Madison

Foley’s Madison attorneys have deep roots in the Madison business community, and strong ties to state government and the University of Wisconsin. We combine these with the fully integrated resources of a national firm with a global reach. With these connections, we provide the seasoned support you need as Wisconsin’s capital city continues to expand its prominence in the national economy.
The core practice areas of our Madison office are business law, litigation, and intellectual property:

Business Law: Since the Madison office opening in 1976, strategic business advice and efficient, effective handling of a wide range of transactions have been the mainstays of our service. Supported by Foley's national platform and an international network of colleagues, our Business Law attorneys understand, interpret, and deal with the economic and regulatory trends that impact your business. With a history of practical experience assisting clients in such industries as manufacturing, energy, information technology, life sciences, insurance, and financial services, we can serve you from start-up through succession or sale of the business.

Litigation: Another mainstay of our Madison office is our Litigation Practice. Our Litigation attorneys know how and when to litigate. They also understand that you prefer to avoid litigation when possible but, when it is not possible, we have the skill, experience, and tenacity to achieve the best outcome for you in court or arbitration. Many of our litigators have substantial experience in both trial-level and appellate litigation. While our Madison Litigation attorneys represent clients in civil matters of all magnitude and subject matter, our Litigation team is uniquely qualified to oversee large, complex cases in areas such as patent and trademark litigation, antitrust, securities, insurance and reinsurance, product liability, distribution and franchise, labor and employment law, class actions, tax and probate matters, bankruptcy, real estate, and commercial contracts.

Intellectual Property: The Madison office has a diverse group of Intellectual Property attorneys who are fully integrated into our national Intellectual Property Department. The result is comprehensive IP solutions precisely tailored to your needs. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience in critical areas, including preparing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications; negotiating domestic and international licenses and other transfers of technology; and handling contested cases and litigation related to patents, trademarks, and copyrights. We represent a range of clients from small start-up companies to large multinational corporations and research institutions.

Our attorneys also have cultivated strong practices in a number of other areas:

Labor and Employment: The Madison office has attorneys with substantial knowledge of traditional labor law (e.g., NLRB, arbitrations, and union organizing), employment law, employment law litigation, immigration law, and related areas like employee trade secrets and noncompete issues. They understand the business issues related to human resource and employee relations problems, and they are effective litigators when that service is needed. We also have real-world experience in training, counseling, and prevention approaches.

Private Equity and Venture Capital: As experienced deal-makers, we can structure a creative and appropriate deal for you, whether you are an investor or an emerging company. The Madison office has decades of experience in representing entrepreneurs, start-ups, and institutional investors. We are known nationally as a new-business resource, having worked hand-in-hand with a large group of young companies to provide the counseling needed to deal successfully with the legal and professional issues inherent in a business start up. We also can draw on the experience of our colleagues from Boston to San Diego to Palo Alto in handling transactions from coast to coast.

Public Policy: Our Public Policy Practice provides a full spectrum of services, from key issue research and policy creation to managing all aspects of public interaction. Practice members bring you decades of experience in the trenches of public policy and a capacity to manage the most complex and sensitive public matters. Chief members of the group, including the director and lobbyists, are based in our Madison office. We also have strong contacts with policymakers in the federal government.

Real Estate: Representing clients throughout the United States, our Real Estate Practice successfully guides projects through the development process from acquisition and land use planning to financing, construction, management, and leasing and disposition of existing properties. Our Madison attorneys' experience encompasses every aspect of real estate — from the structuring and implementation of complex acquisitions, developments, financings, and workouts to advice to individual commercial and residential property owners. We are a go-to firm for developers seeking to secure the benefits of various state and federal tax credits or credit enhancements, including new markets tax credits, energy tax credits, low-income housing tax credits, and tax incremental financing.

Securities: Our Madison securities practice includes private (Regulation D) securities offerings, hedge fund organization and operational compliance, and other private fund offerings, broker-dealer and investment adviser registration and compliance issues, and litigation/enforcement matters involving state and federal securities laws and regulations. We facilitate our clients' initial public offerings and '34 Act compliance, working with attorneys in our “financial center” offices.

We also provide seasoned counsel to address your regulatory matters:

Insurance: Attorneys in our Madison office provide services to insurance companies and their affiliates ranging from mergers and acquisitions and complex reinsurance transactions to regulatory compliance to insurance and reinsurance litigation to insolvency proceedings. We also provide intellectual property services and general business counseling for insurance companies.

Telecommunications: The telecommunications industry continues to change. Our Madison attorneys have been involved in these changes — routinely working with clients on the negotiation and drafting of contracts and providing operational and supervisory counsel, strategic planning, and development guidance that supports their business goals.

Environmental: Our Environmental attorneys offer creative, cost-effective solutions specific to your needs. They provide a full range of environmental services, including litigation, transactional due diligence, consulting, and compliance services.

Energy: The Madison office participates in the firm's broad, diversified Energy Industry Team, delivering comprehensive solutions and the leading-edge tools required to serve regulated and unregulated industry participants, including a broad range of alternative energy producers as well as public utilities. Among our accomplishments, Foley has undertaken nearly 30 energy company public financings involving debentures, mortgage bonds, preferred stock and common stock, and has been involved in several mergers of publicly traded participants.

Tax, Employee Benefits, and Estate Planning: Since 1976, the Madison office has helped businesses and nonprofit organizations, families, and individuals succeed and prosper through knowledgeable and tax-advantageous counseling, transactions, and planning. Our attorneys are skilled in tax law, executive and corporate compensation and benefits planning, estate planning and trust administration, and resolution of valuation and other disputes with state and federal tax authorities. Our Taxation attorneys also are skilled litigators with extensive experience in insurance, estates and trusts, valuation methodologies, exempt organizations, employee benefits, executive compensation, accounting, corporate compliance, and white collar crime.

  • Twenty Madison attorneys were named in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016, with two attorneys earning Best Lawyers® 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” recognition
  • In 2015, Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers ranked our Madison attorneys for excellence in corporate/M&A, general commercial litigation, intellectual property, labor and employment, natural resources and environment, and real estate, and five attorneys received individual local recognition
  • Three Madison attorneys were recognized in The Legal 500 guide for the United States in 2014, including one attorney ranked on the elite “Leading Lawyers” list 
  • Madison received Tier 1 rankings in the 2015 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in the areas of appellate, banking and finance, bankruptcy litigation, biotechnology, commercial litigation, communications, corporate law, eminent domain and condemnation, employment — management, energy, energy regulatory, environmental, immigration, insurance, IP litigation, labor and employment litigation, labor — management, land use and zoning litigation, mergers and acquisitions, patents, patent litigation, real estate, real estate litigation, and trusts and estates 
  • Thirteen Madison attorneys were named to the 2014 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® or Rising Stars® lists, published by Law & Politics magazine 
  • Foley has been selected by the readers of Corporate Report Wisconsin magazine as one of the top three “Best of Wisconsin Business” winners in the category of Best Law Firm for seven consecutive years (2005 – 2011)
Our leadership extends to the community as well. Foley attorneys and staff consistently give of our time, efforts, and finances to benefit the community. Recognizing and supporting the need to give back to the community, the Madison office encourages individual volunteer involvement and financial contributions to nonprofit organizations, as well as pro bono legal representation for a wide range of clients.

Our efforts include service on the boards of directors of scores of nonprofit organizations and public commissions. We provide pro bono estate planning services to the terminally ill through U.W. Health and HospiceCare, and for veterans through the Wills for Heroes program. We work on patent applications free of charge for “orphan drugs” and other new methods of treating diseases affecting underserved populations. We review case files for the Wisconsin Innocence Project. Many of our attorneys devote 50 hours or more per year to pro bono efforts.

Representative Matters

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Foley served as counsel for the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) in its role as domestic regulator of Ambac Assurance Corporation (AAC) and as rehabilitator of the Segregated Account of AAC. We have been closely involved with the overall restructuring of AAC, including the recently announced global settlement with the CDO of ABS counterparties.
Foley represented Sanimax Energy LLC in the sale of its biodiesel plant and related business to Renewable Energy Group, Inc. The 20 million gallon nameplate capacity biodiesel refinery is located in DeForest, Wisconsin and began production in 2007.
Foley represented private equity firm Woodlawn Partners, LLC, in the purchase of a controlling interest in Pacific Aviation Corporation.

Contacts

Paul T. Wrycha

Office Managing Partner

Irene E. Ronzia

Director of Administration & Operations
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