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About Foley Hoag

To appreciate the Foley Hoag difference, consider our history. In 1943, the legal profession was an exclusionary culture enforced by a rigid unwritten social code. Yet two individuals, Henry Foley and Garrett Hoag, defied the status quo, daring to establish a different kind of law firm based on a radically new criterion: individual merit.

This commitment, which endures seven decades later, has yielded a high-performing firm with a long record of success across a wide range of industries. Blending the best of tradition and innovation, our lawyers – past and present, in the United States and around the world – practice at the highest levels of the profession, delivering the highest level of client service.

Over the past eight decades, we have evolved and adapted along with the law. Our clients value our ability to anticipate trends both in the law and in their specific industries. As we’ve evolved, however, we have preserved the best of traditional lawyering. In a world driven by technology, we still pick up the phone and seek the face-to-face interactions needed to cultivate solid client relationships. This is just one aspect of our professionally serious yet easy-going culture, which has inspired unusual loyalty in both our clients and our lawyers.

Since the firm was founded, we have established deep roots in the Boston-area entrepreneurial community, focusing considerable resources on cultivating the next generation of technology companies. We work closely with these organizations throughout their entire lifecycle, from inception through financing, growth and maturity. We host hundreds of events every year for entrepreneurs and investors, who often find new business partners before the night is over.

Our distinguished alumni include global business leaders, general counsel of leading companies, a U.S. senator, a U.S. ambassador, accomplished state policy leaders, university presidents, and the first African-American partner at a Boston law firm.

We have invested in our community locally and globally through endeavors such as the Foley Hoag Foundation, established in 1980 and still deeply committed to improving Boston’s race relations. Our pro bono program, independently ranked in the country’s top one percent, focuses on a wide range of matters around social justice, education, nonprofit support, intellectual property rights and economic fairness.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1943 Number of Partners 96
Number of offices 3 Partner:associate ratio 0.90
Biggest office Boston Percentage of women attorneys 28.20
Number of attorneys 210 Percentage of minority attorneys 15.50
Number of associates 105 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 5.00
Area of practice

Foley Hoag practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Auditor Defense
  • Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
  • Business & Commercial Disputes
  • Cleantech & Renewables
  • Corporate Finance & Securities
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Employment Compliance Counseling & Training
  • Employment Discrimination & Harassment
  • Energy
  • Entrepreneurial Services
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Federal Government Strategies
  • Fund Formation
  • General Business Counseling
  • Hedge Funds
  • Immigration
  • Infrastructure & Construction
  • Insurance Recovery
  • International Business
  • International Commercial & Construction Arbitration
  • International Court Of Justice
  • International Litigation & Arbitration
  • Investor State Arbitration
  • Labor & Employment
  • Labor Relations
  • Licensing & Strategic Alliances
  • Litigation
  • Maritime & Land Boundary Disputes
  • Massachusetts Gaming
  • Medicare Coverage & Reimbursement
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Non Competition Agreements Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition
  • Nonprofit
  • Nonprofit & Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Pro Bono
  • Product Liability & Complex Tort
  • Ptab Proceedings
  • Public International Law
  • Real Estate & Development
  • Retaliation & Whistleblowing Issues
  • Sbic
  • Securities Litigation
  • Social Ventures
  • Solar Project Finance And Development
  • State Attorney General Investigations
  • State Government Strategies
  • State Government Strategies For Life Sciences
  • Taxation
  • Trade Sanctions & Export Controls
  • Trademark Copyright & Unfair Competition
  • Venture Capital
  • Wage & Hour
  • White Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Awards and recognitions

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2014) - International arbitration practice noted nationally; ranked 30 Foley Hoag LLP lawyers across 11 practice categories, representing 30 percent of the firm's partnership.
Corporate Counsel magazine - Named by clients as "Go-To-Firm" in both intellectual property and technology.
The U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers 2014 "Best Law Firm" rankings - Foley Hoag ranked a top-tier law firm in several categories; noted in 26 practice areas overall; ranked in the first tier nationally for environmental litigation; listed in the first tier in Boston for 14 practice areas.
Vault career intelligence website - 6th on list of 20 Best Law Firms to Work For in the nation (2014); 3rd in the pro bono category; 2nd in the hours category and 5th for LGBT diversity.
The Boston Globe's Top Places to Work - Recognized in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as a leading place of employment in Massachusetts in the Globe's annual survey that singles out companies which demonstrate effective ways to create and provide a positive work environment.
The American Lawyer - Ranked 14th out of the AmLaw 200 law firms in the magazine's 2014 pro bono report.
Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) - Foley Hoag honored for "Largest Donation" three years running in its annual Associates Drive. Many of the firm's approximately 20,000 hours of pro bono legal work annually are devoted to GBLS matters.

Summer associate program

It's true what they say: Summer Associate is the best job ever. We want our Summer Associates to have a rewarding and eye-opening experience, and we devote substantial energy to building a program that will allow you to experience all aspects of life at Foley Hoag.

As a Summer Associate you'll have the opportunity to choose your own assignments, experiencing as many or as few practice areas as you'd like. You'll work on real matters for real clients. You'll participate in team strategy meetings, go to court, assist at a closing. You'll get priceless on-the-job training, advice, and feedback from seasoned Partners and Associates, and take part in seminars aimed at transforming your law school knowledge into real world skills. And, as you might expect, there will be plenty of social outings to allow you to meet the firm's lawyers.

Challenging work, valuable training, and lots of fun. We hope you'll join us for Summer 2015!

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Foley Hoag Headquarters

Seaport West ,
155 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA


Foley Hoag Office

1875 K Street, NW ,
Suite 800
Washington, DC

202-223-1200 phone


Foley Hoag Office

Bay Colony Corporate Center, Emerging Enterprise Center ,
1000 Winter Street , Suite 4000, North Entrance
Waltham, MA

781.895.5900 phone


Foley Hoag Office

Americas Tower 1177 Avenue of the Americas ,
5th Floor
New York City, NY

646-927-5500 phone
646-927-5599 fax

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