Katherine R. Rist



Katherine R. Rist is a partner and real estate business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Ms. Rist has experience in real estate transactions, representing financial institutions, land developers, investors, property owners and managers in real property sales and acquisitions, real estate development and zoning matters, including mixed-use and residential condominium developments, and the negotiation of commercial and industrial leases. She is a member of the Real Estate and Finance & Financial Institutions Practices.

Ms. Rist concentrates her work in affordable housing development and finance. She has experience representing developers and investors involved in the development of affordable multifamily housing and supportive living projects that use the syndication of low income housing tax credits, rental subsidies, governmental loans and grant programs, including HOME loans and FHLB Affordable Housing Program grants. Ms. Rist also has experience in representing non-profit organizations along with for-profit developers in connection with FHA-insured multi-family loan transactions and direct HUD loans.


Ms. Rist earned her law degree in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (J.D., magna cum laude), where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. She earned her undergraduate degree in finance and marketing in 2002 from Washington University in St. Louis (B.S., magna cum laude).


She was selected for inclusion in the 2009 and 2012-2016 Wisconsin Super Lawyers – Rising Stars® list for her real estate work. Ms. Rist was also named a Wisconsin Law Journal “Up and Coming” Lawyer honoree for 2013. This award recognizes rising stars in Wisconsin’s legal community who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, contributed to their community and successfully achieved notable legal outcomes early in their career. She was also recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the practice area of Real Estate (2021, 2022).


Ms. Rist serves on the board of directors for Downtown Madison, Inc., and is the chair of the Affordable Housing subcommittee.

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Ms. Rist is admitted to practice in Wisconsin, and is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar and the American Bar Association.