Nick J. Welle



Nick Welle is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Nick is the chair of Foley’s Health Benefits Practice, where he leads several attorneys focused on group health plan matters. He exclusively devotes his practice to issues impacting group health and welfare benefit plans, focusing on health care reform issues and consumer-driven health benefits. He advises his clients on matters concerning the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HIPAA privacy, COBRA, ERISA, cafeteria plans, flexible benefit plans, wellness programs, HRAs, health savings accounts, plan network design, MEWAs, association health plans, captive insurance arrangements, and other health benefit issues.

Nick works closely with plan administrators, plan sponsors (e.g., employers), PBMs, TPAs, carriers, consultants, wellness program administrators, health FSA and HRA administrators, EAP administrators, Centers of Excellence administrators, point solution companies, and other plan service providers in the health benefits space.

As part of his focus on staying at the forefront of the ongoing legislative and regulatory changes to health care reform and related benefits issues, Welle holds multiple positions with influential benefits organizations. He is a member of the Health and Welfare Task Force for the American Benefits Council (ABC), the Health Care Reform Task Force for the American Bar Association, the HRA Council, the Technical Advisory Council for the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC), the Health Care Administrators Association (HCAA), and the Price Transparency Committee for the Self-Insurance Institute of America (SIIA). He also frequently publishes and presents on issues concerning health care reform and consumer-driven health trends. 

Nick is also the Co-Chair of the Milwaukee Pro Bono Committee and dedicates significant time to pro bono matters and community outreach.  With this leadership position, he helps the Milwaukee office pursue significant pro bono opportunities and stay connected with the community on important issues.


Nick was named one of Wisconsin’s 2018 “Up and Coming Lawyers” by the Wisconsin Law Journal. Nick was named a 2022 Philanthropic 5 United Way Emerging Leader for his community leadership in the Greater Milwaukee area. In 2022, Nick was selected as a member of the Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation, which is limited to only 2.5% of Wisconsin State Bar members and considered a professional honor in recognition of his significant legal accomplishments and volunteer service to his community.


Nick received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2010), where he received the Dean’s Academic Achievement Award. During law school, he served as a judicial intern at the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Nick earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S., magna cum laude, 2007), where he was president of the University of Wisconsin Pre-Law Society. Nick also earned a certificate in HIPAA Compliance from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (2013).


Nick is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and Arizona.

Community Engagement

As the Co-Chair of the Milwaukee Pro Bono Committee, Nick is involved in various pro bono and community outreach matters.  For example, Nick runs Milwaukee’s Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program. The program educates high school students from low-income families and diverse backgrounds about the law and the legal profession in general. He also hires students from the Program to become paid interns at Foley and provides mentorship as they enter college and law school.

Nick also acts as a key liaison between Foley and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee as he helps maintain a long-lasting partnership between these two organizations, assisting the Club with various needs, including backpacks for students, camp clean-up, mentoring and others.

Media Interviews and Speaking Events

Nick frequently publishes and presents on issues concerning health care reform and legal developments impacting health plans. He also provides boardroom presentations and CLE programs to clients interested in learning about the changes in the law or wanting refresher trainings on particular health plan topics. Nick is considered a valuable resource for journalists and industry publications, being interviewed and quoted on issues impacting health plans. Examples include:

  • Quoted, “LGBTQ Bias In Fertility Benefits Is An Emerging Battleground,” Law360 (April 20, 2022)
  • Quoted, "Insurers Must Answer for Mental Health Care Gaps, Senator Says,” Bloomberg Law (March 30, 2022)
  • Speaker, ICHRAs and ACA Compliance, HRA Council (February 8, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Price Transparency & Consumer Empowerment: Where Do We Go From Here," #HLTHGoLIVE (January 19, 2022)
  • Quoted, "Health Coverage Extensions Could Create Headaches for Employers," Bloomberg Law (May 8, 2020)
  • Quoted, "Attorneys Brace for More Lawsuits Over Health Insurance Notices," Bloomberg Law (May 4, 2020)
  • Quoted, "Will Some Employers Be Allowed to Stop Offering Group Health Coverage Under the ACA? Stay Tuned," Corporate Counsel (January 23, 2019)
  • Quoted, "Confusion reigns over employer HIPAA privacy obligations," Business Insurance (July 1, 2018)