David Wm. Foster


Practice Areas

  • Real Estate and Land Development
  • Zoning and Land Use Litigation
  • Government Affairs/Lobbying
  • Colorado’s leading land use and development attorney, excelling in the art of efficiency, creativity, and bringing parties with seemingly disparate interests to common ground.
  • A diplomatic deal maker, uniquely adept at balancing public and private interests.
  • Tikkun Olam: compassionately “repairing the world” through charitable and civic causes.
  • Five-time 5280 Top Lawyer, 2016-2020

David believes that family – mishpucha – is what creates his balance in life. With a strong family anything is possible. His wife Ali and three children, Abby, Aiden and Bo are his rock.

To pay the bills, David is co-managing partner of the law firm Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP (“FGMC”). Originally founded in 1999, FGMC was quickly recognized as one of Denver’s “up and coming” law firms. The Denver Business Journal featured FGMC’s attorneys as emerging “Young Guns” on the local legal scene in 2001. Since 2001, the “Guns” have become stronger and better with age and have multiplied and FGMC has grown into a vibrant, multi-faceted law firm boasting over 30 lawyers.

David’s legal practice focuses on land use and real estate development matters. David is also involved with many governmental affairs issues both at the local and state level. To those who know David they consider him a deal maker and uniquely adept at balancing public and private interests in finding a better way to do the deal- better in terms of creativity, efficiency and the ability to bring parties with seemingly disparate interests to common ground.[showhide]

In addition to family and work, David is committed to many charitable and civic causes. He learned at an early age that his faith and family encouraged Tikkun Olam (“repairing the world”). To that end, he has been involved with many different organizations in varying leadership roles, including: Shwayder Camp of Congregation Emanuel, Denver Jewish Day School, George Washington High School IB Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, Civic Center Conservancy, Jewish Colorado, Cherry Creek Area Business Alliance and many others.

David has been named a “5280 Top Lawyer” for the last four years, including 2019. David is also lucky enough to have received other awards including: Denver Jewish Day School’s Neshamah Yeteirah Award, Denver Business Journal’s Forty Under Forty, ADL’s Torch of Liberty Award, Jewish Colorado’s Young Leadership Award, Colorado Statesman’s 50 for the Future and several others. But, he is most proud to boast that he was the head coach for his daughter’s middle school soccer team and they won back to back city championships![/showhide]


  • University of Colorado, Boulder, B.A., 1990
  • University of Denver, College of Law, J.D., 1996
  • University of Colorado, Denver, M.P.A., 1998

Bar Admissions

  • State and Federal Courts of Colorado

Professional Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Campaign Chair, Shwayder Camp of Congregation Emanuel
  • Cherry Creek Area Business Alliance, President
  • George Washington High School IB Foundation, Board Member
  • Denver Jewish Day School, Former Chair of the Board
  • Rose Community Foundation, Jewish Life Committee, Former Board Member
  • Founding Member, Civic Center Conservancy
  • Founding Member, School District 27J Capital Facility Fee Foundation
  • CO Mesa University, Board Member


  • 5280 Top Lawyer, 2016 – 2020 2023, 2024
  • Denver Jewish Day School, Neshamah Yeteirah Award, 2014
  • Head Coach, Hamilton Middle School Girls Soccer, City Champions, 2014, 2015
  • Torch of Liberty Award, ADL, 2007
  • Colorado Statesman’s 50 for the Future, 2007
  • Ruth & Warren Toltz Young Leadership Award, AJF, 2016
  • Denver Business Journal’s Forty Under Forty, 2005
  • Colorado Super Lawyer, 2023, 2024
  • Best Lawyer: Land Use and Zoning Law, 2024


  • Frequent Presenter: Land Use Conference on Land Use Development from a Private Perspective, CLE International
  • Presenter: Colorado Institute for Leadership Training on Land Use Issues
  • Presenter: Democratic leadership training on Land Use issues
  • City of Colorado Springs v. Securcare Self Storage, Inc., 10 P.3d 1244 (Colo. 2000).
  • In re Marriage of LeBlanc, 944 P.2d 686 (Colo. App. 1997).
  • Colorado Real Estate Journal, June 2, 2010 – June 15, 2010, “Is Telluride, the case, dead?”