Foley & Lardner LLP at a Glance


  • “National reach”
  • “Personable people”
  • “Strong assistant and paralegal support”


  • “Long path to partnership”
  • “Below-market bonuses”
  • “No matching 401(k)”

The Buzz

  • “Friendly”
  • “IP law”
  • “Midwestern firm”
  • “Mediocre”

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. 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. 

Back in the Midwest, meanwhile, Foley cemented its status as a regional heavy hitter via a 2001 merger with storied firm Hopkins & Sutter. The marriage, however, proved far less successful than firm leaders had anticipated, with nearly half of the subsumed firm's Chicago attorneys leaving within three years. In 2007, Foley again embraced expansion, opening offices from Miami to Shanghai. 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. 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. 


April 2015

A Corporate Counsel Favorite

Foley has been recognized among the top 10 U.S. law firms that are most recommended by corporate counsel, according to a new survey by The BTI Consulting Group. Foley's ranking jumped to number 10 on the 2015 BTI Brand Elite list, which recognizes the leading 26 U.S. law firms with the best brands and the most distinct differentiation in the marketplace in such areas as innovation, client service, premium value, client recommendations and bet-the-company work.

The BTI Brand Elite survey is based solely on in-depth interviews with more than 648 corporate counsel at the world's largest and most influential companies.

Award-Winning Pro Bono

Foley was selected to receive the 2014 - 2015 Illinois State Bar Association's John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award. This award recognizes meritorious efforts of lawyers, bar associations and law firms. 

Paying Attention in Evidence Pays Off

Foley attorneys Michael Matthews and Larry Dougherty secured a new trial for pro bono client Joseph Bearden. The Florida Supreme Court agreed with Foley's argument that the trial court improperly excluded a confession that was key evidence in Bearden's defense.  The court held that the trial judge improperly evaluated the credibility of a key witness, wrongly decided that Bearden's statement was not adequate corroboration for another suspect's confession under the U.S. Supreme Court case of Chambers v. Mississippi and improperly prevented Bearden from cross-examining the other suspect.  More than a dozen Foley attorneys, paralegals and researchers collaborated on this terrific result.

March 2015

Diversity Takes a Front Seat

David Sanders, a partner and member of the firm's Diversity Committee and co-chair of the Transactional & Securities Practice in Washington, DC, was recognized as an influential diversity advocate on the Lawyers of Color 2015 Power List. This recognition, now in its fourth year, highlights the nation's most influential minority attorneys and non-minority diversity advocates. This is the third consecutive year a Foley attorney has been recognized by Lawyers of Color, and Sanders' second time as an honoree.

Something New Under the Sun

Foley advised Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world's largest solar power companies, in its acquisition of Recurrent Energy, LLC, a leading North American solar energy developer, from Sharp Corporation for approximately $265 million. This represents the largest solar transaction to date that the Foley Energy Industry Team has closed.

The acquisition of Recurrent expanded Canadian Solar's position as a leading solar energy developer and deepened the company's project development and financing capabilities.

January 2015

A Perfect 100

Foley, once again, scored 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index survey, which rates employers on fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.  The firm ranked among 364 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.  The top rating was based on several firm initiatives:

  • 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
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Foley & Lardner LLP

Firstar Center
777 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202-5306
Phone: (414) 271-2400
Fax: (414) 297-4900
Vault ID: 8104


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Stanley S. Jaspan
  • National Recruiting Committee Chair: Robert A. Scher
  • Chairman & CEO: Jay O. Rothman
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 867

  • Employment Contact
    Rebecca S. Bradley, Esq.
    Director of Legal Recruiting
    Phone: (312) 832-4566
    Fax: (312) 832-4700

  • Base Salary
    Detroit, MI; Milwaukee, WI
    1st year: $140,000
    Summer associate: $2,700/week
    Boston, MA; California offices; Chicago, IL; New York, NY; Washington, DC
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,100/week
    Miami, FL
    1st Year: $145,000
    Summer associate: $2,800/week
    Madison, WI
    1st year: $135,000
    Summer associate: $2,600/week
    Tampa, FL
    1st year:  $125,000
    Summer associate:  $2,400/week
    Jacksonville, FL; Orlando, FL; Tallahassee, FL
    1st year:  $110,000
    Summer associate:  $2,100/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    41 out of 43 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Business Law
    Intellectual Property

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
  • Shanghai
  • Tokyo
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