John Foster handles corporate transactional and finance work. Mr. Foster’s practice encompasses the areas of corporate, municipal finance, limited partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Foster practiced corporate law with an emphasis on project finance, SEC-registered and international transactions.

He has been a speaker on real estate, tax law, resort development and other topics at continuing education, ALI/ABA, bar association and academic conferences. Mr. Foster speaks conversational French and has a working knowledge of Spanish. 

Mr. Foster has been listed by Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Governance Law. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Member

Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Member

National Association of Bond Lawyers, Member

Palmetto Seed Capital Corporation, President

South Carolina Tax Review Board, Chairman (1981-1988)


  • Harvard Law School, J.D. (1976)
    cum laude
  • University of Oxford, M.A. (1972)

    first honours

  • University of Oxford, B.A. (1972)
  • Davidson College, A.B. (1970)

Bar Admissions

  • New York (1978)
  • South Carolina (1977)

Who We Are

Suite 2800, 1100 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA, 30309-4528
t +1 404.815.6322
f +1 404.541.3472
P. O. Box 11607
Columbia, SC, 29211
t +1 803.744.3400
f +1 803.765.0081

John W. Foster

Experience Highlights

Counsel to the Governor of South Carolina in Constitutional Challenge Regarding Utilization of Federal Stimulus Funds
Represented Governor Mark Sanford in the South Carolina Supreme Court and the United States District Court in connection with his efforts to shift more
Counsel to the State of South Carolina Regarding Interstate Port Development Treaty
Represented the State of South Carolina in connection with the execution of a historic bi-state agreement with the State of Georgia providing for the more
Counsel to AT&T/BellSouth Regarding South Carolina Corporate Headquarters Development
Represented AT&T/BellSouth in connection with the construction of its corporate headquarters towers in South Carolina. Provided project counsel more
Charleston International Ports, LLC v. SC State Ports Authority (SCSPA)
Serves as outside counsel to the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA), the fourth busiest container port in North America. In that more