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]

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[9] and Acciona.

Notable current and former employees[edit]

Fred Ridley, current Chairman of Augusta National.


  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. ^ Vera Djordjevich (2007), Vault Guide to the Top Chicago & Midwest Law Firms, pp. 118–122, ISBN 9781581314601
  10. ^ Sanford D. Horwitt, Feingold: A New Democratic Party (Simon & Schuster, 2007), ISBN 978-1416546184, pp. 80-82. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  11. ^ 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.'")
  12. ^ Paul Gores, "Doyle joins Foley & Lardner law firm", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 17, 2011.
  13. ^ "DuPuy rejoins Foley & Lardner", Milwaukee Business Journal, February 7, 2011.
  14. ^ Joan H. Lefkow, "Thomas E. Fairchild: A Judge's Legacy", 2007 Wis. L. Rev 1, 4.
  15. ^ "Morales Howard gets District Court appointment", Financial News & Daily Record, February 20, 2007.