Joseph B. Tyson Jr

Retired Partner


Joseph Tyson is a partner and business lawyer at Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice focuses on general corporate matters, acquisitions and private equity. He currently represents privately held and Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Tyson is a member of the firm’s Transactional & Securities, Commercial Transactions & Business Counseling, and Private Equity & Venture Capital Practices.

Mr. Tyson has over 25 years of experience in dealing with the legal issues involving mergers, financing transactions, and business needs. This experience includes mergers, divestitures, credit facilities, secured and unsecured commercial loans, and commercial and consumer credit.

Mr. Tyson has lectured on numerous corporate topics to a variety of business and industry audiences.


In recognition of his experience, Mr. Tyson has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. He also has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2012 in the areas of mergers & acquisitions and corporate law. Mr. Tyson has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2005-07) for his work in the corporate and mergers and acquisitions areas. He was also listed in the 2007 list of Wisconsin Super Lawyers®.


Mr. Tyson has served as an officer and director of Neighborhood House, president and director of Channels 10 and 36 and president and director of The University Club.


Mr. Tyson received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina in 1971 and his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia in 1977.

Professional Memberships

Mr. Tyson is a member of the Milwaukee Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, and the American Bar Association.

Representative Matters

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Foley represented Guggenheim Baseball Management in its acquisition of the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking the single largest transaction ever for a professional sports franchise. The new ownership group is led by Mark Walter, Chief Executive Officer of Guggenheim Partners, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Peter Guber, and Stan Kasten, the former president of the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals, among others. The transaction, valued at over $2 billion, closed as of April 30, 2012, per an agreement between owner Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball (MLB) that was approved by the Delaware Bankruptcy Court, with funding occurring on May 1, 2012. This complex transaction was a unique and highly competitive sale process and tight timeline that required closing within 30 days of being selected as the winning bidder and special consideration to matters related to mergers and acquisitions, tax, bankruptcy, financing, real estate and land use, and media rights, among other areas. Overall, more than 60 Foley attorneys from 11 offices and 12 different practice groups assisted on the transaction, demonstrating both the breadth and depth of Foley’s capabilities in assisting clients to navigate such complex and high-profile transactions. The Dodgers transaction follows on the heels of Foley's successful recent representations of Wayne Weaver in his sale of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Rangers Baseball Express LLC in its acquisition of the Texas Rangers, and the Ricketts Family in its acquisition of the Chicago Cubs, which previously held the record price for an MLB franchise sale at $845 million.