J.D. University of Pittsburgh School of law, cum laude

B.S. Concord University


  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

About Jeffrey Foster

Jeffrey Foster is a native of Beckley, West Virginia. He focuses his practice on individual and class employment cases, including wage and hour, overtime, and various wrongful termination and discrimination matters. In addition, Jeff also represents clients in personal injury and other complex litigation matters.

Jeff is an experienced litigator in employment matters. He has litigated matters involving sexual harassment, race discrimination, gender discrimination, disability discrimination, constructive discharge, FMLA retaliation, retaliatory discharge, ERISA §510 claims (interference and discrimination against a participant or beneficiary for use of benefits provided by an employee benefit plan), overtime, wage payment, and wrongful discharge in violation of public policy.

Jeff is also an experienced litigator in a wide variety of litigation matters in state and federal courts. He has represented and counseled clients in regard to serious workplace injuries, mass torts, toxic torts, wrongful death cases, construction defect claims, nursing home abuse claims, and consumer protection matters.

Prior to joining Bailess Smith, Jeff spent approximately 14 years working at defense law firms where he defended employers and corporations of all sizes. Jeff is a native and life-long resident of West Virginia, and he understands the problems facing West Virginia’s hard-working employees. He uses this experience and his knowledge of how corporations operate to assist the aggrieved workers and injured clients that he now serves.

Jeff currently lives in Scott Depot, West Virginia, with his wife Alicia, and their three kids, Henry, Stella, and Evan. Jeff believes strongly in community involvement. He and his wife have long been supporters of the March of Dimes. Jeff is also a board member of his local YMCA. He is also an avid trail runner, and runs and volunteers at many non-profit and charity trail races throughout the State he calls home.