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Foley & Lardner LLP

At a Glance


“The people are great.”

“Lots of responsibility and flexibility.”

“Excellent compensation for the Milwaukee market.”


“Salary and bonuses are below market.”

“Hit your hours or bust.”

“Stressful work and 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. 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. 

Virtual Assistance

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.

COVID-19 Update

In response to COVID-19 in 2020, Foley & Lardner hosted its first ever all-virtual summer associate program in 16 offices across the country for six weeks. In 2021, the firm reverted to the pre-pandemic summer program calendar and hosted a 10-week virtual program, which included in-person components in several offices. During the pandemic, the firm continued to deliver summer programs that consisted 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 utilizes 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

  • In July 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the trademark registration of Foley client, overturning the USPTO’s “” argument.
  • Foley served as co-counsel to Los Angeles County in a historic agreement reached in June 2020 to provide shelter and services to the city’s vulnerable, homeless population.
  • Foley represented Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. in its $250 million Cannabis REIT offering in January 2020.
  • In December 2019, Foley represented InSight Telepsychiatry in its merger with Regroup Health, creating the largest and most comprehensive telepsychiatry service provider in the country.
  • Perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index for the eighth consecutive year, 2021—Human Rights Campaign
  • 97 attorneys recognized; 8 practice areas ranked nationally; 41 practices recognized at the state level, 2021—Chambers USA
  • 20 attorneys earned “Lawyer of the Year”; 243 attorneys from 18 offices listed, 2021—The Best Lawyers in America
  • Gold Standard Certification for promoting gender diversity, 2021—WILEF
  • 27 national Tier 1 rankings and 127 metropolitan Tier 1 rankings, 2021—U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”
Foley & Lardner LLP

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

Firm Stats

Chairman & CEO: Jay O. Rothman
Managing Partner: Stanley S. Jaspan
National Recruiting Committee Chair: Robert A. Scher
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2021:
Billable-Hour Requirement:
For the first three years following law school graduation, the firm expects associates to record a minimum of 1,900 billable hours. For all other associates and senior counsel, the minimum billable-hour expectation is 1,950. The firm expects all associates to record a minimum of 150 investment-time hours during the billable year.

Base Salary

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, Madison, Milwaukee, Tampa:
1st Year: $160,000
Summer Associate: $3,100/week Jacksonville, Orlando, Tallahassee:
1st Year: $140,000
Summer Associate: $2,700/week 2022—All Offices:
Effective 2/1/22, first-year associate salaries in all offices will increase to $202,500

Employment Contact

Amy B. Moynihan
Director of Legal Recruiting
(312) 832-4318

No. of U.S. Offices: 21

No. of International Offices: 3

Major Office Locations

Austin, TX
Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Detroit, MI
Houston, TX
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 I Brussels
Mexico City

Major Departments

Business Law
Intellectual Property
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.