Kevin D. Makowski



Kevin D. Makowski is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and co-chair of the firm's International Practice. His work focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and complex commercial transactions. Kevin serves as general outside counsel for several U.S. subsidiaries of foreign multinational companies and smaller to mid-sized privately held entrepreneurial companies.

Kevin has broad experience working regularly with clients in a variety of industries, including the manufacturing, publishing, food and consumer products industries. Cross-border transactions are a particular emphasis of his practice. Kevin has extensive experience representing U.S. and foreign companies in complex multi-national transactions, and has been a frequent speaker on topics related to this practice.

Community Engagement

Kevin is a graduate of the Future Milwaukee Leadership Training Program and has served on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations in the Milwaukee area.


In recognition of his work in the area of mergers and acquisitions, Kevin has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Mergers and Acquisition Law  (2015 - 2023) and The Legal 500 (2015).


  • University of Pennsylvania (J.D., cum laude, 1995)
    • Associate and senior editor of the Journal of International Business Law (1993 - 1995)
  • University of Cincinnati (B.S., summa cum laude, 1992)
    • Phi Beta Kappa


  • Author, "German Federal Constitutional Court's Decision on Accession to the Treaty on the EU," Journal of International Business Law, Vol. 16, No. 1 (October 5, 1993)


  • Wisconsin


  • German (fluent)