Michael D. Flanagan



Michael D. Flanagan is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice includes compliance counseling, auditing, due diligence and risk allocation in transactions, administrative proceedings and litigation. He is the immediate past co-chair of the firm's Food & Beverage Industry Team. A member of the firm's Environmental Regulation Practice, Mike counsels and represents clients on environmental law, Food & Drug Administration (FDA) matters, and health and safety issues.

Mike represents a wide variety of manufacturing and commercial clients, and has developed particular experience in addressing regulatory issues impacting the food industry. He assists numerous clients specializing in the processing, manufacturing, and distribution of food products on regulatory matters, including environmental permitting, waste disposal, product labeling, product recalls and reporting requirements, and OSHA compliance.

Thought Leadership

Mike is the author of numerous articles and a frequent lecturer on regulatory compliance issues.


Mike has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of environmental law and was named 2015 and 2017 Milwaukee Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year. In 2011 - 2017, he was also named one of America’s Leading Lawyers in the area of natural resources & environment law by Chambers USA.


Mike received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in 1980 from Marquette University and his law degree, cum laude, in 1983 from the University of Michigan. From 1983 to 1984, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Sherman G. Finesilver, chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

Professional Memberships

Mike is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, and the Milwaukee Bar Association; and is a past chair of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin.