Mark E. Foster
Mark E. Foster is a business attorney, corporate leader and C-Level officer operating domestically and internationally. Clients in Silicon Valley and worldwide rely on Mark’s vast business and legal knowledge, skill set, and experience. Mark has a proven track record as both inside and outside General Counsel. He’s a recognized leader to startups, law departments, inventors, businesses, and investors.
Mark is dedicated to being general counsel for tech startups and growing companies. In over a dozen companies, Mark’s been lawyer and management team member at every stage from founding through acquisition or public offering, and in several cases as GC after the IPO.
Mark’s been General Counsel to Silicon Valley public med tech companies (Natus Medical Inc.; Protocol Systems Inc.). For a decade he was President, General Counsel, and CFO of Volumetrics Medical Imaging LLC, inventor of real-time 3D ultrasound medical imaging. His leadership in planning & executing the largest global patent infringement enforcement campaign ever in the medical device sector produced a substantial return to inventors, employees, and investors including Duke University.
Mark’s solid leadership in Silicon Valley spans over three decades. As lawyer in Japan for the AEA and EIA, comprising the entire US high-tech & telecom Industries, Mark was the first US industry lobbyist in Japan. As Chairman of the Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel, Mark’s been commended for leadership by his peers, the General Counsel of publicly traded Silicon Valley companies.
Mark served with distinction as Special Counsel to the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo, and to four Presidential Administrations as a high-level international trade policy negotiator and adviser. His international trade policy and negotiating skills have earned him the respect of business and government leaders, clients, and peers in the U.S. and globally.
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- J.D., University of California Hastings College of Law of Law
- Japanese Language, University of California –Berkeley, California
- Japanese Language Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo
- Fellowship Recipient, Rockefeller Foundation/National Council of Churches. Geneva, Switzerland; Berlin, Germany; and Tokyo, Japan
- B.A., Alma College – Alma, Michigan