Foley Hoag

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Foley Hoag LLP
Foley Hoag
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts
No. of offices 4
No. of attorneys approximately 250
Major practice areas Life sciences, healthcare, technology, Energy and Cleantech, investment management, professional services, sovereign states
Key people Adam Kahn, Kenneth Leonetti (co-managing partners)
Date founded April 1, 1943
Founder Henry Foley and Garrett Hoag
Company type Limited liability partnership

Foley Hoag LLP (formerly Foley, Hoag & Eliot LLP) is a law firm headquartered in Boston, with additional offices in New York City, Paris, France and Washington, D.C.. The firm represents public and private clients in a wide range of disputes and transactions worldwide. It offers regional, national and international legal services. Represented industries include life sciences and healthcare, technology, energy and renewables, investment management, and professional services. Foley Hoag also specializes in international litigation and arbitration, and corporate social responsibility services.


The firm was founded on April 1, 1943[1] when Henry Elliot Foley teamed with Garrett Scattergood Hoag. The two founders began their firm in a three-room office at 10 Post Office Square in Boston's Financial District.

The firm was involved in Boston's early civil rights struggle and the Boston busing crisis when it represented the plaintiffs in a 1970s lawsuit that brought desegregation to Boston Public Schools.[2] This legal victory resulted in the firm establishing the Foley Hoag Foundation,[3] which focuses on improving race relations in Boston.[4]

Foley Hoag is also involved in the Boston-area entrepreneurial community, providing counsel local technology startup companies. In 2002, the firm moved its main office to its current location in the Seaport District in South Boston.[5]

Foley Hoag opened its first office outside of Massachusetts in Washington, D.C. in 1985,[6] focusing on international litigation and arbitration practices. The firm's corporate social responsibility, government strategies and healthcare practices are also based in D.C. In June 2011, the firm opened an office in Paris to serve overseas companies and sovereign states in international arbitration and litigation matters.[7] In May 2015, the firm opened its first office in New York to expand its intellectual property and international litigation practices.[8]

Practice areas[edit]

Foley Hoag has industry-focused practices in energy and clean tech, life sciences, healthcare, investment management, professional services, sovereign states and technology.[9]

The firm also has an international litigation and arbitration practice group which represents both corporations and foreign governments. In 2008 the firm successfully represented the government of Bolivia in a challenge to the nationalization of a telecom company.[10] Since 2010 the firm's CSR Practice has served as the Secretariat for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

Notable alumni[edit]

Industry Recognition[edit]

Some Foley Hoag attorneys appear annually in compendiums such as Chambers USA,[12] Chambers Global[13] and Best Lawyers. Several of its practices have also been noted in publications such as U.S. News & World Report[14] and Corporate Counsel[15]

The firm has also been listed in various business and legal industry rankings as a premiere workplace.[16] Vault's 2015 "Top Best Firms to Work For" list named Foley Hoag the third-best law firm to work for nationally. The firm also placed first nationally in firm culture, hours, and LGBT diversity, and was ranked in the top 10 in many other individual categories, including training and mentoring, pro bono work, and transparency.[17] Foley Hoag has been in the Vault top 10 for the last four years, coming in at fifth for 2012, and sixth for both 2013 and 2014.[17] In 2011, 2012 and 2013, the firm was recognized by the Boston Globe's "Top Places to Work" survey as a leading place of employment in Massachusetts.[16][18][19] In 2014 the firm was ranked ninth nationally in The American Lawyer 2014 Mid-Level Associates Satisfaction survey.[20]


  1. ^ "Foley Hoag LLP | InsideView Directory". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "40 Years Later, Boston Looks Back On Busing Crisis | WBUR". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Vault (Firm); Djordjevich, V. (2006). Vault Guide to Law Firm Diversity Programs. p. 466. ISBN 9781581314403. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Foley Hoag Foundation | Foley Hoag". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Prestigious Boston Law Firm Relocates to Seaport District; Foley Hoag Paves the Way to Waterfront; Becomes Anchor Tenant at New World Trade Center West. Business Wire, 28 May 2002
  6. ^ "Foley Hoag Continues Growth of International Litigation and Arbitration Practice | Business Wire". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Foley Hoag to Open in Paris With Winston & Strawn Hires. AmLaw Daily, June 23, 2011
  8. ^ Foley Hoag opens New York office The Boston Globe May 12, 2015
  9. ^ "Practices | Foley Hoag". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  10. ^ Foley Hoag Wins Key Victory for Government of Bolivia in Investor Dispute over Nationalization of Telephone Company Entel., 1 August 2008.
  11. ^ "News Archives | Embassy of the United States Oslo, Norway". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Chambers USA". 
  13. ^ "Chambers Global". 
  14. ^ "U.S. News & World Report". 
  15. ^ "Human Rights On Hold". Corporate Counsel. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Top Places To Work 2013". Boston Globe. 
  17. ^ a b "Vault". 
  18. ^ "Top Places To Work 2011". Boston Globe. 
  19. ^ "Top Places To Work 2012". Boston Globe. 
  20. ^ "The Best Places to Work". The American Lawyer. 

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