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“If a client wants to talk on the weekend or for 5 hours on a Monday, that’s fine.  You have to take things off your calendar to make it work.”

Having a dad in politics, spirited debate was the norm around Shawn Foster’s household. This early influence and the desire to make a difference in the world pulled Shawn out of his hometown and into the field of plaintiffs law.

Shawn graduated from Central Missouri State with a Bachelors degree in Finance and a Masters degree in Science. He went on to earn his law degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

After graduating, Shawn chose plaintiffs law because it meant he got to have a voice for people who needed it. In his career, he’s enjoyed working with families of those who have been injured and providing support and answers during their challenging times.

Shawn joined DBJ in 2001 and the team atmosphere and collaboration has worked for him. “As a team you get all of our experience and effort and that really gets results for our clients,” says Shawn.

Foster has seen landmark success so far in his career, receiving the highest wrongful death verdict in St. Louis County, Missouri ($9.5 million). It was the second largest verdict in Missouri in 2007.

If Shawn isn’t working hard at DBJ, you can find him on the soccer field with his kids. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Shawn Foster has a clear vision of his purpose as a lawyer:  “When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the legal system usually ends up in a really good place. So, what I view my role as, is making sure the legal system is freely accessible to everyone and giving people that voice and that power.”
Having a father in politics, spirited debate was the norm around Shawn’s household.  This early influence and the desire to make a difference for people with whom he perceived as not having an equal voice, eventually pulled Shawn out of his hometown and into the practice of law.

Shawn spent his first three years of practice representing insurance companies and their insureds, as well as fortune 500 companies throughout the United States.  This gave Shawn first hand insight into how un-level the playing field can be if injured victims don’t have an experienced and successful team of attorneys representing them.  After his experience working with insurance companies, Shawn chose to dedicate the rest of his career to representing individuals that have been injured or wronged by someone else’s wrongdoing.  This choice allowed him to provide a voice and a level playing field for the individuals with whom he felt needed it the most.

Shawn joined DBJ in 2001 and the team atmosphere and collaboration has been a perfect fit for him.  “With the unlimited resources that insurance companies and fortune 500 companies have at their disposal, it is important that the individual that has been injured or wronged has a law firm with the financial wherewithal and resources to hold the wrongdoer accountable.  Because of the financial wherewithal of DBJ and the ‘team approach’, it allows me to have the same, if not better, resources than the insurance companies have, which in return allows me to thoroughly investigate a case and retain the best experts in the world so that justice is obtained,” says Shawn.

The team approach has been a successful formula for Shawn and has allowed him to have a diverse litigation practice. Shawn has represented individuals injured by the negligence and fraud of others throughout the world.  Mr. Foster has represented plaintiffs residing in 46 states and Canada.

Shawn’s zealous representation of his clients has been noticed by some of the most respected judges in the United States.  Shawn has been selected by federal judges, to serve on steering committees in some of the nation’s largest litigation efforts.  Shawn’s appointments by the federal bench include serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Vioxx MDL Litigation and serving on the Plaintiffs’ Discovery Committee in the In Re: Bextra And Celebrex Marketing Sales Practices And Product Liability Litigation.

Shawn’s cases have been discussed through dozens of broadcast, print and online news outlets across the country.

Shawn has seen landmark success so far in his career.  Mr. Foster verdicts and settlements have consistently been included in the year-end best in Missouri lists.  A few of his notable verdicts and settlements are:

  • The highest wrongful death verdict in Orange County, California ($10.25 million) against a rehabilitation facility.
  • Saint Louis Jury awarded $48.4 million to an energy company that sued Chicago Title Insurance Co. for negligence.  The award was the largest plaintiff verdict ever in St. Louis County and was also the state’s largest plaintiff verdict that year.
  • The highest wrongful death verdict in St. Louis County, Missouri ($9.5 million). It was the second largest verdict of 2007 in Missouri.
  • Settlement for $10.5 million in his Jackson County lawsuit against the confidential warehouse facility and two confidential aerial lift defendants for a painter who received an electrical shock while power washing a warehouse.
  • A $10 million dollar settlement with confidential defendant for brain injury to a child.
  • A $5.9 million dollar confidential settlement with trucking company.
  • A $1 million dollar settlement for two Kansas University students injured in a car accident in Colorado, Missouri.
  • Multiple settlements in excess of $1 million dollars, but due to confidentiality provisions in the settlement, Shawn is unable to disclose facts and/or parties of the litigation.
  • Settlement of multiple cases for amounts less than $1 million dollars.
  • Represented over 150 clients that received diluted chemotherapy drugs. In the first trial DBJ obtained a $2.2 billion verdict, which eventually led to a confidential settlement.
  • Represented over 250 cox-2 clients (Vioxx, Bextra and Celebrex) and has obtained individual settlements for each plaintiff.
  • Represented over a hundred individual farmers and mills in Louisiana and Arkansas stemming from Bayer contaminating the United States rice supply with genetically modified rice and has obtained individual settlements for each plaintiff.
  • Settlement of a payment fraud case for over a hundred individual farmers and their entities in Missouri and Illinois against Archer Daniels Midland.
  • Shawn currently represents over 450 plaintiffs stemming from injuries they sustained from dangerous vaginal mesh medical implant products.

Thomson Reuters – Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Recognition

Kansas City Business Journal – Best of the Bar

National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyer

Martindale-Hubbell – AV Peer Review Rating (highest possible rating)