Tim Patterson



Tim Patterson is an associate and business litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Distribution & Franchise Practice.

Tim regularly counsels clients on product distribution law, dealership law, channel-network management, and antitrust-related issues in all 50 states. Tim also represents clients in complex litigation matters related to distribution, franchise, antitrust, and general commercial disputes in both state and federal court.

Tim manages Foley’s “State Distribution & Franchise Law Map,” a tool with which Foley’s clients can easily access comprehensive information concerning distribution and franchise laws in the United States. Additionally, Tim is a regular speaker at Foley’s Annual Law of Product Distribution & Franchise Seminar, and a volume editor of the International Agency & Distribution Agreements treatise.

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • Author, “Making the case: remote litigation can benefit your franchise in the long-term,” Global Franchise Magazine (August 2021)


  • Marquette University Law School (J.D., magna cum laude)
    • Comment editor, Marquette Law Review
    • Leader, Marquette Academic Success Program
    • Recipient, CALI Awards in contracts, civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, advanced legal research and employment law
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (B.A., magna cum laude)
    • Dean’s List


  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western districts of Wisconsin
  • 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals