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Erika N. Foster - San Diego, CA

3830 Valley Center DriveSuite 705-625 San Diego, CA 92130

Updated: 09/04/2008

San Diego Family Law Lawyer

Overview

Ms. Foster is an attorney and certified mediator who focuses her practice on family and employment law matters. As an attorney, she advocates for the best interests of her individual and business clients...

Ms. Foster is an attorney and certified mediator who focuses her practice on family and employment law matters. As an attorney, she advocates for the best interests of her individual and business clients. In handling disputes, Ms. Foster assists her clients to achieve expedited and cost-effective resolutions, where appropriate, through detailed case assessment and mediation or negotiations, as well as representing clients in court, arbitration and administrative hearings? She also provides her clients with legal counseling to assist them in complying with applicable legal standards and best practices.

As a mediator, Ms. Foster assists parties in reaching a voluntary and mutually beneficial settlement outside of the adversarial environment of the courtroom. She is able to bring a neutral perspective, her knowledge of the law and multiple, facilitative tools to assist the parties in overcoming any impasses or difficulties in communication.

In her practice, she focuses on the following legal issues:

Family Law:

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Property and Asset Division
  • Premarital and Marital Agreements
  • Divorce and Family Mediation

Employment Law:

  • Employment Law Counseling
  • Employment and Severance Agreements
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Workplace Investigations and Audits
  • Employment Mediation

Prior Experience

Before becoming a solo practitioner, Ms. Foster worked at Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she represented multinational corporations and investment banks on employment law and executive compensation issues. Her experience includes handling labor and employment matters in connection with complex corporate transactions, including Cadbury Schweppes' $4.2 billion acquisition of Pfizer's Adams candy business, Barrick Gold Corporation's $2.3 billion acquisition of Homestake Mining Company and Viacom's spin off of Blockbuster. In addition, her experience includes handling the following, among other things:

  • Employee terminations, including reductions in force and individual terminations.
  • Compensation and benefit plans.
  • SEC filings and corporate governance matters.
  • Due diligence reviews and audits.
  • Human resource policies and procedures, including employee handbooks and company communications.
  • Employment agreements and severance arrangements for senior executives (including change-in-control, non-compete, trade secret, indemnification and consulting agreements).

About Erika N. Foster

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Sole Practitioner

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Property and Asset Division
  • Divorce and Family Mediation
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Law Counseling
  • Employment and Severance Agreements
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Workplace Investigations and Audits
  • Employment Mediation

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2008
  • Connecticut, 2001
  • New York, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California

Specialties and Certifications

  • Mediation Training and Certification, National Conflict Resolution Center

Other Affiliations

  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section and Labor and Employment Law Section
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law Section and Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (Professional Member)

Classes and Seminars

  • "Mediating the Litigated Case" Mediation Training, Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law

Past Positions

  • Shearman & Sterling, LLP, Associate, 2000 - 2004
  • Shearman & Sterling, LLP, Law Clerk, 1999 - 2000

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
    J.D.
    Honors: Citation for Achievement, Connecticut General Assembly, 2004
  • Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York
    B.A.
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Major: Sociology

Office Information

Address

3830 Valley Center DriveSuite 705-625 San Diego, CA 92130

Fax

  • (858) 673-2609

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