C. Allen Foster

Senior Counsel
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

Peer Rating
AV® Preeminent

Client Rating

Featured AV Peer Review Rated Lawyer IconFeatured AV Peer Review Rated Lawyer Icon
Printer Friendly VersionEmail this PageDownload to My Outlook ContactsAdd lawyer to My FavoritesCompare this lawyer to other lawyers in your favorites

Experience & Credentials Ratings & Reviews

Practice Areas

  • Construction Litigation
    Contact InfoTelephone: 202.689.3153
    Fax: 202.689.3163
    University Princeton University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1963; Oxford University, M.A. 1971 Fulbright Scholar
    Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D. 1967
    Admitted1967, North Carolina; 1987, District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals: Federal Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals: Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals: Fifth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals: Tenth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals: Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court: District of Columbia; U.S. District Court: Eastern District of North Carolina; U.S. District Court: Middle District of North Carolina; U.S. District Court: Northern District of Texas; U.S. District Court: Southern District of Texas; U.S. District Court: Western District of North Carolina; U.S. Tax Court; U.S. Supreme Court
    BornMonroe, Louisiana, 1941


    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.

    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

    • 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

    • 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

    Noteworthy Experience

    • United States Government Representative, International Energy Agency Dispute Resolution Centre, Paris, France, 1983-Present


    View Ratings & Reviews
    Profile Visibility
    #568 in weekly profile views out of 48,084 lawyers in Washington, District of Columbia
    #22,965 in weekly profile views out of 1,515,714 total lawyers Overall

    Office Information

    C. Allen Foster

    1025 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
    WashingtonDC 20036-5405


    Professional Networking for Legal Professionals Only

    Quickly and easily expand your professional
    network - join the premier global network for legal professionals only. It's powered by the
    Martindale-Hubbell database - over 1,000,000 lawyers strong.
    Join Now