Michael D. Foster

Phone: (304) 340-1238 | Fax: (304) 340-1080 | Email: mfoster@jacksonkelly.com
500 Lee Street East, Suite 1600, Charleston, WV 25301-3202

Michael D. Foster is Of Counsel with the Firm practicing in the Tax Practice Group. Mr. Foster's practice focuses upon employee benefits. From 2007 through 2014, Mr. Foster served as the Firm's Managing Member, having previously served as Assistant Managing Member from 2002-2007 and as a member of the Firm's Executive Committee for two separate terms. In 1989, he co-founded the Employee Benefits Group of the Firm and has headed the Group since that time.
The Employee Benefits Group focuses on providing administrative and consulting services in the qualified plan area and employs a staff of six non-lawyers. It provides administrative services to over 200 defined contribution plans and provides legal services to clients of the Firm. Mr. Foster's practice focuses on the design of qualified plans for owner-employees and the leveraging of employer contributions in favor of owners and highly-compensated employees. In addition, he advises clients with regard to their fiduciary duties under ERISA. Mr. Foster also is actively involved in the non-qualified plan arena and has significant experience in deferred compensation plans for not-for-profit organizations. 

Mr. Foster is past President of the Charleston Estate Planning Council and has been listed in Woodward/White's publication The Best Lawyers in America® for more than two decades. While attending New York University, he was a student Editor of the Tax Law Review. On a local level, he is a past member of the Board of Directors and served as Treasurer of the Berry Hills Country Club and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Charleston Tennis Club.
Legal Experience
1979 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
1975Kay, Casto & Chaney
1978LL.M.New York University (Tax)
1975J.D.West Virginia University College of Law
1972B.S.West Virginia University (Finance)
Bar Admissions
1975West Virginia

Professional Involvement:
  • American Bar Association
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Charleston Estate Planning Council, President 1983-1984

  • Edgewood Country Club
  • Charleston Tennis Club (Board Member, 1998-2000)

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Speaker, "What Does Health Care Reform Mean Today?," West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants 93rd Annual Meeting, The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, June 15, 2011
  • Frequent lectures on employee benefit topics. Representative groups: Eastern Mineral Law Institute, West Virginia State Bar, West Virginia Tax Institute, Charleston and Huntington Estate Planning Councils

Writings and Publications:
  • Corporate Editor, West Virginia Law Review, 1974-1975
  • Student Editor, Tax Law Review, 1977-1978
  • "UMWA Retiree Health Benefits," 13 Eastern Mineral Law Institute

Awards and Honors:
  • West Virginia State Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 1989-2018
  • Order of the Coif
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
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