John Foster

Partner, Developer

Ph: (803) 252-4222
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Mr. Foster, a native of Columbia SC, is a graduate of Davidson College and earned his BA and MA from St. Peter’s College, Oxford University. He received his JD degree from Harvard Law School, cum laude. Following law school, John was an associate for Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, specializing in corporate law.  Upon returning to South Carolina, he was a partner with the McNair Law Firm for twenty years, and practiced corporate law with an emphasis on project-finance, SEC registrations, international transactions, mergers, and acquisitions.  He represented the SC Governor in the landmark constitutional case of Sanford v. United States. For the last fifteen years, he has been a partner with the firm of Kilpatrick and Townsend, based in Atlanta.

Mr. Foster has acted a corporate financing lawyer and as a developer known for innovative financing techniques.  He was the bond counsel for the first tax increment district and bond transaction in the state of South Carolina as well as the primary taxpayer (through the State Museum building) to support the bonds. Included among his other successful project are a bond-supported dormitory at the College of Charleston, a lease-purchase financing arrangement for a conference center at Clemson University, over a dozen medical offices buildings statewide financed by industrial revenue bonds, and numerous multi-county business park bonds.

As a developer and founding principal for Foster, Saad & Company Ltd, Mr. Foster’s projects have included the state headquarters building for Bell South, located in Columbia SC, and the multi-tenant bank office building now occupied by TD Bank (formerly Carolina First) on Main Street in downtown Columbia.