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Palmer Foret has over 30 years of legal experience. While focusing his efforts on commercial litigation, Mr. Foret is also experienced in medical malpractice, product liability, and other types of personal injury cases.

L. Palmer Foret Of Counsel

With over 30 years of experience to his name, Palmer Foret applies his skills and experience to helping businesses and individuals who find themselves in commercial litigation suits. After leaving his own practice in 2010, Mr. Foret joined the Ashcraft & Gerel team, bringing his aggressive style of representation and his wealth of knowledge about the law and commercial litigation with him. 

With him on board, the firm is able to broaden its practice to include a more intensive focus on commercial and contract litigation.

Mr. Foret previously served as president of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington D.C., and is listed as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers: The Legal Marketing Network, as well as one of Washington’s top lawyers in Washingtonian magazine.

Practice Areas

Case Highlights

Mr. Foret is proud to have recently won a large settlement in a commercial litigation contract case against oil and gas giant Chevron and its former subsidiary, Unocal. Unocal failed to pay his client, eLawForum, the full amount of a service fee that was owed per a contract agreement.

The case against a vast corporation and its extensive legal team was a true tale of “David v. Goliath,” taking nearly five years of intense litigation to resolve. Owing largely to Mr. Foret’s perseverance and willingness to represent this client on a contingent fee basis, eLawForum was able to recover its rightfully-earned monies against a large corporation that had the resources to outspend the client.

Early Years

Beginning as a defense lawyer in 1978, Mr. Foret transitioned to medical malpractice and personal injury in 1989 while running his own highly successful practice. His interest in contract and commercial litigation started with a case that involved representing clients in insurance coverage disputes. More recently, this has evolved to include large-scale contract and commercial litigation cases.

Outside the Courtroom

Mr. Foret has given numerous legal presentations over the years on topics ranging from medical malpractice to intellectual property. Many of these have been given to members of the District of Columbia bar, though his expertise has also been sought at events including the NASA Occupational Health Meeting and the D.C. Defense Lawyers’ Annual Meeting.


  • B.A., Colgate University, 1974
  • J.D., Gonzaga University, 1977

 Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Washington, D.C.

 Awards & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • International Who’s Who of Professionals
  • Washington Top Lawyer, Washingtonian Magazine
  • Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals
  • Who’s Who in American Law

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Justice
    • Breast Cancer Litigation Group
    • Industrial & Agricultural and Vehicles Litigation Group
    • Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
    • Professional Negligence Section
    • Public Education Committee
    • Scientific and Medical Integrity Committee
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
    • Injury to Persons and Property Section
    • Medical Malpractice Committee Chair, 1996-1997
    • Steering Committee, 1996-1997
  • Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Roscoe Pound Foundation
  • Case Evaluator & Arbitrator, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC
    • President, 2003-2004
    • President-Elect, 2002-2003
    • Vice-President, 2001-2002
    • Treasurer, 2000-2001
    • Secretary, 1999-2000
    • Board of Governors, 1996-2005
    • Executive Committee, 1999-2004
    • Membership Committee Chair and Co-Chair, 1996-1999
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice