Foley & Lardner LLP is proud to announce that Andrew Wronski and David Sanders have been named managing partners of Foley’s Milwaukee and Washington, D.C. offices, respectively, both effective as of August 1, 2021. Wronski succeeds partner Linda Benfield, who held the position since 2011 and was elevated to the firm’s Management Committee earlier this year. Sanders succeeds partner Scott Fredericksen, who served the firm in this role since 2010.
“We’re thrilled that Andy and David have accepted the roles as office managing partners,” said Jay Rothman, Foley chairman and CEO. “Andy, a native of Milwaukee, and David, a native of the Washington, D.C. area, have both been practicing at Foley for more than two decades and exemplify the firm’s core values – particularly our commitment to client service, our people, citizenship, and diversity and inclusion. I look forward to seeing the Milwaukee and Washington offices grow and further expand their already well-established reputations under Andy’s and David’s leadership.”
As office managing partners, Wronski will be responsible for the nearly 300 lawyers and legal professionals in Milwaukee and Sanders will be responsible for the more than 140 lawyers and legal professionals in Washington, D.C. They will both focus on growing their respective offices, expanding Foley’s presence in their local markets and continuing to steward community involvement. Wronski and Sanders will also both continue to build and expand on the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Wronski, an accomplished trial lawyer, is the former vice chair of Foley’s Litigation Department. He serves as one of the firm’s professional responsibility partners and counsels firm lawyers and clients through complex ethical and professional responsibility issues. He is also a former president and director of the Milwaukee Bar Association and a member of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association and the Seventh Circuit Bar Association.
“I am honored to succeed Linda Benfield, who has been the trusted leader of the Milwaukee office for the last 10 years and will now be a remarkable addition to the firm’s Management Committee,” said Wronski. “I hope to meet the standard she has set and I look forward to continuing the Milwaukee office’s numerous civic involvements, including the firm’s new and innovative national partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I also look forward to unveiling our new conference center in support of community partners and initiatives. Most of all, I am excited to help Foley continue its leading role in the Milwaukee legal and business communities and identify new opportunities for growth.”
Sanders is an acclaimed business lawyer with proven excellence in leadership roles who has built an impressive reputation in the Washington legal and business communities. He serves as vice chair of Foley’s Business Law Department and co-chair of the Trade Secret/Noncompete Specialty Practice. He is also co-chair of the firm’s LGBTQ Allies Committee, and a member of Foley’s Recruiting Committee and Diversity & Inclusion Action Council.
“I feel privileged to be entrusted with Scott Fredericksen’s legacy, and those before him, of leading our attorneys in support of the firm’s mission to deliver the very best in client service, as well as building an office that reflects the diversity of the Washington community in which we practice,” said Sanders. “Scott has done an excellent job in this role and I look forward to continuing his work of advocating for our employees to set them up for the highest level of success, both professionally and personally. Washington is a vibrant and dynamic market and I want to grow the Foley office to reflect and embody that same sentiment.”
A proud native of Milwaukee, Wronski is dedicated to the local community as well as to the legal profession. Having practiced in Wisconsin for 25 years, Wronski is uniquely positioned to assist clients with issues and disputes within the state, with extensive litigation and trial experience in both state and federal courts. He also regularly litigates, tries, and arbitrates cases that are nationwide in scope, working closely with clients to confront complex disputes that disrupt business and generate commercial and financial uncertainty. He guides clients in assessing and managing risk; proposing creative, practical, and cost-effective dispute resolution strategies; and, where business resolutions prove elusive, achieving the client’s legal, business, and strategic goals through litigation.
Wronski received his JD, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and his BA, magna cum laude, from Marquette University.
Sanders was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. From 2010 through 2017, he served as co-chair of the firm’s Transactional & Securities Practice. His practice is concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, employment, noncompete and trade secret issues, executive employment and termination agreements, leases, license agreements, general corporate matters, and the drafting and negotiation of all types of contracts and corporate documents. He counsels public and private corporations and other business entities, including corporations and limited liability companies. Sanders served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center (2015-2020), teaching a class titled, “Negotiating a Mergers and Acquisitions Transaction.” He also spearheads Foley’s work with the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Practicum, which provides pro bono legal services to social entrepreneurs and individuals who cannot otherwise afford legal services.
Sanders serves on the board of directors and is general counsel of The Children’s Charities Foundation, a nonprofit organization benefiting at-risk children and youth in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Additionally, from 2013-2020, Sanders sat on the board of directors for the Washington-based Amputee Coalition, the nation’s leading organization on limb loss. He also serves as the coalition’s general counsel.
Sanders earned his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and his BA from the University of Michigan.
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