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.