Sean M. Foerster


Sean Foerster represents utilities in eminent domain proceedings, banks, lenders, servicers, and title companies in matters involving recovery of commercial and consumer debt and loan collateral, and small businesses in commercial disputes. His practice is focused on litigation, with particular emphasis on cases involving condemnation (direct and inverse), real estate disputes, contested foreclosures (commercial and residential), tax sale challenges and surplus claims, title insurance claims, commercial lease disputes, claim and delivery, mortgage lender/creditor liability, debt collection, small business disputes, and criminal forfeiture of real property. He handles cases all the way through the highest appellate court level.

Sean graduated cum laude from the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina. While in law school, Sean worked as a Legal Writing Clinic Assistant, served on the ABA Real Property, Probate & Trust Journal, and served as a Board Member of the Pro Bono Program. He was a member of The International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi. Sean was the recipient of the CALI Award in Professional Responsibility as well as the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award for his service as a guardian ad litem representing abused and neglected children.

  • South Carolina 2008
  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina, 2009
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2009
  • United States Supreme Court, 2015
  • Board of Directors – Contemporaries of the Columbia Museum of Art (2015 – 2021) – Chair of Sponsorship Committee (2015 –2017); Member of Art Acquisition Committee (2017-2019); Member of Membership Committee (2019-2020)
  • Board of Directors – Richland County CASA Foundation (2015 – present) – Chair of the Governance and Compliance Committee (2015 – present)
  • Rotary Club – Main Street Chapter (2015 – 2018) – Charter Member and Chair of Fundraising Committee (2016 – 2017)
  • Member—City Center Partnership Long Range Planning Committee (2017 – 2020)
  • South Carolina Bar Association – Judicial Qualifications Committee Member (2016 – present) – Chair of the Midlands Circuit Court Subcommittee (2019)
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • “The Best Lawyers in America” (2020-present) for Litigation – Real Estate
  • Columbia Business Monthly’s Legal Elite of the Midlands for Eminent Domain
  • Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Leadership Columbia Program, Class of 2012
  • Leadership South Carolina, Class of 2015-16
  • South Carolina Economic Development Institute, Class of 2015
A description of the selection process methodologies on which these accolades are based can be found here.
  • “Eminent Domain, Inverse Condemnation, and Regulatory Takings,” at 2024 Land Use Law in South Carolina Seminar by The Seminar Group.
  • “Tax Sale Litigation,” at the 2023 Masters-in-Equity Bench Bar CLE by the South Carolina Bar.
  • “Overview of the South Carolina Eminent Domain Procedure Act,” Guest Lecture at Capstone Course on Real Estate Transactions, University of South Carolina School of Law.
  • “Overview of the South Carolina County Tax Sale Process for Real Property,” Guest Lecture at Capstone Course on Real Estate Transactions, University of South Carolina School of Law.
  • Sean M. Foerster, “Strict Compliance: The Key to Recovering Property Lost at a South Carolina Tax Sale,” Angle: Official Publication of the ALFN, Vol. 4 Issue 1, Quarter 1, 2017, at Page 22.
  • Leadership South Carolina, Class of 2016
  • South Carolina Economic Development Institute, Class of 2015
  • Rotary Club, Main Street Chapter
  • Board member, Richland CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
  • Board member, Contemporaries of the Columbia Museum of Art
  • Leadership Columbia, Class of 2012
  • Leadership Columbia Alumni Association