Alyssa D. Dowse

Special Counsel


Alyssa Dowse is a special counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP, where she focuses her practice on employee benefits and executive compensation. Alyssa has experience in all areas of employee benefits, including qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation.

Alyssa's employee benefits work includes advising for-profit and tax-exempt employers on the design, implementation, and administration of employee benefit plans, including 401(k) plans, 403(b) tax-deferred annuity plans, pension plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, wellness programs, and insured and self-insured welfare plans. She assists administrators and fiduciaries of employee benefits plans regarding compliance with the standards of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Internal Revenue Code, HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, and health care reform laws (the Affordable Care Act). She has significant experience with employee benefit plans of tax-exempt entities, including with non-electing church plans. She also frequently advises companies regarding correction programs available for retirement plans.

In addition to her employee benefits work, Alyssa advises clients on employee benefits issues arising in merger and acquisition transactions.


Alyssa earned her law degree from Marquette University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2010) where she served as the chief justice of the Moot Court Association and as the president of the Student Bar Association, and participated in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Alyssa won the Ramon A. Klitzke Prize for Best Oral Advocacy and was a member of the Jenkins Moot Court Competition winning team. Alyssa received her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, as well as a certificate in religious studies (B.A., 2006).

Admissions and Affiliations

Alyssa is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and Illinois, and before the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Alyssa is a Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army Reserves. She currently serves with the Milwaukee, WI team of the 214th Legal Operations Detachment out of Fort Snelling, MN. Alyssa previously served as an enlisted combat engineer in the United States Army Reserves.