Foley & Lardner LLP at a Glance


  • “Fellow attorneys”
  • “Constant opportunities to learn”
  • “Interesting assignments”


  • “Uncertainty about partnership”
  • “Lower pay”
  • “Not enough female diversity within IP”

The Buzz

  • “Strong IP”
  • “Great Midwestern firm”
  • “Decent”
  • “Second-rate”

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. 


May 2014

Earning Awards Left and Right
The 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized 79 Foley attorneys as leading lawyers in their fields. Among the attorneys named, nine were ranked at the national level and five were newly recognized in 2014. Four of Foley's practice areas received national rankings-Franchising; Healthcare; Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets; and Sports Law - and 26 practices at the state level were listed.

Corporate Clients Know Best
For the second consecutive year, Foley was listed as one of America's Best Corporate Law Firms by Corporate Board Member magazine, earning a spot in the Top 25. The annual list recognizes leading corporate law firms based on feedback from directors and general counsel of publicly traded companies. These companies are asked about current governance issues and the national law firms they would most likely retain to handle their corporate legal needs. 

April 2014

A Woman of Influence
The Milwaukee Business Journal named Linda Benfield, partner in the Milwaukee office, to its 2014 list of "Women of Influence," in the corporate executive category. This distinguished listing recognizes women in high-level positions for impacting their professions, growing businesses, inspiring future generations and enhancing their community.

Let's go Bucks!
Foley represented Milwaukee Bucks President and Owner Herbert Kohl in the sale of the basketball franchise to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens. The deal is valued at approximately $550 million and will be subject to review and approval by the National Basketball Association Board of Governors. Consistent with his commitment to the Bucks and Milwaukee, Kohl, a former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, has pledged a $100 million gift for the development of a new arena for the team. In addition to honoring Kohl's requirement that the team be kept in Milwaukee, the prospective new owners have committed to contribute at least an additional $100 million towards the development of a new arena in the city. 

The Foley team was led by Partners Patrick Quick and Kevin Schulz, and also included Spencer Moats, Tyler Parramore, Tim Voigtman, Jason Kohout, George Dionisopoulos, Corey Sheahan, Garrett Bishop, Trish Lane, Nick Faleris, Belinda Morgan, Holden Brooks and Irwin Raij, among others.

Client Focused
Foley has been recognized among leading U.S. law firms that are most recommended by corporate counsel, according to a new survey by BTI Consulting Group. The BTI Brand Elite 2014: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms survey found Foley to be a firm that general counsel most often short-list and consider a leading client service strategist. The survey is based solely on in-depth interviews with more than 300 corporate counsel at the world's largest and most influential companies.

Innovation for the Next Generation and Beyond
Foley has been recognized by the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) with the 2014 Your Honor Award in Practice Development for its launch of the Legal Innovation HubSM for NextGen Manufacturers, a firmwide business development and marketing program devoted to next-generation manufacturing. This dedicated network of departments, industry teams and practice groups helps manufacturing clients engage in dialogues and tackle the transformational issues associated with next-generation manufacturing. The annual LMA Your Honor Awards recognizes excellence in legal marketing, sales, business development, public relations and design within a law firm or legal industry setting.

March 2014

Global Leaders
Chambers named four Foley partners-Francisco Cerezo, Michael Kaminski, Stephen Maebius and John Murphy-in the Chambers Global 2014 guide. In addition, the firm was recognized for the following practice areas: Intellectual Property: International Firms - Japan, as well as Privacy & Data Security - U.S.A.

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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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Stanley S. Jaspan
  • National Recruiting Committee Chair: Robert A. Scher
  • Chairman & CEO: Jay O. Rothman
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 861

  • Employment Contact
    Kara E. Nelson, Esq.
    National Director of Legal Recruiting
    Phone: (414) 297-5587
    Fax: (414) 297-4900

  • Base Salary
    Detroit, MI; Milwaukee, WI
    1st year:  $130,000
    Summer associate:  $2,500/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; 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
    53 out of 54 (2013)

  • 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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