2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The culture and people at the firm make this firm a great place to work.”
“The quality of work and clients.”
“Bonuses could be higher.”
“The hours and stress.”
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. From the late 20th century into the early 21st century, the firm underwent several mergers and continued to expand around the country and the globe. The firm’s most recent merger in 2018 with Gardere Wynne Sewell brought the firm to the Lonestar state and Mexico City. Today, the firm has 21 domestic offices and 3 international offices.
In Good Health
Foley & Lardner is organized into three major departments: business law, intellectual property, and litigation. The firm boasts industry teams in the airport & aviation, automotive, energy, food & beverage, health care, hospitality & leisure, life sciences, manufacturing, maritime, retail, sports & entertainment, and technology sectors.
The firm is known for its health care practice, which focuses on everything from health care litigation to international health care to post-acute care and senior housing to telemedicine and digital health. Foley & Lardner’s lawyers bring a variety of experience, including in the medical field as former health practitioners or in government agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services.
The firm also has a strong IP practice. Its lawyers have deep experience in developing IP strategy, completing patent applications, handling IP litigation matters, doing IP due diligence, and counseling on trademark and copyright issues.
Foley prides itself in being a leader in leveraging technology to provide best-in-class tools that support both internal and external clients. According to the firm, its “AI-driven legal research and document production tools support the matter life-cycle, while our pricing tool provides billing transparency and client control throughout the process.” The firm’s client extranet, Foley Collaborate, provides a secure workspace that clients can access from anywhere and use to manage their matters and documents.
In response to COVID-19, Foley & Lardner hosted its first ever fully virtual summer associate program this year in 16 offices across the country. Our recruiting team developed a six-week all-virtual program of substantive training, networking activities, and work opportunities to help our summer associates learn more about Foley, our people, our culture, and the legal services we provide to our clients.
Foley’s recruiting team plans to utilize virtual tools and conferencing platforms to interview law students nationwide. In addition to attending school interview programs and virtual job fairs, Foley has launched alternative media sources such as our podcast, The Path & The Practice, and a Legal Talent and Development blog to help showcase the firm’s culture.
News & Awards
Foley expanded its annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competition to Chicago this year and continued the competition in Dallas and Houston. School children in the three cities presented original speeches answering a question designed to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Foley jumped up two spots on this year’s “Am Law 100” and is now ranked as the 46th largest firm based on gross revenues of $920,427,000 for the last fiscal year, a 10 percent increase over the previous year.
Despite stay-at-home orders forcing most Foley employees to work remotely, the firm found ways to keep everyone connected like the Dallas office’s virtual engagement program, which was heralded in media including DMagazine, Human Resources Executive, and the Spotlight of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce.
- The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the trademark registration of Foley client Booking.com, overturning the USPTO’s “generic.com” argument. (July 2020)
- Foley served as co-counsel to Los Angeles County in a historic agreement to provide shelter and services to the city’s vulnerable, homeless population. (June 2020)
- Foley represented Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. in its $250 Million Cannabis REIT offering. (January 2020)
- Foley represented InSight Telepyschiatry in its merger with Regroup Health, creating the largest and most comprehensive telepsychiatry service provider in the country. (December 2019)
- Perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the seventh consecutive year, 2020
- Eighty-six Foley attorneys were recognized in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA; Six of Foley’s practice areas received national rankings and 30 practices were recognized at the state level in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA
- Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate (for the firm’s pro bono work helping financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses), April 2020—USPTO
- Gold Standard Certification for promoting gender diversity, June 2020—WILEF
- 79 national Tier 1 rankings and 125 metropolitan Tier 1 rankings, 2019 edition of U.S. News–Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”
777 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 271-2400
Chairman & CEO: Jay O. Rothman
Managing Partner: Stanley S. Jaspan
National Recruiting Committee Chair: Robert A. Scher
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Boston; California; Chicago; Denver; New York; Texas; Washington, DC
1st year: $190,000
Summer Associate: $3,650/week Miami
1st year: $170,000
Summer Associate: $3,300/week Detroit, Milwaukee, Tampa
1st year: $160,000
Summer Associate: $3,100/week Madison
1st year: $155,000
Summer Associate: $3,000/week Jacksonville; Orlando; Tallahassee
1st year: $140,000
Summer Associate: $2,700/week
Amy B. Moynihan
Director of Legal Recruiting
No. of U.S. Offices: 21
No. of International Offices: 3
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.