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David Lee Foster

David Lee Foster, American lawyer. Bar: Iowa 1957, New York 1958, Ohio 1964, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1975.


  • Foster, David Lee was born on December 13, 1933 in Des Moines. Son of Carl Dewitt and Dorothy Jo (Bell) Foster.

  • Education

    • Student, Simpson College, 1952. Bachelor, University Iowa, 1954. Juris Doctor, University Iowa, 1957.


    • Associate Cravath, Swaine & Moore, New York City, 1957-1963. From associate to partner Jones, Day, Cockley & Reavis, Cleveland, 1963-1972. Partner, counsel Willkie Farr & Gallagher, New York City, 1972—2004.

      Counsel Trachtenberg Rodes & Friedberg, since 2007. Lecturer Southern Methodist University, 1979-1984, University Pittsburgh, 1984, Practicing Law Institute, New York City, 1984-1985. Member advisory board Civil RICO Report LRP Publications, 1988-2007.

      Board governors New York Insurance Exchange, 1987-1996. Board directors Dowling Corporation.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Iowa 1957, New York 1958, Ohio 1964, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1975.


    • Contributor chapters to book, articles to legal journals.


    Member, board trustees Cardigan Mountain School, 1995-2004, vice president, 2002-2003. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1952-1960. Fellow American College Trial Lawyers, International Academy Trial Lawyers (board directors 1987-1992).

    Member American Counsel Association (president 1994-1995, board directors 1992-1998), Order of Coif, Phi Beta Kappa.


    • Married Marilyn Lee Bokemeier, August 12, 1957 (divorced June 1978). Children: Gwendolyn Foster Reed, Cynthia Foster Curry, David Lee Junior (deceased). Married Kathleen Carol Walsh, March 24, 1979.

      1 child, John Wickersham.
    • father: Carl Dewitt Foster
    • mother: Dorothy Jo (Bell) Foster
    • spouses: Marilyn Lee Bokemeier
    • Kathleen Carol Walsh
    • children: Gwendolyn Foster Reed Foster
    • Cynthia Foster Curry Foster
    • David Lee Junior Foster (deceased)
    • John Wickersham Foster
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    Born December 13, 1933