In Memoriam: Foster De Reitzes: ILI Board Member and Senior Advisor

Foster De Reitzes

The International Law Institute is sad to announce the recent passing of Foster De Reitzes. Foster served as Secretary of the Board for the International Law Institute and as the senior and legal advisor for ILI publications. Mr. De Reitzes supported the operational endeavors of ILI, our international development mission, and our collective goals of building the technical capacity of global leaders and their governments, strengthening international bonds, and expanding the rule of law.

Foster served the ILI for over 20 years. His calm nature, thoughtful advice, and quick smile will be long remembered, greatly appreciated, and very much missed.

Prior to ILI, Foster was a partner with the law firm of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP. There, Foster had over 30 years of private practice experience in corporate, administrative law, and energy. Foster received his BA in Government from Cornell University and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He was admitted to practice in New York, Washington DC, federal circuit courts of appeal, and before the US Supreme Court.

In New York, Foster practiced corporate and securities law. In Washington, DC, Foster spent more than 12 years representing Native American tribes and Alaska Native corporations on a wide variety of energy and other matters. Foster then concentrated his practice on commercial transactions and major court and administrative litigation with emphasis on the utility and steel industries. In his support and promotion of new enterprises and technology, Foster also managed angel investment for start-up tech companies for many years.

We will miss Foster.

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