About Foley & Lardner LLP
Foley & Lardner LLP looks beyond the law to focus on the constantly evolving demands facing our clients and their industries. With nearly 900 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, Foley approaches client service by first understanding our clients’ priorities, objectives and challenges. We work hard to understand our clients’ issues and forge long-term relationships with them to help achieve successful outcomes and solve their legal issues through practical business advice and cutting-edge legal insight. Our clients view us as trusted business advisors because we understand that great legal service is only valuable if it is relevant, practical and beneficial to their businesses.
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- Foley has extended its legal services to some of the notable clients such as Johnson Controls, Harley Davidson, Major League Baseball and Acciona.
- The firm represented Guggenheim Baseball Management in its acquisition of the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking the single largest transaction ever for a professional sports franchise. This complex transaction, valued at over $2 billion, involved a unique and highly competitive sale process and an aggressive timeline.
- IT represented Quad/Graphics, Inc. in the acquisition of World Color Press Inc. and related acquisition financing (with combined market capitalization of approximately $2 billion). As a result of the deal, Quad/Graphics became a publicly traded company listed on the NYSE.
- Obtained allowances for EnGeneIC Molecular Delivery Pty Ltd. in the United States, Europe, and Japan for patent claims critical to the client's global effort to develop a paradigm-breaking technology for delivery of therapeutic molecules, including interfering RNAs.
Area of practice
Foley & Lardner LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.
Government & Public Policy
Awards and recognitions
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.
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.