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Darryl J. Foster

New Orleans
(504) 596-6304
Vcard: Darryl J Foster.vcf

Darryl J. Foster was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University and received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law in 1975, where he was a member of the Loyola Law Review and Phi Delta Phi. Mr. Foster served as law clerk to Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John A. Dixon, Jr. from 1975 to 1976.

Mr. Foster's areas of practice are toxic torts, class actions & complex litigation, casualty litigation, products liability, and insurance coverage issues.

Presently, Mr. Foster is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association (Executive Committee and Past Chairman of the Section on Insurance, Compensation, Negligence, and Admiralty; and a member of the House of Delegates since 1995), the American Bar Association, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, and the New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel (Past Chairman).

Mr. Foster is admitted to the Louisiana Bar and to the bars of the United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

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Representative Cases

  • George Adams, et al v Monsanto Co., et al, no. 2002-32, Circuit Court for Little River County, Arkansas. Six week jury trial in Ashdown, Arkansas involving six plaintiffs alleging asbestos related disease from exposure to asbestos containing products at a paper mill. Monsanto was one of only four defendants to go to trial. Defense verdict as to all plaintiffs.
  • Minnie Robertson, et al v. Monsanto Co., no 04-995, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. Trial of bellweather plaintiffs (neighboring residents) alleging physical and emotional damages as a result of a release of synthesis gas at Monsanto’s Luling plant. The company stipulated to negligence and contested causation and damages. After the jury heard various experts, including air modeler, industrial hygienist, toxicologist and internist, they returned a complete defense verdict. Subsequently, the Court granted summary judgment on the remaining plaintiffs’ claims.
  • Buddy Graver, et al v. Monsanto Co., no. 45965, 29th Judicial District Court, Parish of St. Charles. Suit by 120 plus retired employees for hearing loss. After getting the claims of 123 dismissed before trial on statute of limitation grounds, see Graver v Monsanto Co., 01-C-55 ( La. App. 5 Cir. 1/19/2001) trial on the claims of the six original plaintiffs proceeded before the district judge. After plaintiffs presented their case, Monsanto moved for and was granted a judgment of dismissal with prejudice.
  • Sonya Turner, et al v. Pan-American Life Insurance Company, no. 04-450, United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana. Suit by participants of a 401(k) plan alleging breach of ERISA fiduciary duties by Pan-American. After the trial court denied class certification, the case proceeded to trial on the named plaintiffs’ claims. After the presentation of the evidence and post-trial briefing, the Court rendered judgment in favor of Pan-American, finding no breach of any ERISA duty.
  • John Martinez, et al v. Monsanto Co., no 04-3250, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans. Suit by husband and wife lab employees alleging each contracted thyroid cancer due to exposure to PCBs. Acting in concert with Monsanto’s national counsel for PCB litigation, we obtained a summary judgment in the client’s favor.


  • Loyola University School of Law Cum laude
  • Loyola Law Review
  • Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John A. Dixon, Jr. Judicial Law Clerk, (1975 -76)
  • AV® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell. CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories-legal ability and general ethical standards.
  • The Best Lawyers in America® - 2010-2016 -Insurance Law, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • One of the top lawyers in New Orleans in the 2009 issue of New Orleans Magazine for insurance - class actions, complex and multi-district litigation.

Professional & Civic Associations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association Executive Committee and Past Chairman of the Sections on Insurance, Compensation, Negligence, and Admiralty
  • House of Delegates, (1995-2002; 2005-present)
  • Board of Governors (2002-2005)
  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel, Past Chairman
  • Defense Research Institute
Practice Areas
  • Loyola University School of Law, J.D., 1975, cum laude
  • Louisiana State University
Bar Affiliations
  • Louisiana, 1975
Best Lawyers Award Badge


SHREVEPORT, LA 71101-5529
P: (318) 227-1131
F: (318) 227-1141

New Orleans

1100 POYDRAS, SUITE 2700
P: (504) 596-6300
F: (504) 596-6301

Baton Rouge

301 MAIN ST., SUITE 2100
P: (225) 490-5000
F: (225) 490-5001

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