolina Department of Transportation. Obtained largest inverse condemnation award in North Carolina. Declared statutory interest provision unconstitutional.
  • Cajun Electric Power Cooperative v Riley Stoker Corp. Defended boiler manufacturer from $760 million in claims by power company.
  • Rector v Carrington, Coleman. Represented attorney and insurer in subrogation claim for legal malpractice arising out of FDIC v. Rector.
  • FDIC v Boggs, et al. Represented Washington National Bank director in claims by FDIC after bank failure.
  • FDIC v Inhofe. Represented Senator Inhofe in claims by FDIC on personal guaranty of insurance company loan.
  • Counseled over 500 labor and commercial arbitrations.

Client Comments

"Allen Foster is an exceptional legal strategist who has provided exemplary support to my company in resolving complex litigation issues through motions practice and building and executing effective negotiation strategies."

Office Location

1800 M Street, NW, Suite 450N
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Construction

Other Information

Gender: Male