FOSTER, JAMES EDWIN ("JIM")
passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones on March 16, 2013. Jim was born on March 1, 1948 in Far Rockaway, New York. He was a quiet, content boy who brought much joy to his parents. He was an inseparable companion in those early years to his older sister, Alix. After graduating cum laude from Dickinson College, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, he matriculated in the law school at the University of Miami, from which he received his Juris Doctor in 1972. He married his first wife,
Myra, in 1968. While in law school, he fathered his first child, Beth Ann, and within a couple of years, his second daughter, Lesa Renee, was born. He moved with his young family to Orlando where Jim clerked for a federal district court judge. A bright, young attorney, he joined forces with Roger Kelly in 1985 to open their own law practice in Orlando. Jim was a prodigious worker and soon had a thriving practice. In the late 1980s, Jim met the love of his life, Sandrea, and spent the remainder of his life, loving and being loved by her. Truer soul mates could not be found. They traveled each year to Telluride, Colorado where Jim enjoyed the thrill of the slopes. And when Sandrea gave birth to their daughter, Morgan Marie, the three of them soon were trekking off to Colorado, often joined by dear friends, Denise and Tom Durkee and their daughter, Lauren. Their trips were special highlights of his year - a combination of skiing and family time. Jim closed his practice in the mid-1990s and joined Akerman Senterfitt, a prestigious law firm in Orlando, as a partner. While at Akerman Senterfitt, Jim developed a reputation as a tenacious litigator. As a commercial trial attorney, Jim litigated throughout the country as lead counsel for Fortune 500 companies in matters involving complex business disputes. Jim was named by Benchmark Litigation as a Florida litigation star for Bankruptcy and Commercial Litigation. Jim was a consummate mentor to other attorneys in the firm--- always willing to listen and share his knowledge and experience. His open door policy extended informally to assist friends and family. Throughout most of his career, his paralegal and friend, Arlene, was at his side -- each encouraging the other along the way. Other than his family and skiing, Jim loved nothing more than the challenge of a complex legal issue. He enjoyed his work and felt very fortunate to have work that gave him so much satisfaction and pleasure. Jim is survived by his wife, Sandrea, his daughters, Beth, Lesa and Morgan, his sister, Alix Foster (husband Rick Shorten), his sister-in-law and her husband, Shirley and Charles
Tanner, and many, many dear friends, colleagues and relatives. As his cousin said when learning of his death, "Jim occupied a big space in our lives". A viewing will take place on Wednesday, March 20th from 5-8 PM at the Florida Hospital Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2800 North Orange Ave., Orlando. A celebration of his life will take place the following day beginning at 10 AM, with services to follow at 11 AM at the church. Tax-deductible donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Community Foundation of Central Florida to benefit children, 1411 Edgewater Dr., Suite 203, Orlando, FL 32804.
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