James G. Foster, Esq.

Senior Counsel

In first grade, Jim successfully advocated for the repeal of a policy requiring that boys and girls eat at separate tables in his elementary school’s cafeteria.  Jim has been representing and zealously advocating on behalf of people and causes ever since. 

Like most lawyers, Jim is professionally cautious and works tirelessly to minimize risk for his clients.  In his free time, however, Jim chooses to crawl into burning buildings as a long-time volunteer firefighter with the Elsmere Fire Company.  It should be noted that this is the only manner in which Jim will ever be seen chasing an ambulance.   


Prior to attending law school, Jim worked as a government consultant whose work took him to locations such as the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya and the Defense Logistics Agency’s headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  Despite holding a Top Secret security clearance, Jim insists that the most exciting materials he had access to were audit reports and Excel spreadsheets.

After attending law school and serving on the Albany Law Review, Jim moved to Manhattan to work at a large international law firm.  Jim represented large corporations and banks in various matters including several multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations in which he oversaw a team of over 60 attorneys.  While Jim enjoyed practicing in Manhattan, his small apartment, passion for mowing lawns, and love of his hometown brought him back to the Albany area. 

Since returning to Upstate New York, Jim has had the privilege of providing legal advice to corporate clients, not-for-profits, start-up companies, and investors regarding a wide range of matters including entity formation, corporate governance and compliance, contract review and drafting, and real property transactions.  Jim also represents his community of approximately 35,000 as an elected Town Councilman.  When weather and time permits, Jim continues to hone his lawn mowing, pinball, and amateur auto mechanic skills at the home he shares with his better half, Katelyn, and their young son Huxley.

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