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Alyson Marie Foster

Family Attorney at Tempe, AZ

5.0   13 reviews
  • State Years
    Arizona - AZ 18 years
    California - CA 19 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Not Eligible to Practice Law (Not Entitled) No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Alyson

Learn Alyson’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Family
    80%

    21 years, 300 cases

  2. Juvenile law
    15%

    21 years, 50 cases

  3. Litigation
    5%

    17 years, 25 cases

Alyson Foster is a native Arizonan, born and raised in the East Valley.  She grew up in Tempe and Mesa, within ten miles of her current office, and she and her brother attended Mountain View High School in Mesa.  Her parents went to Chandler and Tempe high schools, attended ASU, and became teachers– her father teaching at McClintock High School and her mother teaching in the Mesa Public School system. Both sets of her grandparents lived in Arizona as well and her grandfather was a  professor at ASU. While most of her grandparents have passed away, her paternal grandmother still resides in Tempe and recently celebrated her 92nd birthday.  

 

Alyson admits that she was a bit of a black sheep in her family because she chose to attend U of A instead of ASU. Alyson earned both a Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology and a Juris Doctorate in Law at U of A, graduating from her undergraduate studies Summa Cum Laude and from her Doctorate program Magna Cum Laude.

 

 After graduating from law school, Alyson moved to California for a brief time.   

While there, she took the bar exam and passed and was admitted to the California State Bar. Alyson missed Arizona, however, and wanted to raise her children near their extended family, so she moved back to the Valley in 2005 and obtained her license to practice law here.

 

Upon moving back to Arizona, Alyson held positions with several large law firms in the Valley and learned to practice law in a “trial by fire” setting.  She was forced to work long hours and follow strict firm policies.  The office procedures were always out of her hands and she had little control over which cases she accepted and rejected or how she handled representation of the clients. Ultimately Alyson’s role also shifted away from direct representation of the clients and more toward the role of a salesman and office manager. None of this was conducive to the type of representation she believed the clients deserved or to the type of personal, family life she desired.

 

While Alyson believes clients were attracted to the large firm advertising and the “beyond aggressive” representation slogan, they generally preferred the no nonsense, honest approach with which she handled their cases.  “I don’t make promises to clients that I can’t keep and I believe it is my duty to assist clients in weeding out issues that can and should be settled from those that are worth ‘fighting for’.” 

 

Alyson is now a partner at Aslamy & Foster and can provide the type of representation she believes is in the best interest of her clients. Alyson’s clients benefit from the big firm experience she obtained, while receiving the dedication and attention only provided by the intimate setting of a small firm. 

 

 

 

 

Location

Law Office of Alyson M. Foster, PLC
700 E. Baseline Rd
Suite D-2
Tempe, AZ, 85283

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Rodney | May 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Valued and Respected
I had the unfortunate experience of going through a contested divorce! As such, I needed a good attorney to represent me. Alyson was referred to me by another Attorney I had been represented by in an accident case and I could not have hired a better Divorce Attorney! Alyson worked closely with me through Oral Arguments, Evidentiary Hearing, and assisted in my negotiation of my Divorce Settlement. Alyson was empathetic to my situation and provided me with clear and concise information to assist in getting on with my life! Divorce is hard and I do not wish it upon anyone, however, Alyson is without a doubt who I would recommend should you need expert legal representation with Divorce proceedings. Thank You Alyson!!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Caring and Diligent
I hired Mrs. Foster to represent me in my divorce and child custody case. My case was complex, the other party refused to try to come to any agreements prior to going to court. I worked with Mrs. Foster for over three years on this case. She made sure that my children were safe and didn't give an inch when it came to that. Her and her paralegal kept me informed of everything that was going on. She also assisted me with all necessary follow up and enforcement hearings. She was very personable and I felt like she really cared about my family and the outcome of our case. She walked me through the whole process and was very upfront about everything. If it weren't for her hard work and compassion, things could have turned out very different for my children. I am very glad I decided to hire her.
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Posted by Trang | May 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Family Attorney
Alyson and her team are amazing. She is always professional, timely, & extremely knowledgeable. She will be very upfront and honest about your case and how the law applies to your circumstance. She's been my attorney for the last 3 years. We have been very fortunate and satisfied with all the outcomes after multiple hearings.
Posted by Heather | May 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced, Knowledgeable & Understanding
Alyson is amazing!! She's helpful, knowledgeable and she understands the needs of her clients. I originally hired Alyson back in 2012 for a child custody case (including filing an order or protection & order for child support). I ended up settling & coming to an agreement with my child's father (my choice) which ultimately backfired, resulting in me hiring Alyson again in 2016. The 2nd time around I wasn't going to settle, I knew what was best for my child & I wasn't going to stop until I had sole custody. She was extremely supportive. It's comforting knowing that your attorney also has your child's best interest at heart. She's detailed, organized and always one step ahead. It's been a long road and I'm so thankful I had a great attorney to represent me. We won the case & I couldn't have gotten through it without her. I highly recommend her & have referred quite a few friends and family members to her because I know they'll be in good hands! Thanks for everything Alyson!!
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Posted by Melissa | May 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
I hired Alyson Foster to draft my post-nup agreement; she also represented me through my divorce. I appreciated that Alyson was straight forward and realistic, but also had a sense of humor. She didn't always tell me what I wanted to hear, but I still felt she had my best interest in mind. Alyson strongly advocated for me throughout the divorce process. She's responsive and always returned my phone calls and emails in a timely manner. She also recommended options for avoiding unnecessary legal fees, when appropriate. Her paralegal, Nikki, was also a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend her services.
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Posted by Amber | October 14, 2013
Alyson Marie Foster
I have used Alyson a couple of times over the years and have been very pleased every time. She is exceptionally smart and handles the cases exactly how I want them handled. There is nothing better than having a peace of mind knowing that you've got an amazing attorney on your side when it comes to such matters.
Posted by Angela | September 10, 2013
Great Family Lawyer
During a really difficult time for me Alyson Foster was just the person that I needed to handle my case. She was responsive, trustworthy and knowledgeable. Also she was highly professional but at the same time caring and sensitive to my needs. I would highly recommend Ms. Foster to anyone who may find themselves in the situation of a divorce and in need of an excellent Family Law attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2013
Great service
I had an excellent experience with this attorney. She was always available for consultations big and small and used her experience to let me know what to expect and guide me through the process. My case was reasonably complex (about average I suppose) and she handled all issues with aplomb. Litigation is expensive in general but her billing of my case was well documented and treated with common sense. I would recommend this attorney to anyone seeking counsel in family law. It was a huge weight off my shoulders to have someone so obviously competent and dedicated on my side.
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Posted by Amy | August 30, 2013
Parental Rights and Domestic Issues
Alyson is definitely the best lawyer I have dealt with. She helped me sever my daughter's fathers rights. He was not the best guy in the world and I don't know how my life would have turned out if he had rights to my daughter. Alyson stuck with me and my family for well over a year and we won all our cases. It wasn't easy as my ex tried everything to make it difficult and hard on me but Alyson just went right through it and we won. Alyson is great even now when I have a question she gets right back to me and I never had to wonder what was going on with my case, as she kept me very well informed. I would recommend Alyson for anyone that is needing help.
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Posted by RALPH | August 29, 2013
great experience
There's a reason why I titled this review "great experience" Ms. Foster was very professional she always kept me in the know, gave me very clear instructions when she needed information from me, lines of communications went both ways I was able to contact her just about anytime unless she was in court, I would highly recommend Ms. Foster to my friends and family.
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Posted by Kandi | August 29, 2013
Professionalism
Alyson has the insight to look at the whole picture and get the job done in a timely matter. She is supportive and understanding and I found working with her a pleasure in a very tough time of my life. I highly recommend her for her professionalism and the knowledge to handle people to where everyone feels that they are getting what is fair.
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Posted by Jacob | July 8, 2011
Review of Alyson M English (also listed as Alyson M Foster).
I retained Alyson English (now Alyson Foster) in 2007 when she was a new attorney to the Cantor and Simon Law Firm in Tempe, AZ. Alyson represented me in an on going and difficult child custody dispute with my ex-wife over our young son. My case had been in and out of family court on several prior occasions and I had used another attorney on one of those occasions. As my custody case became more complex and difficult I sought a change in counsel to better represent me in the matter and I retained Alyson. Alyson handled my custody matter with the utmost of concern for me and my son and was extremely instrumental in obtaining a ruling from the judge in court that was fair to all parties involved. Alyson did this while having to deal with my extremely difficult ex-wife who had decided to go without council and represent herself on this occasion. Since the original case in 2007 I have retained Alyson three more times (all for the same custody dispute) and she has always handled the situation(s) with an extremely high level of concern for me and my parental rights as a father. Two of the times I have retained her were emergency situations that necessitated extremely quick and detailed legal action be taken. Due to Alyson's quick and thorough representation I now have full custody of my son (May of 2010) and have retained this full custody through the court after legal challenges by my ex wife (December of 2010).
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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2011
Amazing Family Attorney
When my husband and I first sat down with Alyson in her office I felt defeated by my situation involving my ex-husband. Alyson listened intently and assured me that she would represent me to the best of her abilities. It felt as though forever passed before we were assigned a court date, but Alyson and her office never missed a beat in staying in touch with me. Even if there wasn't anything to update me on they still reached out to me to make sure I was okay and see if I had any questions. As with any case involving a return to family court from an already dissolved marriage there were some twists along the way that both my husband and I felt blessed that Alyson was there on our side representing us. Alyson is a trustworthy, patient and well educated attorney. I would certainly reccomend her to anyone that is in need of a family attorney. She's the attorney you want in your corner!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 125-275 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Alyson M. Foster, PLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Cantor Law Group
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Cantor & Simon Attorneys At Law
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Bellah & Harrian, PC
  • 2006 - 2007
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Education

  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Arizona
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Associations

  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (18)
Endorse Alyson
Unknown Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for their dedication to their clients."
Family Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I recently had a case against Alyson and I found her to be both a zealous advocate for her client and extremely easy to work with. I would feel confident referring Alyson to anyone in need of a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I had the pleasure of working at the same firm with Alyson Foster for over 4 years. During that time, I was able to observe her in Court and interacting with her clients. Alyson is an extremely organized and talented attorney. In fact, I have recommended her to friends and potential clients in the past and would continue to do so. Not only is Alyson a great attorney, it is obvious that she truly cares about her client's well-being."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mrs. Foster for years. At one time we worked at the same law firm so I know her capabilities first hand. She is a top notch family law attorney. She is compassionate about what she does and truly cares for her client’s well-being. She can be reasonable if the other side is reasonable, but if the other side is not reasonable you could not have a better advocate on your side. I would highly recommend Mrs. Foster if you are ever in need of an attorney for any family law matter."
Family Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Alyson is a fantastic lawyer. She is tenacious while at the same time maintaining an extremely high level of professionalism. I always look forward to working with her on a case. I can count on her to be honest and straightforward which is refreshing. I highly recommend Alyson for any family law matter."
Family Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I recently opposed Alyson and found her to be professional, intelligent and a zealous advocate for her client. I would feel confident referring matters to her or her firm."
Family Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alyson is one of my top referral choices for family law matters."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have opposed Alyson on family law cases in the past. She is a very strong advocate and truly cares about her clients. She knows the law and present very well in Court. Alyson is a great attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Tempe Family Lawyer Alyson Marie Foster
Alyson Marie Foster
Family Attorney
Tempe, AZ
Licensed for 19 years
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