Foley & Lardner LLP

Main office 777 East Wisconsin Avenue, | Milwaukee | WI | 53202-5306
Phone 414-271-2400 
Fax 414-297-4900 
Year of establishment 1842
Number of offices 21
Largest office Milwaukee
Number of attorneys 1092
Number of associates 285
Number of partners 482
Partner: associate ratio 1.70
Percent women attorneys 26.20
Percent minority attorneys 12.40
Percent gay attorneys 2.00


Foley & Lardner LLP is a leading international law firm with offices in eighteen major cities in the US as well as Brussels, Shanghai and Tokyo having a total of over 1000 attorneys. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Foley & Lardner is known for its litigation department. The firm has expanded from its Midwest roots to become a global law firm with strong practices in intellectual property, healthcare, regulatory law, and tax. In 2010, the firm's gross revenue fell 5% to around US$ 633,000,000. The firm has four core departments, i.e. business law, intellectual property, litigation and regulated industries and cutting-edge industry teams. Foley is recognized by its clients and within the law fraternity for its team-based approach, innovative technology and focus on value and client service. Foley offers trust and wealth administration services through its Foley Private Office division, and it has trademarked its KnowledgeGate Web resource. Also, the firm has developed Foley ClientSuite, which is a "virtual office" that lets clients access customized packages of white papers, guidelines and policy documents. Started in 1842, Foley's unique culture and core values have been developed and maintained for more than 150 years now. Founded by Asahel Finch, Jr., and William Pitt Lynde, Foley has a rich history of legal practice. The firm was one of the oldest law firms in Wisconsin. It took more than a century for the firm to get established outside Wisconsin. In the Midwest, Foley cemented its status as a regional heavy hitter via a 2001 merger with storied firm Hopkins & Sutter but the merger didn't go off well as nearly half of the subsumed firm's Chicago attorneys left within three years. In 2007, Foley opened offices from Miami to Shanghai. Today the firm offers international services aimed at clients in China, Japan, Israel and Latin America.

Areas of practice

  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Banking and Financial Institution Litigation
  • Bankruptcy and Restructuring
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Domestic and International Arbitration & Mediation
  • Employment Litigation and Counseling
  • Entertainment and Media Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Government Contracts Litigation
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation

  • International Trade Commission Proceedings
  • Investment Fund and Fund Advisor Litigation
  • Life Sciences Litigation
  • Plaintiffs' Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Public Strategy in High Profile Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Satellite and Aerospace Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Sports Litigation
  • Structured Finance and Derivatives Litigation
  • Transnational Litigation
  • White Collar and Corporate Investigations

Notable cases

  • Foley has extended its legal services to some of the notable clients such as Johnson Controls, Harley Davidson, Major League Baseball and Acciona.
  • The firm represented Guggenheim Baseball Management in its acquisition of the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking the single largest transaction ever for a professional sports franchise. This complex transaction, valued at over $2 billion, involved a unique and highly competitive sale process and an aggressive timeline.
  • IT represented Quad/Graphics, Inc. in the acquisition of World Color Press Inc. and related acquisition financing (with combined market capitalization of approximately $2 billion). As a result of the deal, Quad/Graphics became a publicly traded company listed on the NYSE.
  • Obtained allowances for EnGeneIC Molecular Delivery Pty Ltd. in the United States, Europe, and Japan for patent claims critical to the client's global effort to develop a paradigm-breaking technology for delivery of therapeutic molecules, including interfering RNAs.

Awards and recognitions

Foley regularly receives accolades from industry experts and from its clients for legal services, client-focused technology, and client service.

Recognized for excellence by Chambers USA regionally in 25 practice areas (in 2012).
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel named Foley's Milwaukee office as one of the "Top Workplaces" in Southeastern Wisconsin for the third consecutive year in 2012.
According to The American Lawyer, Foley ranked 39th on The American Lawyer's 2011 AmLaw 100 rankings of U.S. law firms.
In 2009, The BTI Consulting Group (Wellesley, MA) published a study that recognized Foley as the best law firm in the country in client service.

Hiring criteria

Foley offers opportunities to every law professional to develop, advance, and excel in his/her respective career. The firm encourages teamwork, community involvement, and work-life balance.

The firm is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It looks for students who can think 'outside the box' and are eager to confront new challenges and responsibilities. The hiring process is not formula-driven, and a legal career here is more than a stack of briefs and endless contracts.

Foley also recruits through placement and job fairs. The firm visited 32 law schools in 2011 for campus recruitments, while it participated in 10 job fairs during the year.


At Foley & Lardner, diversity is both a moral imperative and a competitive advantage. The firm embraces diversity within its workforce and promotes equal opportunities for all of its attorneys and staff.

The dedication towards diversity is reflected in the firm's Statement of Core values, "the inclusion of our diverse attorneys and staff and to [support] the success of all our people."

The firm seeks to recruit, retain, and promote individuals of all backgrounds, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, religion, or disability.

The firm is committed to hire at least 20% minority associates in each associate and summer associate class.

Summer associate program

Summer associates in Foley & Lardner's eight-week summer program work on an average of 15 assignments that they choose through an online database of available assignments. Summer associates get US$ 2500 per week as summer compensation. Training is provided through 'Foley Academy,' while the firm offers a large variety of pro bono opportunities to its summer associates.

Salary & benefits

Starting salaries for the first-year associates hover in the range of $ 130,000 to $160,000 per annum in the major legal markets, and $110,000 to $145,000 in the smaller markets.

Salaries are no longer lockstep for fourth-year associates and beyond, and instead there is a range of salaries within each tier.

The firm has kept conducive leave policy for new parents. As per the parental leave policy, new parents get four consecutive weeks of paid leave provided they regularly worked 20 or more hours per week and completed at least one full year of service with the firm at the time of the birth or adoption.

Bonuses are based on the overall contribution to the firm during the year. To be eligible for a bonus, associates must bill at least 1,850 hours. Bonuses are paid at the end of the fiscal year.

Associates receive their own office in their first year. New associates receive relocation benefits, including up to a $5,000 reimbursement for moving expenses and reimbursement of expenses related to the bar exam and bar admission.

  • Y1 $0-$160,000.00


  • 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
  • Bar Association Fees
  • Business Casual Dress Code
  • CLE
  • Dental Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family/Dependent Care Leave
  • Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
  • Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Parental Leave
  • Parking/Transportation
  • Profit Sharing
  • Relocation Expenses
  • Sabbatical Program
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
  • Vacation Leave
  • Vision Insurance

Working for the Foley & Lardner LLP

    Foley has a free-market system where associates are responsible for getting their own work. Senior counsel and associates have to record a minimum of 1850 billable hours and a minimum of 150 investment time hours during the firm's billable year.

    Foley offers a full spectrum of weekly in-house and external training programs, as well as a formal mentoring program.

    Associates look for the opportunity to do cutting-edge work while maintaining a healthy work/life balance. While some aspects such as opaque compensation system, more committees and procedures than the federal government and an identity crisis for the firm play as a drag, there are positives such as Midwestern work ethic and friendliness, access to national-level work, even in regional offices and reasonable hours make it attractive to work at Foley.

    The firm has one partnership track, averaging eight to ten years to eligibility.

Pro bono

    Foley encourages associates to do pro bono work. A maximum of 100 pro bono hours will be counted towards billable and bonus requirements. In 2010, on average, a notable 100 % of associates performed 106 hours of pro bono work each. The firm has increased its focus on pro bono efforts towards immigration and asylum law as well as civil and children's rights.

    Arts & artists, post-conviction representation, attention to the needs of children and individual rights are some of the other pro bono areas of work for the firm.

    In less than four years, Foley increased its total annual pro bono hours by 192 percent and more than doubled the number of attorneys performing pro bono work.

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