Fenwick corporate partner Lara Foster talked to Law.com about her journey to making partner at Fenwick, sharing her advice and insights for associates and new attorneys.
When asked what went into her becoming a partner, Lara told Law.com, “Fenwick looks for a demonstrated commitment to its values. We all strive to provide best-in-class legal advice, coupled with excellent client service and also to be good firm citizens and institutional contributors. I worked very hard over the years to develop a broad base of technical legal skills, to establish bonds with my clients, and to constantly look for ways to evolve and propel our firm, including through mentorship, recruiting, training, and participation on a number of committees.”
Lara also credited the support she receives from her peer network: “Out of my partner class, half of us started at the firm on the same day together. Life in big law is hard, but it’s so much more manageable when you have close friends and cheerleaders to help you navigate the profession and share the experiences.”
Describing how her perspective has changed since becoming partner in 2021, she said: “It’s obviously validating and a big milestone to join the partnership. I’m proud of it. But it’s just the beginning of my next chapter as an adviser and trusted partner to my clients. I’m excited to be an owner and have more influence in terms of making Fenwick the best firm it can be.”
Lara provides strategic counseling to technology and life science companies that range from newly formed startup teams to mature publicly traded companies as well as venture capital firms. Her experience spans a wide variety of corporate matters, including venture capital financings, debt financings, joint ventures, tender offers, mergers and acquisitions, initial and follow-on public offerings, SEC compliance and corporate governance.
Fenwick actively recruits professionals from diverse backgrounds and invests in their long-term success. We believe that a diverse workforce helps us serve our clients better and fosters an environment of cooperation, respect, creativity and mutual understanding in which everyone thrives.