Emory Ireland

Retired Partner


Emory Ireland is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of the Finance & Financial Institutions and Privacy, Security & Information Management Practices and the Sports Industry Team. He is a former chair of the Finance Practice.

Emory has more than 50 years of experience representing clients in:

  • Sophisticated financing transactions
  • Loan workouts and bankruptcies
  • Derivative transactions
  • Bank regulatory matters
  • The federal and state regulation of consumer credit transactions, payment systems, and a broad range of other financial services

Thought Leadership

Emory speaks and writes frequently. Topics have included:

  • Commercial Loans: Representing the Borrower
  • Loan Documentation for the Commercial Lender
  • Lender Liability
  • Fraudulent Conveyance Risks in Common Corporate Transactions
  • Traps for Lenders
  • Lien Searches
  • Lien Priority Issues
  • Commercial Loans: Death of a Borrower, Guarantor, or Key Executive
  • Loan Workouts
  • The Inventory Build Out
  • Acquiring a Financially Troubled Company
  • Bankruptcy Law for the Nonbankruptcy Lawyer
  • Substantive Consolidation
  • Letters of Credit
  • Legal Opinions in Financing Transactions
  • Legal Opinions to Third Parties: Limiting the Risks of Liability


  • Peer review rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system
  • Selected for inclusion in the Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers 2016-2022 lists
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2008 in the fields of Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law and Commercial Finance Law
  • Named the Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" in Milwaukee:
    • 2021 & 2017 Commercial Finance Law
    • 2015 Banking and Finance Law
    • 2012 Financial Services Regulation Law
    • 2010 Banking Law

Based on exhaustive peer-review surveys, attorneys honored as "Lawyers of the Year" have received particularly high ratings for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.


Emory is a graduate of Yale College and Stanford Law School.

Professional Memberships

Emory is a member of both the Wisconsin and Illinois bars.

Emory has been chairman of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s committee on Standard Forms of Legal Opinions, chairman of its subcommittee on Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, chairman of its subcommittee on Revised Article 5 of the Uniform Commercial Code, and a member of the board of directors of its Business Law Section. He has also received the President’s Award from the State Bar of Wisconsin.


  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois

*The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.