Jeffrey Foster

After graduating with a degree in Economics from the University of Delaware in 1989, Mr. Foster went to work for Mobil Oil Company.  Subsequently, he attended the University of Georgia School of Law, during which time he interned  with the District Attorney for Walton and Newton Counties.  Mr. Foster’s legal career began as a law clerk in the Superior Court of Walton and Newton Counties for Judge John M. Ott.  He then joined the District Attorney’s Office where he handled a wide range of matters including wiretap investigations, crimes against children and murder trials.  Eventually Mr. Foster was appointed Chief Assistant District Attorney and was given day-to-day management responsibilities for the Walton County office.  In August of 2003, Mr. Foster and Ms. Hanks founded Foster & Hanks, LLC.  Since its inception, Mr. Foster has defended numerous criminal cases, handled complex estate matters, and has litigated a multitude of civil matters throughout the state and federal courts of northeast Georgia, as well as in the appellate courts.  During this time, Mr. Foster served in various public service capacities, such as Solicitor of the courts of the cities of Loganville and Social Circle, Judge of the Municipal Courts of Monroe, and Associate Magistrate for Walton County.  Mr. Foster is currently the managing partner of Foster, Hanks, & Ballard, LLC.  He continues to manage administrative matters for the firm and focuses Estate Planning, Probate Litigation and on Criminal Defense, Driving Under the Influence, and traffic offenses. Further, Mr. Foster is the Chief Judge of the Social Circle Municipal Court.
Mr. Foster has served on the Board of Directors of the Ministry Village, The Pregnancy Resource Center of Walton, the Christian Learning Centers, and Uniting Hope for Children.  He is currently on the Board of Directors of Belief in Motion, a global missions organization based in Loganville and operating in western Romania.  He is the former President of the Faith & Justice Project, a non-profit Christian legal-aid ministry.  Additionally, Mr. Foster was formerly employed as the Director of Rescue Ministries and Communications for the Ministry Village, where he developed and led programs to assist those who were chronically underemployed and living in a state of housing instability to develop skills and transition into stable homes and stable jobs.  He is married, with seven children, and one grandchild. The Foster family are active members of First Baptist Church Loganville.
Areas of Practice:
Criminal Defense
Personal Injury
Family Law
Trusts and Estates
Corporate Law
General Litigation
Bar Admissions:
State of Georgia, 1994
State of Pennsylvania, 1995 (Inactive)
Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, 1998
Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia, 1995
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1998
U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1998
Chief Judge, Municipal Court of Social Circle
Former Judge of Municipal Court of Monroe
Former Associate Magistrate of Walton County
Former Solicitor for the Cities of Loganville and Social Circle
Chief Assistant District Attorney for Walton and Newton County
Law Clerk for the Honorable John M. Ott, Chief Superior Court Judge
Instructor for Mandatory Continuing Judicial Education programs
Juris Doctor, University of Georgia School of Law, May 1993
Bachelor of Science Economics, University of Delaware, May 1989
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Walton County Bar Association
State Bar of Georgia
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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