This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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At the start of 2014 Foley significantly expanded its Latin America practice group with the addition of four lawyers to its Miami office. A combination of the office’s geographical proximity, along with the increasing popularity of Latin America as a region for business, led to this boost. It is anticipated that the new additions will allow Foley to identify and access new opportunities in the region.
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With client service at the heart of the firm’s values, Foley & Lardner is a successful global law firm providing services to a variety of business clients. Innovations in technology have allowed the firm to successfully maintain its premier position. Tools such as Private Equity Matchmaker 2.0 and FOLEY ClientSuite attract a sophisticated client base which appreciates the “world class” service that Foley is able to provide.
|Total Listings in WWL||17||Established||1842|
|Home jurisdiction||US||Total size of firm||900|
|Number of partners||Over 400||Number of offices||20|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
The intellectual property team represents owners of extremely valuable IP assets and provides a variety of services including consultation and litigation. The patents group is particularly prominent and includes members such as Harold Wegner who has an “active” practice dealing with domestic and international patent issues. Stephen Maebius is a “well-reputed” practitioner and deals with matters such as due diligence reviews, international portfolio management and pharmaceutical patent term extensions. Richard Florsheim is noted for his “top-notch” litigation skills, particularly in cases involving patent infringement.
The insurance and reinsurance industry team was set up in 2004 and offers services such as M&A, regulatory compliance, taxation and litigation. In Chicago, Neal Moglin represents ceding companies and reinsurers in arbitrations. As vice chair of the firm’s insurance and reinsurance litigation practice, Moglin is “well equipped” to deal with a range of complex cases. Gail Goering co-chairs the insurance and reinsurance industry team and is praised for her “commitment and dedication”. As well as advising in reinsurance disputes, she also assists clients in developing traditional reinsurance products. The “brilliant” Eric Haab has experience in complex insurance insolvencies and has a wealth of expertise in the property/casualty and life, accident and health reinsurance sectors.
In the field of environmental regulation, Richard Stoll is an “outstanding” lawyer. His practice concentrates on federal administrative and environmental law matters. Managing partner of the Milwaukee office Linda Benfield is an “expert” on issues such as air and water permitting and compliance issues and waste handling and disposal.
Foley’s distribution and franchise lawyers advise manufacturers, franchisors, suppliers and distributors on related agreements, litigation and operations. In DC, Michael Lockerby co-chairs the distribution and franchise practice. He is a “standout” figure thanks to his experience in state and federal courts and arbitrators. Mary Leslie Smith is another “superb” practitioner and she represents franchisors and distributors in a variety of commercial disputes.
Lawyers in the multidisciplinary sports practice provide top legal advice to a range of clients within the sports industry and also for major championship events for the National Football League, FIFA and major league baseball. Kevin Schulz is highly recommended for his commercial work in the sports industry along with Robert DuPuy who focuses his practice on representing buyers and sellers in sports franchise sale transactions.
Foley has recently made a concerted effort to boost its pro bono practice. The national pro bono legal services committee implements the firm’s pro bono policy and initiatives focus on all areas of public interest law. Examples of recent projects include the partnership between the Washington, DC, office with the Disabled American Veterans to provide legal representation for injured soldiers. The asylum/immigration pro bono group has secured asylum for clients from the Sudan, Iraq, Burma and others.
The diversity department and diversity committee counsel and develop initiatives aimed at promoting equality across the board. Starting from the bottom up, the firm is an active participant in law school outreach programmes such as Lawyers in the Classroom, supporting disadvantaged students interested in a legal career. Family-friendly work policies and support for women and LGBT lawyers also feature as part of the firm’s commitment to ensuring that all lawyers feel comfortable in the work environment.
With offices across the US and the globe, Foley is expected to further strengthen its position at the top of the legal marketplace. With recent additions to the business litigation and dispute resolution and IP practices, the firm continues to welcome first class lawyers able to provide excellent legal services to Foley’s multinational client base.
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