Benjamin F. Garmer III

Retired Partner


A partner and business lawyer at Foley & Lardner LLP, Benjamin F. Garmer III focuses his practice on acquisitions and financings for public and private companies and takeover defense. He has represented national underwriters, including CS First Boston, Merrill Lynch, and Goldman Sachs, as well as regional underwriters, Robert W. Baird, William Blair and others, in financings and other matters. He is a member of the firm's Transactional & Securities Practice and Energy Industry Team.


Ben is a director of various private and public companies, where he has served on the compensation, audit and executive committees.

Professional Memberships

Ben is a long-standing member of the American Bar Association Business Law Section Committee on Proxy Statements and Tender Offers. He has lectured on issues regarding acquisitions and takeover defense. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin.


In recognition of his experience, he has been peer review rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law ,and Securities/Capital Markets Law (1987 – 2021). Ben has also been listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2008 and 2010 - 2017), The Legal 500 for mergers and acquisitions work (2015), and was selected for inclusion in the 2005 - 2008 and 2011 - 2015 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists.


Ben received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and an LL.M in taxation from New York University. He received his B.A., cum laude, from DePauw University.