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900 Elm Street
10th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
Tel: 603 628 1175

Joseph A Foster

Director, Corporate Department

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Joe is chair of our Bankruptcy Practice Group.  He represents creditors ranging from small private lenders to nationally recognized banks and finance companies in out-of-court restructurings and chapter 11 reorganizations.  Joe works with businesses and individuals in all aspects of insolvency matters ranging from prosecuting and defending litigation arising in bankruptcy courts, to counseling buyers of assets from businesses in bankruptcy, to assisting financially troubled businesses in loan restructuring and workouts. Joe also works with lenders and businesses in complex commercial finance matters.  

In 2013, after almost 29 years with the firm, Joe was appointed New Hampshire Attorney General in 2013 by then Governor Maggie Hassan.  As Attorney General,  he led the New Hampshire Department of Justice which represents over 120 state agencies, commissions, boards, the governor, the executive council, the legislature, and the courts in complex transactions and litigation involving contract and employment disputes, personal injury, environmental laws, election laws, consumer protection laws, anti-trusts laws, non-profit matters and criminal justice matters. With that experience and knowledge, Joe now works with businesses and individuals in matters involving state government.

Joe received his J.D. from George Washington University (1984) and B.A. from Tufts University (1981).


  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court, District of New Hampshire
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit


  • Chambers USA: A Guide to America's Leading Lawyers (2021 - Bankruptcy/Restructuring)
  • Best Lawyers of America 2020 (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Corporate Law)
  • 2020 Best Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America (Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law) (2013)
  • New England Super Lawyers®
  • BV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Statewide Hero Award, Granite State Children’s Alliance
  • Civil Justice Award, New Hampshire Association for Justice
  • Friend of Business Award, Business and Industry Association


Statutory Member, Police Standard and Training Council, (2013-2017); New Hampshire State Senator (2002-2008), State Senate Majority Leader (2007-2008), Chair, State Senate Judiciary Committee, (2005-2008), Member, State Senate Banks and Insurance (2003-2006) and State Senate Education Committee (2003-2008).   Member, Court Accreditation Commission (2005-2008), and Member, Judicial Council (2005-2008), Vice Chair, New Hampshire Gaming Study Commission (2009-2010), Member, New Hampshire House of Representatives (1995-1998), Member, Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Committee (2000 - 2013) and Member, Oversight Committee-City of Nashua's Revolving Loan Fund (2011- 2013).

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Additional Articles

  • "Receiverships - An Alternative to Chapter 11?", 25th Annual Northeast Bankruptcy Conference.  American Bankruptcy Institute - 2018.
  • “Opioid Prescribing Guidelines”; Bridging the Gaps: Reducing Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse and Misuse Summit; National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute & Association of State and Territorial Health Officials - 2016
  • “Surviving Dispositive Motions in Bankruptcy, Impact of Twombly and Iqbal on Bankruptcy Litigation”; 17th Annual Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute - 2010
  • “Section 105(a) of the Bankruptcy Code: Does it Provide Authority to Override, Modify, or Temper Provisions of the Bankruptcy Abuse, Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005?”; 13th Annual Northeast Bankruptcy Conference and Northeast Consumer Forum, American Bankruptcy Institute - 2006
  • “Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Practice & Law”, New Hampshire Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education - 1999
  • “Practical Skills Course—Bankruptcy”; New Hampshire Bar Association - 1999-2000
  • “Bankruptcy Proofing Transactions”; 5th Annual Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute - 1998

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