I am now the sole practitioner of my own firm and can provide the type of representation I believe is in the best interest of my clients. Running my own practice has also allowed me to build strong relationships with my clients and with the community. My clients benefit from the big firm experience I obtained, while receiving the dedication and attention only provided by the intimate setting of a small firm.
I am a native Arizonan, born and raised in the East Valley. I grew up in Chandler and Mesa, within five miles of my current office, and my brother and I attended Mountain View High School in Mesa. My parents went to Chandler and Tempe high schools, attended ASU, and became teachers, with my father teaching at McClintock High School and my mother teaching in the Mesa Public School system. Both sets of my grandparents also lived in Arizona and my grandfather was a professor at Arizona State University (ASU). While most of my grandparents have passed away, my paternal grandmother still resides in Chandler and recently celebrated her 90th birthday.
I must admit that I was a bit of a black sheep in my family because I chose to attend the University of Arizona instead of ASU. I earned both a Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology and a Juris Doctorate in Law at U of A, graduating from my undergraduate studies Summa Cum Laude and from my Doctorate program Magna Cum Laude.
After graduating from law school, I moved to California for a brief time. While there, I took the bar exam and passed and was admitted to the California State Bar. However, I missed Arizona and wanted to raise my children near their extended family, so I moved back to the Valley in 2005 and obtained my license to practice law here in Arizona.
Upon moving back to Arizona, I held positions with several large law firms in the Valley and learned to practice law in a "trial by fire" setting. I was forced to work long hours and follow strict firm policies. The office procedures were always out of my hands, so I had little control over which cases we accepted and rejected by the firm or how I handled representation of our clients. Ultimately, my role also shifted away from direct representation of the clients and more toward the role of a salesperson
and office manager. I decided that their approach was not conducive to the type of representation I believed the clients deserved or to the type of personal, family life I desired.
While I found clients were attracted to the large firm advertising and the "beyond aggressive" representation slogans, they generally preferred the no-nonsense, honest approach with which I handled their cases. I don't make promises to clients that I can't keep and I believe it is my duty to assist clients in weeding out issues that can and should be settled out of court
from those that are worth "fighting for." So, when the opportunity to open my own law office presented itself in August of 2012, I took a chance and decided to seize that opportunity. As a result, I have been able to provide the type of service I feel my clients deserve and have gained more flexibility for time with my family and young children.
I am now the sole practitioner of my own firm and can provide the type of representation I believe is in the best interest of my clients. Running my own practice has also allowed me to build strong relationships with my clients and with the community. My clients benefit from the big firm experience I obtained, while receiving the dedication and attention only provided by the intimate setting of a small firm. In short, the Law Office of Alyson M. Foster, PLC provides you with the best of both worlds, and if you need an attorney, I hope you will give me the opportunity to assist you.