Mark W. Foster is one of the first lawyers who law firms and other lawyers turn to for advice on professional responsibility and ethics matters.
Mark also advises law firm managing partners, general counsels, and administrators on business-of-law issues, including ethics compliance programs, conflicts of interest, trust accounting, lateral recruiting and hiring, and lawyer departures.
Mark has dealt extensively with ethics problems confronted by lawyers in large practices and small as a litigator, counselor, and expert witness. He is also experienced in complex issues such as alliances between law firms and non-lawyers, partnerships with non-lawyers, the rights and responsibilities of partners to each other, and the migration of partners and practices between law firms. Mark has been qualified as an expert witness in cases involving the ethical obligations of lawyers and has testified on more than 20 occasions in both state and federal cases.
Mark has served as a mediator and an arbitrator, typically in law firm disputes and dissolutions. His practice also includes commercial transactions, such as business formation and dissolution, financing, and related issues. He has litigated to verdict more than 30 civil and criminal cases and has decades of litigation experience in civil and criminal jury and non-jury trials. He has been a voting delegate to most of the District of Columbia judicial conferences, as well as to a number of federal judicial conferences.
Mark has taught at The George Washington University Law School, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and for the continuing legal education program of the District of Columbia Bar. His courses have included trial technique, conflicts of interest, trust accounting, ethics, and advocacy.