Foley & Lardner LLP at a Glance


  • “Interesting substantive work”
  • “Lack of face time”
  • “Sense of camaraderie”


  • “Bonuses”
  • “Formal training for juniors”
  • “Billable hours”

About Foley & Lardner LLP

While Foley & Lardner handles a wide range of business matters, the majority of the firm's major clients come from the automotive, energy, health care, life sciences and technology fields. With an excellent health care practice and a client roster boasting such corporate staples as Harley-Davidson and Hewlett-Packard, Milwaukee's best has grown into an international operation while maintaining local allegiances.

Milwaukee Couldn't Hold 'em

Foley & Lardner was founded in 1842 in Milwaukee, when Asahel Finch and William Pitt Lynde opened shop before the lakeside city had even paved its roads. More than a century passed before the firm established a presence outside Wisconsin, creating a DC branch as it became the first Badger State firm to establish an office in another state.  This move would set the firm on a path to become Wisconsin's largest law firm. The Beltway office merged with antitrust firm Hollabaugh & Jacobs in 1974 and by the Millennium's turn had expanded to include a public affairs section that lobbies for an amalgam of interests.  Foley next set its sights on the Sunshine State, opening a public finance practice in Jacksonville in 1981, followed soon after by offices in Tampa, Orlando, and Tallahassee.

Back in the Midwest, meanwhile, Foley cemented its status as a regional heavy hitter via a 2001 merger with storied firm Hopkins & Sutter. In 2007, Foley embraced even further expansion in Florida, opening its fifth office there in  Miami, the latest phase of the firm's strategic plan to increase its presence in key markets. Posts in Palo Alto (2003), New York (2004), and Boston (2005) signaled a push to bolster its life sciences and technology offerings, and today the firm offers international services aimed at clients in China, Japan, Israel and Latin America.

A Diamond-Shaped Goldmine

When Major League Baseball first came a-knockin' in the late 1980s, we doubt anyone at Foley knew just how serious the league's legal concerns would come to be. Luckily for the firm and its bottom line, Foley attorneys have maintained good relations with the now-scandal-ridden league since the days of the Bash Brothers. Notably, Foley helped former Sen. George Mitchell during his high-profile investigation into steroid use; the resultant report tied 89 current or former pros-including such headliners as Roger Clemens-to the use of banned performance-enhancing substances. Meanwhile, Foley's Washington contingent remained particularly busy smoothing the former Montreal Expos' move to DC and handling legalities surrounding their new ballpark. Foley represented Guggenheim Baseball Management in its acquisition of the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking the single largest transaction ever for a professional sports franchise. The Dodgers transaction followed on the heels of Foley's representations of Wayne Weaver in his sale of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Rangers Baseball Express LLC in its acquisition of the Texas Rangers, and the Ricketts Family in its acquisition of the Chicago Cubs, which previously held the record price for an MLB franchise sale at $845 million. On the strength of such assignments, Foley's sports practice is regarded as one of the best in the nation.

Virtual Law

Foley offers trust and wealth administration services through its Foley Private Office division, and it has trademarked its KnowledgeGate Web resource that offers transaction templates, risk assessment tools and online negotiation assistance for clients dealing with technology acquisition and implementation. A similar, more-generalized product called the Foley ClientSuite is billed as a "virtual office" that lets clients access customized packages of white papers, guidelines and policy documents. In the anti-corruption arena, Foley launched a first-of-its-kind, innovative, web-based compliance solution, FOLEY Global Risk Solutions, which delivers risk assessment on FCPA issues that arise during the course of business operations.


May 2017
Success for Sotera

In a team effort from the San Diego office, Foley successfully advised Sotera Wireless Inc. in the company's approved plan to leave bankruptcy (for which they had filed in 2016) with $30 million in new investments, $19.8 million of which will come from the Apple Inc. supplier Foxconn Technology Group. Sotera was founded in 2002 as part of Triage Data Networks Inc., producing health surveillance devices that are used in more than 45 hospitals around the world which continuously monitor patients' vitals and wirelessly send the data to electronic health records systems.

April 2017
Top Workplaces in Wisconsin

Foley & Lardner LLP was recognized in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's "Wisconsin Top Workplaces 2017" ranking as a best place to work in southeastern Wisconsin, with CEO, chairman, and partner, Jay Rothman selected as a 2017 Top Workplaces Leadership Award recipient. Foley is the only law firm to rank in the top 11 each year since the inception of the award. The annual recognition highlights area organizations that demonstrate leadership, morale, career development opportunities, and strong benefits. Some of Foley's employee benefits highlighted were expanded paternity leave, on-site manicures and massages, and free dinner on Thursdays. 

March 2017
Free at Last

Through the hard work of Foley attorney Naikang Tsao (Madison), James Patterson was freed in 2014 as part of President Obama's Clemency Project. The Clemency Project focused on low-level non-violent drug offenders like Patterson with limited opportunity and education at the time of sentencing. While serving 14 of his 22-year prison sentence, Patterson learned to read and write, received his GED, sang in the prison choir, and received several work promotions. Today, Patterson's future looks bright, thanks to his deep desire to learn, Tsao's expert legal assistance, and Foley's commitment to worthwhile pro-bono efforts.

February 2017
Hey Now, You're an All-Star

Six Foley partners were named 2017 BTI Client Service All-Stars by The BTI Consulting Group in practices including: IP Litigation; Trademark, Copyright and Advertising; and Distribution and Franchise

The All-Star recipients were solely nominated by clients based on their client focus, innovative thought leadership, unmatched business understanding, outsized value, legal skills and outstanding results. More than 310 general counsel and legal decision makers at large organizations with $1 billion or more in revenue provided feedback to the survey.

December 2016
Keeping It 100

Foley achieved a 100 percent ranking on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC); just as it has for the last several years. Foley's top rating was based on several firm initiatives, including: benefits for domestic partners and transgender employees; retirement benefits for same-sex partners; comprehensive health care coverage for transgender employees; providing pro bono work specific to LGBT-related issues; LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allies) affinity group.

May 2016  

Foley has provided legal counsel to InnovAge, a leading provider of high-quality senior care, in its agreement with private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and its conversion from a nonprofit to for-profit business. "We were pleased to assist InnovAge in surmounting a series of complex legal challenges, both state and federal, to achieve its business goals," said Foley partner Mark Waxman, the case's lead attorney, "In doing so, InnovAge intends to continue to set a high standard in the delivery of quality services to the elderly as a key player in the PACE programs in California, Colorado, and New Mexico."

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Foley & Lardner LLP

777 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 271-2400


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman & CEO: Jay O. Rothman
  • Managing Partner: Stanley S. Jaspan
  • National Recruiting Committee Chair: Robert A. Scher
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 821

  • Base Salary

    Boston; California offices; Chicago; NY; DC
    1st year: $180,000
    Summer associate: $3,500/week

    1st year: $165,000
    Summer associate: $3,200/week

    Detroit; Milwaukee
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,100/week

    1st year: $155,000
    Summer associate: $3,000/week

    1st year: $145,000
    Summer associate: $2,800/week

    Jacksonville; Orlando; Tallahassee
    1st year: $140,000
    Summer associate: $2,700/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    54 out of 54 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Business Law • Intellectual Property • Litigation

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA • Chicago, IL • Detroit, MI • Jacksonville, FL • Los Angeles, CA • Madison, WI • Miami, FL • Milwaukee, WI • New York, NY • Orlando, FL • Sacramento, CA • San Diego, CA • San Francisco, CA • Silicon Valley, CA • Tallahassee, FL • Tampa, FL • Washington, DC Brussels • Tokyo