Elton Foster


Elton Foster has 30-plus years’ experience in marine casualty, Jones Act, general maritime law, and general liability insurance defense litigation. He also has many years litigation experience in defending employers under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act and Defense Base Act. Elton has first chair trial experience defending vessel owners, shipyards, bridge contractors, marine insurers, casualty insurers, defense contractors, small business owners, and many others in state and federal courts in Louisiana and Texas, and before the United States Department of Labor. He holds licenses in Louisiana and Texas and is admitted to practice before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Elton is a graduate cum laude from Tulane Law School, 1990, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the esteemed Tulane Maritime Law Journal. A Louisiana resident since his early childhood, Elton lives in Mandeville, Louisiana with his wife Susan and dog Lilly. A sailor and fisherman, Elton descends from a long line of sea captains and has always had a love of the sea and ships. He’s also an avid hiker and naturalist, having written a field guide to the flora, fauna and fungi of the Mississippi River batture.