Michael S. Foster
Areas of Focus
Corporate Directors & Officers Liability Litigation
Financial and Securities Litigation
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
UMKC Law Review
Marvin Rich Scholarship recipient
, Drake University
Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Fraternity
All Academic Missouri Valley First Team for Golf at Drake
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Michael Foster grew up fascinated by the stock market and finance in general. By age seven, he was reading the business page of the
Kansas City Star.
After majoring in finance and minoring in accounting at Drake University, he went to law school in his hometown of Kansas City. Michael now uses his finance and accounting background to concentrate on financial and fiduciary litigation. He also handles complex business litigation matters for both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts across the country.
With another Polsinelli attorney, received the Legal Champion Award from the Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2018 for successful representation of an inmate over health concerns, where the verdict led Missouri prisons to go smoke-free.
American Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
The Missouri Bar
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City
First-chaired a jury trial in a pro bono case in the Western District of Missouri for two-time convicted felon that alleged second-hand smoke was harming him. The inmate received the largest known verdict for a prisoner second-hand smoking case and led to a smoking ban throughout Missouri prisons.
Obtained judgment in bench tried case regarding ownership of residence.
Obtained judgment in bench tried case regarding promissory note.
Defeated an effort by the Federal Trade Commission to have the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri enjoin and appointment a receiver to the operations of a manufacturer of bitcoin mining equipment. The FTC has lost fewer than 1% of its motions for preliminary injunctions.
Challenged a large European bank in District of Kansas bankruptcy court before the bank ultimately accepted the clients' offer to settle the matter before trial.
Involved in the bankruptcy preference actions of one of the largest bankruptcies in Kansas City history, representing and securing millions of dollars for the creditors’ trust.
Defended an insurance agent in FINRA arbitration action seeking millions of dollars. Settled the lawsuit for nearly nothing the week before trial.
Cryptocurrency Class Action Lawsuits: A New Frontier
Issuers of Tokens Beware: Class Action Lawsuits Are Coming
This Article Will Self-Destruct: Your Employees’ Use of These ESI-Destroying Apps Could Subject You to Sanctions
June 24, 2014
Publications & Presentations
Red Flags Part III: Director and Officer Liability
American Bankruptcy Institute Journal
Polsinelli Announces Election of 31 New Shareholders Nationwide
November 1, 2016
"I try my hardest to understand clients’ businesses and what they do to be successful. You need to know how they run their business to provide the best legal advice."
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