Foley & Lardner

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Foley & Lardner LLP
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HeadquartersU.S. Bank Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
No. of offices24
No. of attorneys1,100
Major practice areasGeneral practice
Key peopleJay Rothman (Chairman & CEO), Stanley S. Jaspan (Managing Partner)
RevenueIncrease $633,000,000 (2010)
Date founded1842
FounderAsahel Finch, Jr., and William Pitt Lynde
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Foley & Lardner LLP is an international law firm started in 1842. According to The American Lawyer, the firm ranked 39th on The American Lawyer's 2011 AmLaw 100 rankings of U.S. law firms, with $633,000,000 in gross revenue in 2010. Foley & Lardner has been in The American Lawyer's annual AmLaw 100 rankings of U.S. law firms by revenue since 1986.[citation needed]


The oldest and largest law firm in Wisconsin, it was established in 1842 as Finch & Lynde. Its founders were Asahel Finch, Jr., a Republican and former Michigan state representative,[1] and William Pitt Lynde, a Democrat who later served in the United States House of Representatives, the Wisconsin state legislature, and as mayor of Milwaukee.[2][3] By 1970 the firm had changed its name 11 times, and was beginning to grow substantially.[4] In 2001, after absorbing firms in Chicago and Washington, D.C., it was the 11th largest firm in the United States.[5]

The firm's current name was adopted in 1969,[6] and refers to two name partners, both corporate lawyers: Leon Foley, who died at age 83 in 1978 after more than 50 years with the firm,[7] and Lynford Lardner, Jr., who died at age 58 in 1973 after drowning in the Milwaukee River.[8] When the firm merged with Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP in 2018, the plan -- (at least initially) -- was to use, in some cities, a firm name including the name partner name "Gardere"[9].

Practice areas[edit]

Foley & Lardner's primary practice areas include intellectual property, business law, litigation, and regulatory.

Prominent clients[edit]

Notable clients of the firm include Johnson Controls, Harley Davidson, Major League Baseball[10] and Acciona.

Notable current and former employees[edit]

  • Barack Obama, Former President of the United States, was a summer associate in the Chicago office
  • Russ Feingold, Former United States Senator from Wisconsin, was an associate in the Madison office[11]
  • Antonin Scalia, United States Supreme Court Justice, was a summer associate in the Milwaukee office[12]
  • Jim Doyle, Former Governor of Wisconsin, is of counsel in the Madison office[13]
  • Bob DuPuy, former president and chief operating officer of Major League Baseball, has been a partner in the Milwaukee and New York offices[14]
  • Thomas E. Fairchild, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge and Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, was an associate in the Milwaukee office from 1945 to 1948[15]
  • Marcia Morales Howard, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, was an associate in the Jacksonville office[16]
  • William Isaac, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 1981 to 1985 and current Chairman of consulting firm LECG’s Global Financial Services
  • Scott L. Klug, Former United States Congressman from Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district, is a public affairs director in the Madison office[6]
  • William M. Conley, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, was a partner in the Madison office
  • Joan F. Kessler, Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge and candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, was a partner in the Milwaukee office
  • Lisa S. Neubauer, Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge, was a partner in the Milwaukee office
  • Ulice Payne, Jr., Former CEO of the Milwaukee Brewers and first African-American CEO of a Major League Baseball franchise, was a partner in the Milwaukee office
  • Manuel Rocha, Former U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia (2000–02), is a Senior Advisor on International Business in the Miami office
  • Fred Ridley, current Chairman of Augusta National.
  • Brian Hagedorn, Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge, and Candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, worked at the Milwaukee office


  1. ^ Asahel Finch, Jr., Dictionary of Wisconsin History (Wisconsin Historical Society).
  2. ^ "William Pitt Lynde,", Dictionary of Wisconsin History (Wisconsin Historical Society).
  3. ^ Judy Slinn, "Foley and Lardner: Attorneys at Law, 1842-1992" (book review), Business History (Frank Cass, pub.), January 1, 1994  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  4. ^ "State's Oldest Firm Changed Name 11 Times", Milwaukee Journal, January 6, 1970.
  5. ^ Adrienne Drell, "Longtime law firm here joins megamerger trend", Chicago Sun-Times, February 5, 2001  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  6. ^ a b "Foley & Lardner History", (accessed 2013-04-12).
  7. ^ "Leon Foley Dies; Headed Law Firm", Milwaukee Journal, March 25, 1978.
  8. ^ "Lardner's Death Labeled Drowning", Milwaukee Journal, October 17, 1973.
  9. ^ Chanen, Jill (March 30, 2018). "Foley & Lardner LLP and Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Complete Combination". Foley & Lardner LLP. Foley & Lardner LLP and Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP today announced the successful combination of the two firms, effective April 1, 2018. [...] The combined firm will be known as Foley Gardere in Austin, Dallas, Denver, and Houston and as Foley Gardere Arena in Mexico City. All other offices will operate as Foley & Lardner LLP. With joint revenues of $830 million, the combined firm will be among American Lawyer’s Top 50 U.S. law firms.
  10. ^ Vera Djordjevich (2007), Vault Guide to the Top Chicago & Midwest Law Firms, pp. 118–122, ISBN 9781581314601
  11. ^ Sanford D. Horwitt, Feingold: A New Democratic Party (Simon & Schuster, 2007), ISBN 978-1416546184, pp. 80-82. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  12. ^ Ben Poston, "At new hall, Scalia stresses teaching", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 8, 2010. ("Scalia, who once clerked at Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee between his second and third years at Harvard Law School, joked that Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson had named him an 'honorary cheesehead.'")
  13. ^ Paul Gores, "Doyle joins Foley & Lardner law firm", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 17, 2011.
  14. ^ "DuPuy rejoins Foley & Lardner", Milwaukee Business Journal, February 7, 2011.
  15. ^ Joan H. Lefkow, "Thomas E. Fairchild: A Judge's Legacy" Archived 2010-06-12 at the Wayback Machine, 2007 Wis. L. Rev 1, 4.
  16. ^ "Morales Howard gets District Court appointment", Financial News & Daily Record, February 20, 2007.