Armstrong Teasdale Employment & Labor Attorney Receives 2016 Distinguished Young Alumni Award

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Washington University School of Law selects Jovita Foster for prestigious award

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“I’ve had the good fortune of watching Jovita’s career progress at our firm, and not only is she incredibly dedicated to her practice, but she is also very involved in her community,” said Michael A. Chivell, managing partner at Armstrong Teasdale.

Armstrong Teasdale, a law firm with offices across the United States and in China, is proud to announce that Employment and Labor litigator Jovita Foster will be honored on April 7 with a 2016 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from her alma mater, Washington University School of Law. Foster is a member of the Armstrong Teasdale Executive Committee, and also chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

The Distinguished Young Law Alumni Award honors successful alumni who have graduated in the past 25 years. Serving as examples for other Washington University law students and alumni, the honorees demonstrate the school’s high standards of leadership, progressive thinking, uncompromising integrity, commitment, courage, and confidence.

“I’ve had the good fortune of watching Jovita’s career progress at our firm, and not only is she incredibly dedicated to her practice, but she is also very involved in her community,” said Michael A. Chivell, managing partner at Armstrong Teasdale. “We are certainly proud to have her on our team, and look forward to all she has yet to accomplish. Washington University School of Law has selected an impressive recipient for this award, and it’s well-deserved.”

As a member of the Employment and Labor practice, Foster defends employers in a wide range of disputes including those involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, violations of public policy, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. She also helps employers develop policies and procedures aimed at preventing workplace problems. Foster’s clients include government agencies, municipalities, higher education systems and businesses of all sizes.

Since 2014, Foster has been listed in Chambers USA as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Labor and Employment Law. In 2015, she received the St. Louis American Salute to Young Leaders Award. Foster was given the Women’s Justice Rising Star Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly, and named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2014. She has been named a Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer® for the past three years, and also received the Outstanding Achievement in Practice Award from the Black Law Student Association at Washington University in 2013.

Foster has also built a reputation as a champion for diversity within the firm and the broader community. Outside the firm, she provides pro bono legal services to the Urban League of St. Louis, serving as the organization’s general counsel and a board member. Foster’s other volunteer activities include: Junior Achievement; Women’s Leadership Giving Initiative for the United Way of Greater St. Louis; and Aim High, which helps empower motivated middle school students from high-risk environments.

Admitted to practice in Missouri and Illinois, Foster graduated from the University of Missouri in 1997 with her B.A. and went on to earn her J.D. at Washington University School of Law in 2000. As a student, she received the Milton F. Napier Award and the American College of Trial Lawyers Medal, both for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. Foster is based in the firm’s St. Louis office.

About Armstrong Teasdale: With lawyers in offices across the United States and in China, Armstrong Teasdale LLP has a demonstrable track record of delivering sophisticated legal advice and exceptional service to a dynamic client base. Whether an issue is local or global, practice area specific or industry related, Armstrong Teasdale provides each client with an invaluable combination of legal resources and practical advice in nearly every area of law. The firm is a member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms with locations in more than 100 countries, and the United States Law Firm Group, a network of 18 law firms headquartered in major U.S. cities. Armstrong Teasdale is listed in the Am Law 200, published by The American Lawyer, and the NLJ 250, published by The National Law Journal. For more information, please visit http://www.armstrongteasdale.com.

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