Ronald J. Foster Jr.
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Ronald J. Foster, Jr., is a native of the Village of Glen Carbon, Illinois. He was educated in School District #7 and graduated from Edwardsville Senior High School in 1989. In 1994, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana. Thereafter, he enrolled at The John Marshall School of Law and received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1997. Mr. Foster is licensed to practice law in the states of Illinois and Missouri. He presently lives in the Village of Glen Carbon with his wife, Jamie, a native of Granite City, Illinois, and their three children.
Mr. Foster has been engaged in the practice of law since 1997. Throughout that time, he has focused his practice to representing individuals and estates having claim(s) for personal injury, wrongful death, workers’ compensation benefits, and social security disability benefits. During his career, he has litigated civil cases in various Circuit Courts in Illinois and Missouri as well as the Federal Southern District Court of Illinois. Mr. Foster has also litigated cases for injured workers before the Illinois Industrial Commission and the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation. In addition, he has represented clients at appeal hearings before the Office of Hearings and Appeals of the Social Security Administration and has argued appeals before the Appellate Court for the Fourth and Fifth District of Illinois. As a litigator, Mr. Foster knows what it is like to handle a case the moment it comes through his door, through a jury trial and ultimately through the Appellate Court’s final determination.
Mr. Foster comes from a working class family with strong union affiliations. He has several extended family members that belong to the Steelworker’s Union. His maternal grandfather worked as a coal miner for the Madison Coal Corporation’s Glen Carbon Mine. His paternal grandfather supported his family working as a pipe fitter for Shell Oil Company. Unfortunately, some family members have suffered injuries while on the job – some life altering. Through these experiences Mr. Foster learned how much stress and pain an injury can inflict upon a worker and his family. He has learned how certain working conditions can be a causative factor in the injury or death of a worker. Mr. Foster firmly believes in a quote stated by famed attorney Clarence Darrow “as long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.” Consequently, Mr. Foster has dedicated his career to helping injured persons redress the wrongs they have suffered and to obtain the justice he or she deserves.
Mr. Foster’s professional memberships include the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Missouri Bar Association, the St. Clair County Bar Association and the Madison County Bar Association. The Madison County Bar Association is a legal organization of over 400 attorneys serving the needs of the attorneys and residents of Madison County, Illinois, part of the greater St. Louis metro-area. Mr. Foster has held every officer position within the Madison County Bar Association and in 2011 was elected as the President of the Madison County Bar Association where he served in that capacity for the 2011-2012 term.
Mr. Foster is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 4000 members located throughout the country. Less than 1% of U. S. Lawyers are members. Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy, and provides members with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral and information exchange in major cases.
Mr. Foster has also received the prestigious AV preeminent® recognition of Martindale Hubbell®. This excellence rating, which recognizes Mr. Foster’s high ethical standards and exceptional legal abilities, is bestowed upon less than 5 percent (5%) of attorneys nationwide. An AV preeminent rating is the highest achievement offered through the Martindale Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™. Mr. Foster is now listed in the Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory, which connects attorneys across the country.
Further, Mr. Foster has been selected in Illinois as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of personal injury and workers’ compensation. To be an Illinois Leading Lawyer you must be recommended by peers to be among the top lawyers in the areas of practice. Less than 5 percent (5%) of all lawyers licensed in the State receive such a distinction. In 2016, he was also selected the “10 Best” attorneys for the client satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.
In addition to his legal accomplishments, Mr. Foster has always had a strong sense of community and public service stemming from his youth and the traditions set forth by his father. Mr. Foster’s father, Ronald J. Foster, Sr., served as Mayor of the Village of Glen Carbon for twenty years and Trustee for sixteen years prior to that time. Many positive changes occurred during his leadership in the Village of Glen Carbon. In recognition of his accomplishments, the Village of Glen Carbon named the Heritage Bike Trail after him to honor his legacy and dedication to its citizens.
Mr. Foster continues the tradition of community and public service that was established by his father. As a youth, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and as part of his Eagle Scout project he uncovered and cleaned up the cemetery of Colonel Samuel Judy, the first settler of Madison County, Illinois. He also assisted in the restoration of the Yanda Log Cabin, which is now an established historical site in the Village of Glen Carbon. Mr. Foster previously held a position on the Bishop’s Committee for St. Thomas Episcopal Church where he also served as Sunday school teacher. He is currently an active member of the New Bethel Methodist Church in Glen Carbon where he has served as a member of its Finance Committee, New Building Study Committee and as the Chairman of the Debt Reduction Committee.
Mr. Foster has also been a long time elected Edwardsville Township Democratic Precinct Committeeman. He presently serves as the Chairman of the Edwardsville Township Precinct Committeemen which is comprised of 29 precincts. Furthermore, he is a member of the Executive Board of the Madison County Democratic Party and serves on the Central Committee for the Madison County Democratic Party. Presently he is the Correspondence Secretary for the Madison County Democratic Party. He is a member of the Edwardsville Township Democratic Club where he also previously served as its President. He is also a member of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Its members are male descendants of people who served in the Revolutionary War; or who contributed to establishing the independence of the United States.
Mr. Foster has previously served on Board of Directors of Heartlands Conservancy. Heartlands Conservancy, with offices in Mascoutah, is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with landowners and community leaders to permanently protect farms, forests, wetlands, wildlife habitat, open spaces and scenic vistas. The organization is dedicated to providing leadership and solutions to sustain and enrich the environmental resources of Southwestern Illinois through Conservation of Open Space and Building Greener Communities.
Mr. Foster also served as a Trustee on the Glen Carbon Fire Protection District Board. This is a five member board that oversees the fire district’s operations. The fire protection district’s duties include executing duties related to the fire commission, labor and employment, collective bargaining, pensions, budgets, and levies. Thirty-five members, including firefighters, two paramedics and eight EMTs, provide fire and EMS services. The members are housed at two fire stations. Station One, at 199 Main St. in Glen Carbon, serves as the main communication center for the district. It houses an ambulance, a rescue truck and two pumper trucks. Station Two includes the main offices for ambulance services and district trustee offices. Located at 430 Glen Carbon Road, Station Two houses a brush truck, an aerial truck, a pumper truck, a rescue truck, a pickup truck and two pumper trucks. The Glen Carbon Fire Protection District serves a population of nearly 13,000. Last year dispatchers there answered more than 1,000 emergency calls.
As a father of three, Mr. Foster has been active with youth sports and activities. He was a coach in the Edwardsville Little Tiger Football program, the Edwardsville Little League Baseball, the Edwardsville YMCA Youth Basketball League and the City of Edwardsville Basketball League. Mr. Foster has also previously been a certified PADI Open Water Diver and NAUI Rescue Diver. He hopes in the future his children will follow in his footsteps and become certified divers and explore the underwater world that he had enjoyed.
- Areas of Practice:
- Workers’ Compensation
- Personal Injury / Wrongful Death
- Trucking / Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Product Liability
- Premises Liability
- Social Security Disability
- Bar Admissions:
- Illinois, 1997
- Missouri, 1999
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1997
- University of Illinois, Champaign – Urbana, IL, 1994
- Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Madison County Bar Association
- (Secretary 2006-2007, Treasurer 2008-2009, Second Vice President 2009-2010, First Vice President 2010-2011, President 2011-2012, 2014-2015 Chairman of Speakers’ Bureau)
- American Association for Justice
- Missouri Bar Association
- St. Clair County Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association