Partner / Atlanta
Richie, a partner in our Atlanta office, dedicates his practice primarily to motor carrier liability, commercial insurance coverage, and general commercial insurance defense. Richie has acted as lead counsel in more than 50 jury trials in his career, often defending trucking companies involved in serious accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries and death. Richie has tried cases throughout the State of Georgia and parts of the Southeast.
Richie helps spearhead the firm’s 24-hour emergency response team that investigates major trucking accidents in Georgia and throughout the Southeast.
A former print journalist, Richie has authored numerous articles in the areas of motor carrier liability and coverage. He also speaks at national seminars on various topics relating to motor carrier liability and insurance coverage issues and regularly provides continuing education services for clients. Richie has served as national coverage counsel for his trucking clients and has argued trucking coverage appellate cases before the federal Fourth Circuit, Eighth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit.
Richie is married to Jodee Foster and has two sons, Ben and Matthew.
Dismissal for corporate trucking client in federal court
Richie Foster and Beth Bentley recently achieved a dismissal for their corporate trucking client in federal court based on the expiration of statute of limitations, as well as sanctions against the plaintiff’s attorneys who refused to dismiss the claim. The driver of the truck received a citation during the collision and the plaintiff argued O.C.G.A. § 9-3-99, which allows for the statute of limitations to be tolled for civil actions which “aris[e] out of the facts and circumstances related to the commission of a crime,” tolled the statute of limitations for the driver’s employer as well as the driver. According to the plaintiff, the prior Court of Appeals decisions holding O.C.G.A. § 9-3-99 applied only to the person charged with the crime (and not any joint tortfeasors or employers) were distinguishable because none of the prior opinions involved claims of vicarious liability. However, the federal district court held Georgia law was “abundantly clear” that the plaintiff’s claims against the trucking company were time-barred. As for the Rule 11 motion for sanctions which was filed, the court agreed sanctions were appropriate, ordered plaintiff’s counsel to pay the company’s legal fees since the date when plaintiff was first notified by defense counsel the claims were time-barred, and publicly censured the attorneys.
For informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in future cases.
Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) Annual Seminar, Baltimore, MD – Richie Foster and Gary Lovell attended
October 12, 2016
Arkansas Trucking Seminar – September 13-15, 2016 – Richie Foster, Stephen Cohen & Elizabeth Bentley attended
September 13, 2016
Richie Foster attended 2016 Georgia Motor Trucking Association (GMTA) Annual Convention
June 19, 2016
Richie Foster attended the 2016 Georgia Motor Trucking Association (GMTA) Annual Convention held at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, FL on June 19, 2016.
Arkansas Trucking Annual Business Conference (ATA) Annual Business Conference and Vendor Showcase – Gary Lovell and Richie Foster to attend – May 18-20
May 18, 2016
Gary Lovell and Richie Foster attended DRI’s 2016 Trucking Seminar in Chicago, Illinois
April 14, 2016
TIDA Cargo, Tempe, AZ – Richie Foster attended
March 9, 2016
Trucking Industry Defense Association – October 26-28
October 26, 2015
Trucking and Transportation Litigation and Emergency Rapid Response Team Establish Emergency Rapid Response 24 Hour Line: 1.844.519.7831
March 1, 2017
Trucking and Transportation Litigation and Emergency Rapid Response Team Establish Emergency Rapid Response 24 Hour Line: 1.844.519.7831. Click here for more information.
Gary Lovell and Richie Foster to attend DRI’s 2016 Trucking Seminar in Chicago, Illinois
April 14, 2016
Insurance Defense Team Moves to Carlock Copeland
February 12. 2015
Carlock Copeland is pleased to announce the addition of Partner Richie Foster, and Associates Beth Bentley and Marc Hood to our Atlanta practice. They bring invaluable experience to the firm in Trucking & Transportation, General Liability and Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith. Read the Daily Report article about the move here.