Foley & Lardner LLP at a Glance


  • “Meaningful work right away”
  • “Laid back, Mid-Western culture”
  • “People are team players”


  • “Below market bonuses”
  • “Trouble retaining women in high-level positions”
  • “Workflow distribution”

The Buzz

  • “Positive, Midwestern feel”
  • “Solid”
  • “Wisconsin”
  • “Mid-tier”

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. 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.


April 2016
Milwaukee's Best

Foley's Milwaukee office was recognized among the Top Large Workplaces in Southeastern Wisconsin by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for the seventh consecutive year. Foley is the only law firm to receive a ranking in the top 11 each year since the inception of the awards. 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. 

February 2016
Artful Litigation

The Florida Second District Court of Appeals upheld a $24.6 million award obtained by Foley on behalf of the three trustees of the Robert Rauschenberg Revocable Trust. The award had been challenged by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation who asserted that the fees awarded were excessive. The court unanimously affirmed the award of the fees, upholding a previous decision by Lee County Circuit Judge Jay Rosman with regard to both the method for calculating the fees and the amount. In the four years following Rauschenberg's death in 2008, the trustees increased the value of his artwork from approximately $600 million to nearly $2.2 billion.

December 2015

Foley is proud to serve as primary legal counsel for #GivingTuesday, an annual day of charitable giving held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, which saw record-breaking global participation in 2015 and the highest number of online donations since its inception in 2012. In addition to providing trademark, branding and prosecution support to develop the #GivingTuesday brand and logo, Foley has handled third party agreements and licensing issues; copyright, website and privacy issues; sweepstakes and contests; grant programs; foreign trademark issues and usage guidelines, among other work.

Patent Home Run

Foley secured a complete victory in the Federal Circuit on behalf of Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLB Advanced Media), ending a 12-year patent dispute. The case dates back to 2003 and stems from a dispute over a method of condensing a recorded baseball game. In December 2014, the Southern District of New York granted MLB Advanced Media's summary judgment motion, confirming MLB Advanced Media's technology did not infringe Baseball Quick's patent either literally, or under the doctrine of equivalents.

November 2015
A Perfect 100

Foley achieved a 100 percent ranking on the 2016 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). 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.

September 2015
Patinaje Por Cuba

Foley provided pro bono legal counsel to Cuba Skate, a U.S.-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to skateboarding equipment in Cuba with the hopes to foster a constructive environment for Cuban youth. The Foley team worked side-by-side with law students as part of the Georgetown Law and Entrepreneurship Practicum. Together, the Foley team, JD students, and a Georgetown professor successfully helped Cuba Skate establish a new entity after prior attempts to form the company were stalled by embargo and sanction related regulations. Once the new entity was formed, the team worked with Cuba Skate to apply for tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status from the IRS.

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Foley & Lardner LLP

777 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202-5306
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 2016: 839

  • Base Salary

    Boston; California offices; Chicago; New York; 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) (2015)

  • 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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