Alyson Foster

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Alyson represents businesses and individuals in litigation, arbitration, and pre-dispute counseling. She has successfully pursued relief for her clients in many areas, including commercial contracts, fiduciary disputes, insurance recovery, business disputes, personal injury, voting rights, affirmative action, employment, and consumer protection. Alyson also advises on pre-litigation disputes as well as employment, contract, and risk management issues. Represented industries include real estate, benefits administration, lumber retail, identity theft protection, agribusiness, and investment.

Representative Work

Represents identity theft protection company in claims against big box retail company for misleading advertising, trade secret and intellectual property misappropriation, and breach of contract, resulting in favorable settlement.

Represents international agricultural product company in employment and risk management issues.

Represents mid-sized business in disputes arising from employee embezzlement, including employment issues, pursuit of insurance proceeds, and risk and customer management.

Represented clean energy investment company in intellectual property and fiduciary litigation, resulting in preliminary injunction and favorable settlement.

Defended real estate investment company in litigation arising from loan agreement among business partners, resulting in favorable settlement.

Represented lumber business in litigation against local government and real estate company regarding real estate transaction, resulting in favorable settlement.

Defended investment, lending, and development company in LLC member derivative and fiduciary litigation brought by dissatisfied owners, resulting in favorable settlement.

Represented large money lender in shareholder derivative litigation, resulting in dismissal of all claims.

Represented large auto leasing company in arbitration against its residual value insurer, resulting in nine-figure settlement.

Represented post-bankruptcy trusts in complex, multi-party litigation against numerous insurance companies seeking liability coverage for hundreds of thousands of underlying asbestos-related tort claims, resulting in large settlements in clients’ favor.

Obtained asset seizure on behalf of a Fortune 100 bank in a lawsuit against a mortgage lender for eight-figure losses.

Obtained a significant settlement on behalf of an employee who was sexually harassed and assaulted by her supervisor.

Wrote a federal appellate brief that resulted in the reversal of a U.S. District Court decision and a six-figure settlement recovery for a child who was sexually assaulted in state care.

Won summary judgment on behalf of an international labor union on claims of wrongful termination and retaliation brought by local union officers who had been terminated for financial malfeasance.

Secured dismissal of employment discrimination claims brought by a software developer against her employer.

Won summary judgment on behalf of an international union on seven figure state wage claims brought by a former employee.

Won summary judgment on behalf of an international union on claims of libel and defamation brought by a former employee.

Pro Bono Work

Obtained emergency protections for victim of domestic violence in custody dispute.

Obtained a favorable settlement for a mortgage fraud victim with a large mortgage lender, saving her family home from foreclosure.

Obtained health insurance proceeds for a student wrongfully denied coverage for a crucial surgery.

Drafted amicus curiae briefs for U.S. Supreme Court on Affordable Care Act, affirmative action in secondary level education, and state voter identification laws.

Presentations

  • The Impact of Legal Marijuana Use on the Workplace: Should employers hire marijuana users?, Jennifer Schrack Dempsey & Alyson Foster, Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention, September 2015
  • Overview of Written Discovery From a Lawyer’s Perspective, Idaho Association of Paralegals Spring Meeting, April 2015
  • How to Look Good in a Derivative Suit, Tom Banducci & Alyson Foster, Idaho Trial Lawyers’ Association Seminar, February 2015
  • Current Issues in Discovery and Retention of Electronically Stored Information, Boise In-House Counsel Working Group, January 2015

Professional Activities

  • Idaho Women Lawyers
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
  • Utah Women Lawyers
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association