Anne D. Foster, Partner

Anne Foster is an experienced trial lawyer and trusted business advisor. She serves on the Executive Committee and is the Co-Leader of the Litigation Practice Group at Dunn Carney.  She also recently founded and leads the firm’s task force dedicated to implementing practical solutions for better retention and advancement of women lawyers.  She specializes in complicated business disputes and catastrophic injury claims. Her key focus is on finding ways to protect her client’s interests and avoid protracted litigation.  She has also successfully tried to verdict well over 45 cases in Oregon and Washington.  Anne gets results while providing personal attention to each of her clients.  Anne was selected for inclusion in 2009 Oregon Rising Stars in Business Litigation by Oregon Super Lawyers.   She is also a member of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Team as well as the Insurance Defense team at Dunn Carney.

Anne is a highly sought after presenter for both legal and trade organizations regarding litigation issues, including topics such as how to avoid litigation and how to argue your case and use technology in the courtroom.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Anne was the speech writer for David Frohnmayer, former President of the University of Oregon and Attorney General of Oregon. She also assisted the National Association of Attorneys General in distributing over $9.6 billion of discretionary funds from the national tobacco settlement to the many states and provinces involved.

When not practicing law, Anne enjoys spending time with her two girls-both of whom are wholly unimpressed with their mom’s trial skills.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1999
  • Washington, 2000
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, 2002
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2003


  • University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • University of Oregon, B.A., 1993

Recent Results


  • Defense Verdict– injuries totaling $420k as a result of injuries from a shade umbrella.
  • Defense Verdict– injuries totaling $500k as a result of a slip and fall.
  • Defense Verdict– property and lost profits claim against rental agency.
  • Defense Verdict-$500,000 12 person jury verdict award for defendants. Plaintiffs breached the contract relating to lease of dairy and defendants awarded $500,000 in lost profits.
  • Successful resolution for tea processor of claims arising from international recall of product.


  • $1,950,000 settlement of wrongful death claim.
  • $1,250,000 12 person jury verdict finding Li Ning, a Chinese athletic shoe company retaliated against director level employee who complained that he was demoted because of his race and/or national origin. Link to story in Oregonian.
  • $1,150,000 settlement of traumatic brain injury matter.
  • $1,000,000 policy limits settlement of wrongful death claim.
  • $750,000 12 person jury verdict finding Land O’Lakes Purina liable for destroying family dairy herd with toxic feed. Link to stories in The Oregonian,  The Capital Press, and The Daily Astorian.
  • $620,000 voluntary judgment against Riverview Community Bank for retaliation against one of its former employees who uncovered fraud at the bank. Links to articles in The Columbian, published June 10, 2014 and December 12, 2012.
  • $515,000 settlement of injuries from motor vehicle accident.
  • $460,000 settlement of employee’s whistle-blower retaliation claim against Port of Astoria.
  • $328,000 seven-person verdict in federal court finding direct coast to coast liable for refusing to remove a false lien from an Oregon family cranberry farm.
  • $250,000 settlement of injuries as a result of slip and fall.
  • Confidential amount paid to former Thai cooks working at the now defunct Typhoon! restaurant. Links to articles in The Oregonian and Portland Business Journal.
  • Confidential amount paid to former internist as result of traumatic brain injury.

Results achieved on behalf of one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate that similar results can be obtained for other clients.

Professional Associations

  • Executive Committee, DCA, 2015 to present
  • Practice Group Leader, Litigation, DCA, 2014 to present
  • Women’s Foundation of Oregon, Board Member, 2015 to present
  • Campaign for Equal Justice, Firm Representative, 2014 to present
  • Retention and Advancement Task Force Leader, DCA, 2014 to present
  • Annual Providence Portland Medical Foundation Positive Perspectives Cancer Luncheon, Committee Member, 2009 to present
  • Soulful Giving– local organization raising money to support cancer research and care, former Board Member, 2010 to 2013
  • Oregon State Bar, Product Liability Section, Member of the Executive Committee, 2004
  • Washington State Bar, Member
  • Oregon Women Lawyers, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Multnomah Bar Association


  • Food Safety Risk Assessment, Columbia Bank Ag Summit, April 2015
  • Organizer, Dunn Carney Water Summit, February 2015
  • Faculty, Annual Oregon Trial Advocacy College, October 2014
  • Employment Law: Hot Topics and Trends- Whistleblowers, After-Acquired Evidence and Social Media, Oregon Paralegals Association, October 2014
  • Lights, Camera, Action! Use of Technology in the Courtroom, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Annual Convention, June 2014
  • Food Borne Illness Litigation, Oregon Fresh Market Growers Annual Meeting, Feb. 2014
  • Faculty, Annual Oregon Trial Advocacy College, October 2013
  • Using an Ipad at Trial- Is this a game changer?  Starbucks Litigation Summit, May 2012
  • Litigation Revolution: How the iPad Might Change the Game, Meritas Annual Meeting, April 2012
  • Food Safety Panel-Overview and Background of Liability Issues, Dunn Carney Ag Summit, January 2011
  • Panelist, Care and Treatment of Your Other Client – the Insured, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC) Annual Summer Conference, 2003
  • Divorcing the Married Product: Must A ‘Good’ Product Warn of a ‘Bad’ Product Simply Because They Are Used Together?, DRI Product Liability Conference, 2000

Published Works


Oregon Business Litigation Attorney
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