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Foley & Lardner LLP

Main Office: 777 East Wisconsin Avenue | Milwaukee | WI | 53202-5306

Phone: 414-271-2400 | Fax: 414-297-4900

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Foley & Lardner LLP


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Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Current Employee Current Employee Mr. San Francisco

Advice to law firm management:
If you are looking for stability with benefits then this is a great law firm to work for but if you are looking for variety and opportunities to advance your career then this would not be a firm that you would want to build a future with.

This firm has is a steady place to work for. They offer great benefits packages with a variety of offerings. The company is large so there will be plenty of work and there is never a question of if you will be able to get a case to work on. The company has a long history and will be here for the long haul.

The firm struggles with organization and communications. Upper management could do better with working with others. The office can also be somewhat mundane as you will get the same types of cases day in and day out. You will also be required to put in very long days.

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Length of Employment:
10+ years

Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Current Employee Current Employee Mr. San Francisco

Advice to law firm management:
For the managers, be more involved in the work you put on your staff.

This firm offers really awesome benefits to go along with the great pay. I was excited to work at this firm because of the big name and the endless possible doors it could potentially open for me down the road. I never felt lost or confused with the tedious workload; we were given great training to prepare use for what we were getting ourselves into.

I felt underappreciated even when busting my hump to somehow reach their set billable hours. Management doesn't really pay attention to their staff, they really don't even seem to know what an individual is specifically working on; all they care about is if those hours are met.

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Headline: Become a Part of a High-Caliber Team of Attorneys at Foley & Lardner LLP in the Bay Area. Foley & Lardner LLP is a global law firm that provides a broad range of services in the areas of litigation, corporate, and technology matters. With 24 offices located across the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Asia, Foley is a leader in providing legal services to businesses, organizations, and individuals around the world. Foley's Bay Area offices are located in both San Francisco and Palo Alto, and offer attorneys unparalleled opportunities to join a high-caliber team of attorneys. Foley offers a diverse range of legal services, from litigation to corporate law, and helps its clients address their legal needs. The firm also offers a variety of practice areas, including intellectual property, energy, real estate, tax, and labor and employment law. Additionally, Foley offers a wide range of business and technology services, including software development, cybersecurity, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets. At Foley, attorneys benefit from a culture of collaboration and innovation. The firm's attorneys work together to provide innovative solutions to their clients' legal needs. Foley also provides attorneys with access to the latest technology, tools, and resources to help them stay ahead of the competition. Additionally, Foley's attorneys have access to various professional development and training opportunities, including workshops, seminars, and internships. Foley & Lardner LLP offers attorneys in the Bay Area a unique opportunity to join a high-caliber team of attorneys and have access to the latest technology, tools, and resources. With a wide range of practice areas, attorneys can be sure to find the right fit for their legal needs. Furthermore, Foley's culture of collaboration and innovation allows attorneys to work together to provide innovative solutions to their clients' legal needs. Attorneys at Foley benefit from various professional development and training opportunities, helping them stay ahead of the competition. Join the Foley team and experience the excitement of the Bay Area legal market.

Practice Areas

Foley & Lardner LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Foley & Lardner LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

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.

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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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.

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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.

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.


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