Martin Foster – Chairman of the Board of Trustees, New England Law | Boston, Senior Partner, Foster & Eldridge, LLP
Martin C. Foster graduated from Boston College High School in 1970, Colgate University (B.A. 1974) and New England Law | Boston (J.D., cum laude, 1980) where he was also a senior editor of the Law Review. He was admitted to practice in Massachusetts in 1980. Between 1974 and 1981, he was employed by the United States House of Representatives. He worked for Hon. Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr. (research assistant), Hon. Bella Abzug (legislative assistant), Hon. Harold E. Ford (speech writer and chief-of-staff), and Hon. J. Joseph Moakley (legislative assistant, legal counsel and campaign manager).
He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of New England Law | Boston and has been a Board Member since 1980. He also served as its President from 1997 to 2007. He served as Chair of the Trustees’ Committees on Faculty Recruitment and Retention, Faculty Tenure, and Endowment. He has received both the Massachusetts Bar Association Community Service Award and the Public Service Award. He has also repeatedly been named a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” by Boston Magazine and he is ranked among New England’s “Top 100 Lawyers” and Massachusetts’ “Top 100 Lawyers.” He has also been named one of “Boston’s Best Lawyers.” He has been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America. He also received the Rx for Excellence Award, honoring best practices in medicine by the Massachusetts Medical Law Report in 2009. He has served on the Board of Directors of Cambridge Community Services (a United Way planning agency). He is a frequent lecturer and author on the subjects of professional liability and medical malpractice. He is admitted to practice in the following Courts: United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, United States District Court for the Districts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the State of New Hampshire.
Present areas of concentration include: Defense of medical providers in malpractice actions and before regulatory boards, agencies, and committees. He also focuses in the defense of employment actions, products liability, and complex tort litigation.
He is a member of the following bar associations: American (member of the sections on Health Law, Legal Education, and Admission to the Bar), Massachusetts (member of Health Law section, where he was a member of the Health Law Section Council from 2007 to 2009. He also served on the Amicus Committee), New Hampshire (member of Health Law section), Boston (member of Health Law section), Defense Research Institute, Cambridge-Arlington-Belmont (President, 1993), Massachusetts Trial Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, Catholic Lawyers Guild of Boston, a Fellow of the American and Massachusetts Bar Foundations, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Trial Advocates (President, Massachusetts Chapter, 2011).
Mr. Foster was also lead author of a journal article entitled, “Don’t Get Stuck: Massachusetts and New Hampshire Require ‘Actual Exposure’ to Maintain a Cause of Action for HIV/AIDS-Phobia,” Foster, Fiore & Sousa, Vol. II, No. 1, Massachusetts Bar Institute, Section Review, Health Law, page 23, et seq. (2009).