2023 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“I love that I get to work with nice people. It doesn't seem like work when I have a really cool client and task and I get to collaborate with people just as cool. Even when a deadline is approaching, it's a lot less stressful. I also love that I have my own spacious office. This is a GIGANTIC perk.”
“Compensation, which is close to top levels in BigLaw but in a true familial culture and reasonable hours requirements. I cannot imagine being told at any other firm they would like to see me bill fewer hours because I exceed their goals, and they would rather I focused on investing in the firm and BD over just billing more hours and to avoid burnout.”
“In my current state, the workload. While I appreciate that we keep a lean staff so that we do not generally have billable hour issues, at times this creates an overload of work.”
“Challenging and unclear office expectations. The firm lacks workload management and distribution, which poses a challenge to filling one's plate, particularly in the pandemic times.”
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, healthcare, life sciences, and technology fields. With an excellent healthcare 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 Lone Star State and Mexico City. Today, the firm has 22 domestic offices and 3 international offices.
In Good Health
Foley & Lardner is organized into three major departments—business law, intellectual property, and litigation—that encompass more than 60 practice areas. The firm takes a sector-driven service approach, with a focus on energy, health care and life sciences, innovative technology, and manufacturing. This approach has also put Foley in a strong position to address some of the most pressing trends shaping businesses, from supply chain disruption and ESG to digital health and artificial intelligence.
The firm is known for its healthcare practice, which focuses on everything from healthcare litigation to international healthcare to post-acute care and senior housing to telemedicine. 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 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.
News & Awards
- Hilton Grand Vacations in its $1.4 billion acquisition of Diamond Resorts International
- The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the trademark registration of client Booking.com, overturning the USPTO’s “generic.com” argument.
- BP America Production Company in its $10.5 billion acquisition of most of BHP Billiton Petroleum (North America) Inc.’s onshore U.S. oil and natural gas assets.
- Co-counsel in a U.S. Supreme Court tax victory for U.S. subsidiaries of Canadian National Railway in a ruling that the subsidiaries, and their employees, were entitled to refunds of Railroad Retirement Tax on CN stock distributed to employees when they exercised stock options.
- Perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the ninth consecutive year, 2022
- 97 Foley attorneys were recognized in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA; Nine of Foley’s practice areas received national rankings and 41 practices were recognized at the state level in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA
- 14 Foley attorneys earned Best Lawyers 2022 “Lawyer of the Year”; 236 of the firm’s attorneys from 18 offices have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2022
- Gold Standard Certification for promoting gender diversity, 2021—WILEF
- 29 national Tier 1 rankings and 134 metropolitan Tier 1 rankings, 2022 edition of U.S. News –Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”
777 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 271-2400
Chairman & CEO: Daljit Doogal
Managing Partner: Stanley S. Jaspan
National Recruiting Committee Chair: Robert A. Scher
Total No. Attorneys (2022):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2021:
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.
1st year: $215,000
Amy B. Moynihan
Director of Legal Recruiting
No. of U.S. Offices: 22
No. of International Offices: 3
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