Teresa Foster

Partner in Charge, Vancouver


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Interesting notes about Teresa:
Best job perk: I get to bring my dog, Piper
First job: Dominos Pizza "Phonette"
Dream dinner guest: Prince
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About Teresa Foster

Teresa Foster was a named partner in two top-flight, Portland area law firms before joining the McKinley Irvin legal team in 2016. Presently Partner in Charge of the firm’s Vancouver, WA, office, she’s never looked back.

"Everyone at McKinley Irvin—from senior attorneys to front-office professional staff—excels at the same thing: family law,” she notes. “With that exclusive focus come exceptional resources, in-depth knowledge, and a firm-wide, client-centered philosophy."

Possessing impeccable professional credentials and a noteworthy career spanning nearly two decades, Teresa is among the most highly regarded family law attorneys in Southwest Washington—an Arizona transplant who confesses to appreciating “the relentless Northwest rain.”

"I love my work. I take great satisfaction in knowing I am making a positive difference in the lives of my clients and, especially in the lives of their children. I am committed to providing the good judgment, tenacious representation, and personalized service that my clients deserve."

For Teresa, that means being “direct, honest, and realistic,” maintaining excellent relationships with legal colleagues—including members of the judiciary and opposing counsel—and treating every client with empathy and respect.

"I try to be available for my clients even during off-hours. I also try to put myself in my clients’ shoes, knowing they are going through one of the most difficult transitions of their lives."

That way of doing business has earned Teresa enormous respect. Recently, she was honored with a Martindale Hubbell peer review rating of AV Preeminent, the highest ranking an attorney can achieve and the result of an exhaustive peer review process.

Said one attorney evaluator: “There is no dissolution Teresa cannot handle. The hallmark of her style can be described in a single word: preparation.”

A laudable combination of head and heart captures the essence of attorney Teresa Foster, who adds: “I will do whatever it takes to protect my clients’ interests, both inside and outside the courtroom.”

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  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association, Family Law Section
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  • J.D., Arizona State University, College of Law
  • B.A., Arizona State University, Social Work, magna cum laude
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Publications & Presentations


  • Contributing Author, Family and Community Property Law, Volumes 1-3, West Publishing Company
  • Best Lawyers
  • Best Law Firms
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • Puget Sound Business Journal Washington's Best Workplaces 2023
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year 2024
  • Avvo Rating 10.0
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