John K. Wilson



John K. Wilson is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and is a member of the firm's Transactional & Securities Practice as well as the Energy and Manufacturing Industry Teams. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings, and securities law matters. He currently represents Fortune 500, and middle-market and emerging public and private companies in a variety of industries on their transactional and corporate matters

John advises buyers and sellers, both domestically and internationally, in public and private mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and joint ventures. He also represents issuers and investment banks in public and private equity and debt securities offerings and has completed over 80 public offerings raising over $35 billion for corporate clients. He regularly counsels management, boards of directors, and board committees of a number of public companies regarding federal securities law compliance, disclosure and reporting, corporate governance, activist shareholder, takeover defense and liability management matters.


John is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, securities law disclosure as well as mergers and acquisitions matters.

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • American Bar Association


  • Recognized, BV® Distinguished™
  • Recognized, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers (2010-2019) - corporate and mergers & acquisitions
  • Recommended, The Legal 500 (2012-2015) - mergers & acquisitions
  • Recognized, Super Lawyers - Rising Stars® (2006, 2007, 2010)
  • Recognized, Best Lawyers in America (2013-2020) - corporate governance, corporate, and mergers & acquisitions


  • Georgetown University Law Center, (J.D., magna cum laude)
    • Elected, Order of the Coif
  • Marquette University, (B.A., magna cum laude)
    • Member, Phi Beta Kappa


The Purpose of a Corporation
November 2019
Legal News: Business Law
Reinventing Public Company Disclosure: SEC Requests Public Comment on Regulation S-K
26 April 2016
Legal News: Transactional & Securities

Previewing Proxy Season 2015

06 March 2015
The Corporate Board
Why Every Day Is Proxy Season for Public Companies
15 December 2014
2019 NDI Executive Exchange
14-15 November 2019
Chicago, IL
2018 NDI Executive Exchange
25 October 2018
Chicago, IL
2017 NDI Executive Exchange
07 November 2017
Chicago, IL
2016 NDI Executive Exchange
10 November 2016
Chicago, IL