Kai Li Fouts is a Partner in the law firm of Eisenberg & Fouts, P.A. located in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida. Ms. Fouts practices exclusively in the area of criminal defense in both state and federal courts and has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Fouts graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Communication Arts, Radio-Television-Film and Political Science. She, thereafter, attended law school in New York at Syracuse University, College of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctor in 1995.
During the summer after her second year of law school, Ms. Fouts worked with William J. Sheppard of what has now become Sheppard, White, Kachergus & DeMaggio, P.A. in Jacksonville, Florida, one of the most prestigious criminal, civil rights attorneys in Florida. After graduation from law school, Ms. Fouts began the practice of law with the Office of the Public Defender in Palm Beach County. While there, Ms. Fouts was not only fortunate to have tried cases in both the felony and misdemeanor trial division, but she also wrote several appeals before the Fourth District Court of Appeal while in the appellate division. In 1999, Ms. Fouts was the first associate to practice with James L. Eisenberg, P.A. In 2003, Ms. Fouts was named partner and the firm became what is now known as Eisenberg & Fouts, P.A. She continues to practice in the areas of criminal trial and appellate work.
Since entering the practice of law, Ms. Fouts served on the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and was honored to represent that organization as a member of the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission. She has previously served on the Board of the Craig S. Barnard, American Inn of Court LIV as Secretary and as Director of Membership and continues today as an Emeritus Member. Currently, Ms. Fouts serves as a Florida Bar appointed attorney member of the Fifteenth Circuit Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee. Since 2010, Ms. Fouts has served as a volunteer advocate for the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics. In February, 2011, Ms. Fouts was appointed by Chief United States District Judge Frederico A. Moreno as an attorney member of the Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Retention Panel, and in April, 2011, as an attorney member of the Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel. In May, 2012, Ms. Fouts was recognized by the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc., The Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association and received a special commendation for her pro bono work in the year of 2011, and in 2013, she was honored to receive the “And Justice For All Award”. Currently, Ms. Fouts serves as the Chair of the Florida Bar’s 15th Circuit (15A) Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee.
Ms. Fouts served as a Chair of the Criminal Law Section for the 2015 Palm Beach County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference, and has been asked to Co-Chair the entire Bench Bar Conference for the Palm Beach County Bar Association for the 2016 year. Ms. Fouts served as the 2015-2016 President-Elect, 2016-2017 President and the 2017-2018 Immediate Past President of the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Ms. Fouts is married and has three children. She actively practices the Korean Martial Art of Tae Kwon Do and lives in Palm Beach County.