A frequent lecturer and published author on the subject of multi-state class action litigation, Mr. Foster has successfully opposed certification of dozens of nationwide class actions.

richard.foster@dbmslaw.com
Phone: (312) 422-0971

Printer Friendly Version

Download vCard

Richard B. Foster
Richard B. Foster’s practice is focused on the defense of product and professional liability actions, commercial litigation and class action/ mass tort cases. He has significant trial experience in obtaining acquittals in cases involving multiple deaths, brain injury, severe burn injury and quadriplegia and has represented hospitals and physicians in numerous subspecialty areas. In addition, he has defended numerous suits involving presses, electrical equipment, gear drives, and motors.

A frequent lecturer and published author on the subject of multi-state class action litigation, Mr. Foster has successfully opposed certification of dozens of nationwide class actions on behalf of clients such as Burger King Corporation (salmonella outbreak), Bausch & Lomb (extended wear contact lenses), SmithKline Beacham Pharmaceutical (prescription cough medication), Ford Motor Company (transmission claims) and Hyundai Motor Company (emissions defects).One such case involved claims on behalf of ten million purchasers of cellular telephones that electromagnetic field (EMF) energy emitted by the telephones resulted in increased cancer risk. He has recently represented Simon Marketing in a multidistrict class action involving McDonald's Corporation's promotional games.

Mr. Foster has been named a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law, Medical Malpractice Defense Law, and Products Liability Defense Law. The list of Leading Lawyers is the result of thousands of contacts with Illinois lawyers asking them which of their peers they believe comprise the top lawyers. Only those lawyers who are most often recommended qualify as Leading Lawyers. He has also been named a Super Lawyer in Illinois in the area of Class Action/Mass Torts and Medical Malpractice Defense. Super Lawyers are the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics.

Mr. Foster joined the firm as a partner in 1996. He was previously a partner at Baker & McKenzie, which he joined in 1984. He received his JD (magna cum laude) in 1984 from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and received the Rickert Prize for Best Oral and Overall Advocate. He received his undergraduate degree in speech from Northwestern University, where he was a member of the Mortar Board Honorary Society.

©2005 Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC
140 South Dearborn, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60603
Phone (312) 422-0900     Fax (312) 422-0909