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Shawn Foster is a partner with Davis, Bethune and Jones, LLC, where his focus is on complex litigation and serious injury and death claims. Throughout his legal career, he has handled wrongful death cases, as well as serious injury cases in a variety of areas including, products liability, railroad crossing accidents, automotive negligence, class action, and mass tort. The cases Shawn has been involved in have resulted in settlements or verdicts in excess of 2.2 billion dollars. Mr. Foster has been recognized by the Missouri Kansas Super Lawyer Magazine as well as his peers as a “Super Lawyer” and as a “Rising Star”. Mr. Foster has an AV Peer Review Rating from the Martindale-Hubble law directory, which is the highest given.


Mr. Foster dedicates his practice to the representation of victims and consumers injured by the negligence and fraud of others. Mr. Foster is an experienced litigator, having tried and argued many cases in both state and federal courts throughout the country, as well as having argued in many appellate courts. Mr. Foster has represented plaintiffs living both in the United States and other countries. Mr. Foster has represented plaintiffs residing in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Tennessee, Kansas, Michigan, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Washington, Colorado, California, Iowa, Nevada, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Georgia and Canada.

Mr. Foster is admitted to practice before the Missouri Supreme Court, the Missouri Court of Appeals, the Kansas Supreme Court, the Kansas Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the United States District Court of the District of Kansas, the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Foster has argued before the Western District Court of Appeals and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Due to the nature of his practice, Mr. Foster has also been admitted pro hac vice in many courts throughout the country. Mr. Foster has argued before state appellate courts as well as the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Mr. Foster has been selected by his peers to be a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys Board of Governors. Mr. Foster is also a founding member of the University of Missouri- Kansas City Trial Advocacy Board. He is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Kansas Bar Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the American Association of Justice, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Legal Aid and is a frequent speaker at seminars which focus on trial tactics and strategy.

Mr. Foster graduated from Central Missouri State with a B.S. degree in finance and a Masters of Science degree. Mr. Foster graduated law school from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, teaching the courses of “Trial Advocacy I & II.” In addition to his busy litigation practice, Mr. Foster regularly speaks to other attorneys and students on important legal issues and is a consistent contributor to legal publications throughout the country.

Selected by Federal Judges, to serve on Steering Committees in some of the nation’s largest litigation, Mr. Foster’s appointments by the federal bench include:

U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon, Eastern District of Louisiana, to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Vioxx MDL Litigation; U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer, to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Discovery Committee in the In Re: Bextra And Celebrex Marketing Sales Practices And Product Liability Litigation.

Mr. Foster has recently been interviewed and quoted by numerous publication, including but not limited to the Los Angeles Times, Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly and the Kansas City Business Journal regarding his class action lawsuit on behalf of automobile dealerships in the In Re: Toyota litigation.


Mr. Foster settlements have consistently been listed in the “year end” top ten Verdicts and Settlements in Missouri.

Mr. Foster received the highest wrongful death verdict in St. Louis County, Missouri (9.5 million). It was the second largest verdict of 2007 in Missouri. Former NHL player's wrongful death suit ends in record $9.5M verdict for St. Louis County; Canadian law applied to show rental company liable.

Mr. Foster received the highest verdict (2.5 million) for cervical injury in Jackson County, Missouri. Plaintiff, then 23, was traveling south on Missouri Highway 7 when Kyle L. Farley rear-ended her, pushing her vehicle into the car in front of her. Farley is vice president of operations for HealthSouth and was acting in the scope of his employment when the accident occurred, the parties agreed.

Mr. Foster reached a settlement ($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.

Mr. Foster reached a 10 million dollar settlement with confidential defendant for brain injury to child.

Mr. Foster reached a 5.9 million dollar confidential settlement with trucking company.

Mr. Foster reached a 1 million dollar settlement for two Kansas University students injured in a car accident in Colorado, Missouri.

Mr. Foster has reached multiple settlements in excess of 1 million dollars, but due to confidentiality provisions in the settlement, Mr. Foster is unable to disclose facts and/or parties of the litigation.

Mr. Foster has settled multiple cases for amounts less than 1 million dollars.

Mr. Foster represented over 150 clients that received diluted chemotherapy drugs. The first trial Davis, Bethune and Jones obtained a 2.2 billion verdict, which eventually led to a confidential settlement.

Mr. Foster currently represents over 250 cox-2 clients (Vioxx, Bextra and Celebrex) and has obtained individual settlements for each plaintiff.

Mr. Foster currently represents over a hundred individual farmers and mills in Louisiana and Arkansas stemming from Bayer contaminating the United States Rice Supply with Genetically modified Rice.


  1. "Conflicts Of Law: An Issue By Issue Analysis," published in The Missouri Trial Attorney, Volume XXV, Number 4, Winter 2007
  2. "Settling with a Health Care Provider: How to Hedge Your Bet at Trial By Utilizing Both Apportionment and Credits," published in numerous journals.



  • University of Missouri School of Law – Mr. Foster is a founding member of the University of Missouri- Kansas City Trial Advocacy Board. As a Board Member Mr. Foster has a leadership role in the operation of the School’s Trial Advocacy Program. Mr. Foster has volunteered his time to the program, by serving as an Adjunct Professor for 9 years, teaching a weekly trial advocacy course.
  • Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation – Mr. Foster is a volunteer for the Itty Bitty Soccer program. The Itty Bitty Soccer Program is a skill development program that rotates participants through stations that focus on major skills of the game. During the final week, participants will play an entire game. The success of this program is dependent upon volunteer station leader.
  • Legal Aid- Volunteer Attorney Project – Assist the community by providing both time and financial assistance to Legal Aid. As a volunteer for Legal Aid, Mr. Foster has the privilege and responsibility to assist the hundreds of thousands of Missouri residents who survive on incomes below poverty level and face critical legal problems each year, but who do not have the resources to hire legal counsel.