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Jovita M. Foster
Partner and Chair, Diversity Committee
P: 314.552.6698
F: 314.612.2359

Jovita Foster is both a trusted policy advisor and an accomplished litigator representing management in all facets of employment and labor law. Her clients include government agencies, municipalities, higher education systems and businesses of all sizes including Fortune 100 and 500 companies.

Recognized for her professional achievements and leadership skills, Jovita is a Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer in employment law,  St. Louis Business Journal “40 under 40” honoree,  Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s Women’s Justice Rising Star  and recipient of  the Washington University Black Law Student Association’s Outstanding Achievement in Practice Award.

In her role as legal counselor, Jovita helps employers develop policies and procedures aimed at preventing workplace problems including discrimination and harassment. Her efforts include conducting comprehensive employment audits, providing management training seminars and developing or reviewing policy and procedure manuals aimed at ensuring compliance with federal and state laws.

She also has extensive experience as a litigator defending employers in a wide-range of disputes including those involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, violations of public policy, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination. In addition to handling state and federal trial and appellate cases, Jovita represents clients before the entire spectrum of quasi-judicial tribunals, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the U.S. Department of Labor, state and local administrative agencies, and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Jovita has also built a reputation as a champion for diversity both within the firm and the community as a whole. As chair of the Armstrong Teasdale Diversity Committee, Jovita works closely with firm management to ensure that the firm’s programs and initiatives are carried out.  She leads the firm’s support of various local and national affinity groups such as the Mound City Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association of St. Louis, Missouri Asian American Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and Women Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis.

Outside of the firm, Jovita is a board member of the Urban League in St. Louis, where she serves on its Human Resources Committee.  She is a Junior Achievement volunteer and former board member teaching young people about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. She has been recognized by Sister Salute, an organization that celebrates women of color and named a Who’s Who in Black St. Louis.

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Background

Prior to attending law school, Jovita worked as an internal auditor for Citicorp Mortgage, Inc. n/k/a CitiMortgage, where she developed a strong working knowledge of mortgages and lending matters. As an internal auditor, she was responsible for staying abreast of applicable industry regulations to ensure that internal departments complied with these regulations.