From her Haynes and Boone office in Victory Park, attorney Sakina Foster diligently handles complex loans as a partner in the firm’s finance practice group. She’s also an advocate for diversity, equality, and civility, actively participating in numerous organizations and serving on the board of the Dallas Bar Association. “The DBA is an outstanding organization that focuses on serving the legal profession in Dallas,” she says. “I am proud to have the opportunity to work alongside the lawyers on its board.”
Education: The University of Texas (JD), Southern Methodist University (BBA)
Toughest Challenge: “Being the first lawyer in my family. It was somewhat difficult to navigate law school and the early stages of my career without that background. Thankfully, I found a great group of mentors and sponsors early in my career who helped guide me.”
Favorite Thing: “I have a set of gold bangles that were my paternal grandmother’s, who I never met. Since my parents moved to the United States in the mid-1970s, we don’t have much in the way of family heirlooms that they brought with them. The bracelets are the only thing I have that goes back to my grandparents’ generation.”
Destination of Choice: “Southern Spain and Tokyo are two of my favorite places. The blend of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish architecture in Andalusia is breathtaking, and some of my best memories are from trips to that part of the world. Tokyo has the best energy of any city I’ve ever visited. The kindness of the people and the food, culture, and infrastructure are unparalleled.”
Favorite Pet: “Our dog Baxter has a huge personality. He has taught me patience, to live more in the moment, and that it’s possible to be totally exasperated and loving at the same time.”
Nonprofit Cause: “Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation has a special place in my heart. It is a group of Asian American.”
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