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Thomas C. Foster

Since 1994, Tom has practiced employee benefits, tax and corporate law with McCandlish Holton, PC in Richmond, Virginia. His practice has included tax incentives for land conservation and tax-exempt organizations. Prior to practicing law, Tom had a 20 year business career as a retail banker, a small business controller and an employee benefit trust officer. Tom is currently transitioning to an active retirement.

Tom has advised many landowners interested in preserving their lands for farming, forestry, wildlife habitat or as scenic open-space. He was a member of a working group that advised Governor Kaine regarding amendments to the Virginia Land Conservation Incentives Act and was a member of the VOF template conservation easement deed revision taskforce. Tom has lectured to landowners and to professionals regarding tax incentives for land conservation.

Tom has provided legal guidance for many tax-exempt organizations, including charities, religious entities and trade associations.

Tom’s interest in open-space land preservation can be traced to having met Helen when they were George Mason freshmen. Helen’s extended family had long owned Locust Grove Farm, a 541 acre farm in Topping, Virginia, with frontage on the Rappahannock River, Whiting Creek and Meacham Creek. Over the decades, Helen’s family has welcomed Tom’s active participation in many aspects of Locust Grove management including: working with the award winning farmer who raises field crops, working with foresters regarding forest management and timbering, renovating the rustic (ca. 1730) farm house and a 2005 conservation easement grant, on 400 acres, to the Middle Peninsula Land Trust.

Tom has been married to Helen, his canoeing and walking companion, for over 48 years. Since 2000, they have spent most weekends and occasional weeks at their home adjoining Locust Grove. Tom and Helen have two married adult children and four grandchildren.