Robert A. Foster

Robert A. Foster ("Bob") is Senior Vice President at Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram and has been with the firm since its inception in the early 90's. Back then, Bob already had a reputation for achieving results for his clients, as evidenced by the fact that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Resolution Trust Corporation turned to Bob for his expertise with loan workouts, foreclosures and asset dispositions during the savings and loan meltdown in the late 1980's and early 1990's. Since then, Bob has seen his fair share of financial opportunities and challenges, and his clients know they can call him for wise counsel when it comes to their most important business needs.

Bob dedicates his practice to real estate and business transactions and has represented developers, banks, brokers and other parties in some of the most complex and significant commercial transactions in the Washington metropolitan area, including syndications, acquisitions and sales of multi-family residential properties, hotels, shopping centers, and commercial office buildings. Bob rounds out his practice with the representation of landlords and tenants in office and retail leases in the Washington, DC area and around the country.

Clients have often commented that they feel spoiled by Bob's responsiveness and efficiency, but Bob is doing nothing different than being Bob. He also rises to the occasion to ensure he finds ways to save them time and money. After all, if he can reconfigure the structure of a mortgage loan to save a shopping center more than $100,000 in deed recordation taxes, shouldn't he? Bob sees this as matching great legal skill with over-the-top client service.

Bob has put his broad legal knowledge to practical use doing stints as Editor of The National Property Law Digests, The National Financing Law Digest and The Digest of Environmental Law of Real Property. From a charitable perspective, Bob has served on the board of directors of several local charitable organizations, including the Whitman-Walker Clinic and the Washington Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. He has provided pro bono counsel to numerous non-profits in the area, including So Others Might Eat.

When he gets the chance, Bob likes to hit the open road and take motorcycle trips in North Carolina, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

  • University of Illinois, J.D., 1983, cum laude
  • University of Illinois, M.B.A., 1983
  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1979Phi Beta Kappa
  • District of Columbia, 1983
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • LEED® Accredited Professional
    • AV-Rated Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell