New York-based Maritime Attorneys

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John R. Foster

Of Counsel

John has been practicing admiralty and maritime law since 1977. Prior to joining Lyons & Flood, he was a partner at a well-known New York maritime firm for over twenty years. His practice concentrates on commercial litigation, particularly in the federal courts. He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as in numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Several of these appeals concerned the interpretation of U.S. treaties such as the Warsaw Convention and the Lausanne Convention. He has successfully tried lawsuits to verdict, both jury and non-jury, in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. John has also conducted claims in arbitration, both before the American Arbitration Association and the Society of Maritime Arbitrators. His cases principally involve marine insurance and cargo claims, but he has also managed charter party, personal injury, and salvage disputes. His clients have typically been insurance companies (foreign and domestic) and commodities traders. He also acted for many years as a mediator in the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court (New York County)

John is married to his wife Patricia, and they have six children and three grandchildren.


Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S., cum laude, 1972
Georgetown University, School of Law, J.D., 1977
Georgetown University, Graduate School, M.S.F.S., 1978

Bar Admissions

New York
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


Maritime Lawyers Association of the United States
New York State Bar Association
Nassau County Bar Association