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Foley & Lardner LLP

  • Designation: Milwaukee
  • Head Count: 849
  • Gross Revenues: $665,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $785,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,065,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Foley & Lardner is a Milwaukee-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Foley & Lardner has 844 attorneys and is the 36th largest firm in the United States.  With $644,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 47th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Foley & Lardner ranked as the 56th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, CO, DC, FL, IL, MA, MI, NY, VA and WI.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 47 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 47 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 36 -5 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 43 0 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 90 -90 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 120 -1 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 73 -2 Summer programs

In the News

Appeals Court Hands PTO a Win in Trademark Row

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : April 27, 2015

In a ruling that could handicap trademark applicants fighting to salvage their brands, the Fourth Circuit concluded that the government can recover legal fees from applicants that look to district courts to challenge adverse rulings by the Patent and Trademark Office.

Family Ties: S&C Partner Helps Private Equity Exec Buy NBA Team

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 23, 2015

Sullivan & Cromwell's Alison Ressler is advising her brother-in-law Antony Ressler, founder of buyout giant Ares Management, on his $850 million acquisition of the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks. Ressler's familial relations also came up this week in leaked Sony emails.

Six Flags Wins Summary Judgment in Patent Suit

: Delaware Law Weekly : April 22, 2015

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed summary judgment for Six Flags Theme Parks Inc. in a patent infringement suit related to braking systems on roller coasters.

Michigan Firm Stays Out of Gay Marriage Case

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : April 13, 2015

The private-practice lawyer who will defend Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court is working independently from his firm, Warner Norcross & Judd, which declined to get involved in the litigation.

Big Law Partner and Ex-Basketball Star Dies at 52

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 10, 2015

Marc Marotta, a corporate and public affairs partner at Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee and one of Wisconsin's most respected attorneys, died Wednesday of a brain aneurysm. A former high school and college basketball star, Marotta was drafted by the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks in 1984, but chose Harvard Law School instead. Nonetheless, he remained close to the game he loved.

Money Talks

: New Jersey Law Journal : April 06, 2015

Back in December, the U.S. Supreme Court triggered an Internet squall when apparently peeved justices issued an order to show cause why Howard Shipley, a lawyer at Foley & Lardner in Washington, D.C., should not be disciplined.

Foley Client: My Bad on The Brief!

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : April 06, 2015

German business executive Sigram Schindler promises he will never write a U.S. Supreme Court brief again. Schindler is the Foley & Lardner client who insisted last year that partner Howard Shipley file a petition with the Supreme Court almost exactly as he, Schindler, had written it.

On the Move

: The Recorder : April 06, 2015

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Kirkland Taps New Tax Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 29, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis loses two and hires one from Skadden; Wilmer expands in Denver; Winston & Strawn hires two more from Pillsbury and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

A Tip From The Justices on Writing: Keep it Simple

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : March 27, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court rarely offers practice pointers to the advocates who appear before it. But it did just that on March 23, when it admonished members of the Supreme Court bar to use "plain terms" when they write briefs.

Georgia-Pacific, Int'l Paper Can't Crush Box-Buyers' Class Action

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 26, 2015

Five years into litigation over an alleged price-fixing scheme by the biggest players in the paper and packaging industry, plaintiffs lawyers gained ground on Thursday when a Chicago federal judge allowed the case to move forward as a class action.

Morning Wrap: State Secrets and SCOTUS Recusals

Mike Sacks : Legal Times : March 24, 2015

The state secrets privilege doomed a private suit in New York in which the Justice Department was not a party. Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer push back at calls for greater transparency at 1 First Street NE. A lawyer escapes an ethics sanction in the high court over a jargon-filled cert petition. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Foley Partner Escapes Punishment in Supreme Court

Tony Mauro : Legal Times : March 23, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed its disciplinary action against Foley & Lardner partner Howard Shipley over his submission of a jargon-filled petition last year that had been mainly written by his client, a German business executive and nonlawyer. The court issued this warning to lawyers: Write petitions in plain language.

Can an Attorney Blame the Client for a Bad Appellate Brief?

Howard J. Bashman : The Legal Intelligencer : March 10, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court can reliably be depended on to decide some of the most weighty legal issues of our time, such as the future of Obamacare and same-sex marriage in two cases to be decided this term. But, in an unexpected development, the court is also now poised to address an important if unusual issue concerning an attorney's ethical responsibilities to his client and the court in appellate litigation.

Acorda Taps Paul Hastings to Fend Off Hedge Fund's Patent Challenges

Scott Graham : The Recorder : March 03, 2015

Hayman Capital and its founder may have financial motives for targeting patents protecting the multiple sclerosis treatment Ampyra.

Shoe Store Wage Dispute Results in $2.9 Million Settlement

Christian Nolan : The Connecticut Law Tribune : March 03, 2015

National discount shoe retailer Payless Shoesource has agreed to pay $2.9 million to a group of store managers who claim they were misclassified as managers and as a result denied overtime pay.

New Partners: DLA Piper

: Daily Business Review : March 02, 2015

INADMISSIBLE: Lynch Nomination Moves to Full Senate

: The National Law Journal : March 02, 2015

Loretta Lynch's nomination for U.S. attorney general moved forward last week on Capitol Hill, where the full Senate is expected to take up a vote soon. Plus more in this week's column.


: The National Law Journal : March 02, 2015

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Milbank Adds Euro Trio, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 01, 2015

Milbank expands in London and Frankfurt; Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani loses a top sports lawyer, but picks up more than a dozen others in Pittsburgh; Barclays and Deutsche Bank raid big firms for two in-house legal chiefs; Cadwalader brings on a top federal prosecutor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Surge in Sports Megadeals a Boon to Proskauer, Others

Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : February 26, 2015

Sports law may be a niche, but with today's deals worth billions of dollars, it's March Madness out there.

ABA Backs Firms Facing Clawback Actions

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : February 25, 2015

Amicus brief in Heller bankruptcy says the unfinished-business doctrine violates clients rights and distorts attorney incentives.

Morning Wrap: Mary Jo White's Recusals | The Curious Case of Howard Shipley

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : February 24, 2015

Mary Jo White sat on the sideline for dozens of enforcement investigations. House Republicans want Senate colleagues to reject Loretta Lynch's nomination. Five questions concerning the Howard Shipley ethics case in the Supreme Court. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

Five Questions Concerning the Curious Case of Howard Shipley

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : February 23, 2015

The unusual U.S. Supreme Court disciplinary case of Foley & Lardner partner Howard Shipley took a dramatic turn last week with a forceful response—written by veteran advocate Paul Clement—to the court’s “show cause” order.

In The Matter of Discipline of Howard Neil Shipley

: The National Law Journal : February 20, 2015

Lawyers for Foley & Lardner partner Howard Shipley on Thursday pushed back against the U.S. Supreme Court's threat to sanction him for a jargon-filled petition he filed in a patent case.

Foley Partner Defends 'Unorthodox' Brief in Supreme Court Disciplinary Action

Tony Mauro : Legal Times : February 20, 2015

Lawyers for Foley & Lardner partner Howard Shipley on Thursday pushed back against the U.S. Supreme Court's threat to sanction him for a jargon-filled petition he filed in a patent case last year, telling the justices that although it was "unorthodox" in style, the petition "clearly and faithfully reflects" his client's views.

Latham, Munger Lead on Latest NFL Stadium Plan

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 20, 2015

The National Football League left Los Angeles in 1995, but if the league's San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have their way, the two franchises will play in a new $1.7 billion stadium just south of the city's downtown in Carson, California. The privately financed project, announced by both teams Friday, has led to roles for at least two Am Law 100 firms.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 19, 2015

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Firm Refugees Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 17, 2015

Big firms take on more partners from Bingham McCutchen and Edwards Wildman Palmer; Dentons heads to Northern Virginia; King & Spalding snags a rival's IP litigation co-head; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Sun, Sand and Stir Fry? Miami Woos Chinese for Property: Cities

: The Associated Press : February 17, 2015

Miami has a Little Havana and Little Haiti, a neighborhood known as Westonzuela and even the Venetian Islands. What it doesn't have is a Chinatown.