Anne E. Ross



Anne E. Ross, a business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, has worked in the field of business law for more than 30 years. Her practice reflects the growing intellectual asset-based economy of the Upper Midwest, including extensive work with technology-driven companies and their investors, insurance companies, and tax-exempt organizations. Anne strives to work as her clients' partner in making the most of business opportunities, solving problems, and avoiding potential disputes through active listening, creative negotiation, and precise drafting of transactional documents. She acts as "outside general counsel" to many of her clients, serving as the focal point to bring the full resources of Foley to bear on the project at hand in an effective and efficient manner. Anne is a member of the firm’s Private Equity & Venture Capital and Transactional & Securities Practices, and the Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Insurance & Reinsurance Industry Teams. She is also a former managing partner of the firm’s Madison office.

Anne serves as counsel to public and private companies in a variety of technology-driven industries. She has had extensive experience handling mergers and acquisitions, distribution and licensing arrangements, private debt and equity financings, and strategic partnerships for medical device manufacturers, software developers, communications technology companies, content providers, new media companies, and manufacturers of a wide range of materials and products. Anne regularly works with university faculty members, research scientists, and engineers on company formation, start-up funding, and commercialization of emerging technology. She also represents venture capital, "angel," and institutional investors in fund formation and portfolio investment and divestment transactions.

Anne's insurance industry experience includes regulatory compliance work (including new company formation) for title, health, life, and property/casualty insurers; mergers and acquisitions of stock and mutual companies; demutualizations; bulk reinsurance transactions; insolvency workouts; formation of holding companies; and private financing and strategic partnership transactions.

Anne has served as legal counsel to scores of tax-exempt entities, including public charities, grant-making foundations, research institutions, and trade groups. She has worked with the state of Wisconsin to organize several public/private nonprofit ventures, and has extensive experience with nonprofit/for-profit partnerships, cooperative research and development agreements, and licensing arrangements.


  • Selected for inclusion in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists (2006 – 2019)
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2008 in the fields of Corporate Law (2011 – 2021), Insurance Law (2008 – 2021), and Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2012 – 2021)
    • Recognized, the Best Lawyers® Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Madison (2017)
    • Recognized, the Best Lawyers® Mergers & Acquisitions Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Madison (2013 and 2019)
    • Recognized, the Best Lawyers® Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Madison (2011)
  • Recognized in The Legal 500 for her work in insurance - non-contentious (2015)
  • Named a "top lawyer" by Madison Magazine (2007)
  • Received the Wisconsin Law Journal "Leader in the Law" award (2008)
  • Rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings system


Anne is a founder and director of Accelerate Madison (a trade group for technology companies) and a director of and legal counsel to the Women in Manufacturing Association. She has served as a director of Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company since 1988 and SECURA Insurance, A Mutual Company, since 1993.


Anne graduated with her J.D. from Stanford University Law School in 1981, where she was associate editor of the Stanford Law Review. She earned a B.A. in physical anthropology, with distinction, from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1977.

Community Engagement

Anne has served on the boards of directors of a number of nonprofit organizations and public commissions, including the Madison YWCA, the Urban League of Greater Madison, the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, the Business Forum, the Benedictine Life Foundation, the United Way of Dane County, and the Henry Vilas Zoo Commission.

Selected Publications

  • Co-author, Venture Financing: Raising Capital in Wisconsin, Wisconsin Department of Commerce publication
  • Co-author, A Guide For Wisconsin Nonprofit Organizations, Wisconsin State Bar publication