John Foster handles his client’s cases from start to finish!
For more than 36 years, John has handled litigation, trials and appeals in state and federal courts. His practice now focuses exclusively on the resolution of complex divorce and family law cases, whether resolved through settlement, the litigation process and trial, mediation, the collaborative process or the appellate process.
John is actively involved in the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar Association. He currently serves on the Family Law Section’s Executive Council and Legislation Committee. John co-chairs the Parentage Committee, he is the co-secretary of the Children’s Issues Committee, and he is a member of the Ad Hoc Constitutional Revision Committee and the Domestic Violence Committee. John is a former chair of the Equitable Distribution Committee.
John has achieved the highest AV rating by Martindale Hubbell and he is ranked by Chambers USA. John has been named as one of America’s Best Lawyers, as Florida Legal Elite for Marital and Family law by Florida Trend, as a Florida “Super Lawyer”, as one of Orlando’s Best Lawyers by Orlando Magazine and as a top Orlando lawyer by the Orlando Home and Leisure Magazine. By invitation, John is a member of the National Advocates “Top 100”.
Experience: In his 36 years of practice, John has:
- Handled numerous marital and family law cases through mediations, trials and appeals dealing with issues such as dissolution of marriage, equitable distribution of marital assets and liabilities, alimony, parenting issues, timesharing or custody issues, child support, paternity, the enforceability of prenuptial agreements and other family law or marital issues, including the representation of business entities named as parties in marital dissolution actions.
- Negotiated and drafted numerous marital agreements including Marital Settlement Agreements, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial or Antenuptial Agreements, and Post-Nuptial Agreements.
- Handled numerous marital and family law cases to resolution through the Collaborative Process. (John has completed the Collaborative Training.)
- Defended professional sports teams against antitrust and tortious interference claims.
- Served as lead counsel for major theme park in numerous significant cases including a case involving design and fabrication of client’s fleet of 12 high-capacity monorail trains.
- Served as lead counsel in federal cases involving Florida’s Control Share Acquisition Act (or Anti-Takeover Act).
- Served as lead trial counsel for the receiver of a large home building company ($100 million in sales). Assisted the receiver in preparing a plan for reorganization in the receivership proceedings and represented the receiver in prosecuting and defending against numerous commercial claims.
- Prosecuted and defended claims alleging breach of contract, fraud and securities fraud, including disputed cases arising out of the sale and purchase of stock or other securities.
- Served as lead counsel in variety of construction disputes, including numerous cases involving design and construction of attractions at major theme parks, hotel and resort projects, large public projects, including courthouse and school construction, and numerous other projects.
- Served as lead counsel in cases involving trademark infringement claims and other cases involving clients’ intellectual property rights and claims.
- Orange County Bar Association Legal Aid Society: Certificate of Appreciation (pro bono) (2011)
- America’s Best Lawyers
- Chambers USA “Leading Lawyer”
- Florida Legal Elite: Marital and Family Law
- Orlando Magazine: Best Lawyers
- Florida “Super Lawyer” (2012 to 2017)
- Orlando Home and Leisure Magazine: Top Lawyer
- National Advocates “Top 100”
- Martindale Hubbell-Highest AV Rating
- Florida Bar Family Law Section: Rising Star
- Florida Bar Association
- Family Law Section: Equitable Distribution Committee: Chair (2011 to 2012, 2012 to 2013)
- Family Law Section: Executive Council
- Family Law Section: Legislation Committee
- Family Law Section: Parentage Committee: Co-Chair (2014-Present)
- Family Law Section: Children’s Issues Committee: Co-Secretary (2017-18)
- Family Law Section: Ad Hoc Constitutional Revision Committee (2016-16 and 2017-18)
- Family Law Section: Domestic Violence Committee (2017-18)
- Orange County Bar Association
- George C. Young American Inn of Court, Board of Directors, Current Chair of Membership
- Orange County Family Law Inn of Court
- American Bar Association
Hobbies and Interests
John is an avid Surfer! He considers his “home break” to be Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, to where he frequently travels in search of great waves. John enjoys paddling his stand-up paddle boards, working out, being humbled at his daughter’s fitness boot camp called “Get Jac’d” and reading.
- D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1980 (With Honors)
- A., Rollins College, 1976 (With High Honors)
- S. Supreme Court, 1991
- S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1981
- S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1981
- S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1981
- S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 1981
- S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1981
- Florida Bar, 1981
- Major League Baseball v. Morsani, 790 So.2d 1071 (Fla. 2001)
- Rosenberg v. Metrowest Master Ass’n, 116 So.3d 641 (Fla. 5th DCA 2013)
- Mandalay at Stonebridge Commons v. Metrowest Master Ass’n, 71 So.3d 130 (Fla. 5th DCA 2011)
- Baker & Hostetler, LLP v. Swearingen, 998 So.2d 1158 (Fla. 5th DCA 2008)
- Brown v. Brown, 784 So.2d 464 (Fla. 5th DCA 2001)
- Anson v. Anson, 772 So.2d 52 (Fla. 5th DCA 2000)
- Dorite Sheet Metal v. Eagle Roofing, 761 So.2d 1126 (Fla. 5th DCA 2000)
- Morsani v. Major League Baseball, 739 So.2d 610 (Fla. 2d DCA 1999)
- Lee & Sakahara Assocs. v. Boykin Mgmt. Co., 678 So.2d 394 (Fla. 4th DCA 1996)
- Morsani v. Major League Baseball, 663 So.2d 653 (Fla. 2d DCA 1995)
- J.D. Pirrotta Co. v. School Bd., 635 So.2d 31 (Fla. 5th DCA 1994)
- Clark v. Dettloff, 591 So.2d 193 (Fla. 5th DCA 1991)
- Aero Realty & Management Corp. v. Heger, 587 So.2d 1340 (Fla. 5th DCA 1991)
- Tourist Channel, Inc. v. Namey, 568 So.2d 543 (Fla. 5th DCA 1990)
- Life Concepts, Inc. v. Harden, 562 So.2d 726 (Fla. 5th DCA 1990)
Alessandra handles matters in Family and Immigration Law.
Alessandra B. Manes received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Alessandra later earned her Juris Doctorate from the Barry University School of Law. While attending law school, Alessandra served as Justice of the professional law fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta, was a Governor of the Young Lawyers Division, Law Student Division, and President of Intramural Sports Club. In her final year of law school, Alessandra was recognized by the Women Lawyers Association as a female leader on campus for her compelling leadership and outstanding balance of serving justice in the community while maintaining involvement.
Alessandra began her professional career working at a firm that practiced exclusively in the area of immigration law. There she represented individuals and entities in obtaining their business and personal immigration objectives. Among the variety of cases she has handled, Alessandra has successfully prepared non-immigrant employment based petitions (L-1, E-2, and H-1B), as well as immigrant investor petitions (EB-5), Alien of Extraordinary Ability petitions (EB-1), and immigrant family based petitions.
Alessandra was later presented with the unique opportunity to continue practicing immigration law while simultaneously gaining knowledge and experience in the practice area she was always the most passionate about, family law. This allowed Alessandra to personally handle a variety of family law cases both through the initial dissolution of marriage or paternity matter as well as through post-final judgment matters. She dealt with issues such as equitable distribution of marital assets and liabilities, alimony, parenting issues, timesharing, child support, and contempt and enforcement of orders.
Since joining Family Complex Litigation and Collaborative Group, Alessandra has had the opportunity to work closely with John W. Foster in handling cases from beginning to end. She has been involved in the drafting of multiple settlement agreements including marital settlement agreements and parenting plans negotiated through the mediation and collaborative processes. Alessandra has also been directly involved in the drafting and editing of legal briefs for matters handled through the appellate process.
Alessandra was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2015 and the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida in 2016. She is a member of the Florida Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association and OCBA Young Lawyers Section. In 2017, Alessandra completed the Collaborative Law training program at the Barry University School of Law. As a native of Brazil she is fluent in Portuguese.
When Alessandra is not vigorously advocating for her clients, she is spending most of her time with her four-legged furry only child, Rogue. Rogue is a red nose pit bull that has been a part of Alessandra’s family since she was five weeks old. They can usually be found lounging around the house cuddled up together while Alessandra reads a good book. During football season, Alessandra participates in a fantasy football league and never misses a game. She is a die-hard Denver Broncos fan and can be spotted at any Florida team’s stadium when they are up against her Broncos. But above all else, Alessandra’s most valued role in life is that of “Tia Lelê” to her niece, Gabi and nephew, Leo. She hopes to be someone they can always look up to and forever count on.