Hillary N. Vedvig



Hillary Vedvig is a business lawyer in the Environmental Practice with Foley & Lardner LLP. She is also  a member of the Energy Industry Team. During law school, Hillary worked for the Ombudsperson Institute of Kosovo, Pristina, Kosovo, as a legal advisor and for the European Human Rights Advocacy Center, London, UK, as a legal intern. Hillary directed the Life Worth Living Fellowship and directed the Palliative Care Medical Legal Partnership.

Hillary advises clients in all areas of environmental law, including environmental compliance counseling, transactions, and environmental litigation. Hillary has advised clients in contested case proceedings and environmental litigation and provides counsel to clients regarding permitting requirements related to air emissions, waste management, and water discharges, and on a variety of compliance matters related to chemicals and chemical usage, including under California’s Proposition 65.

 Hillary assists clients with sustainability reporting and works on a variety of Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) issues. Hillary also works extensively on environmental and permitting matters related to the design, development and operation of renewable energy projects. Hillary has drafted conservation easements relating to agricultural land in Wisconsin.


  • Yale University (J.D., 2017)
  • University of South Carolina (B.A., summa cum laude, 2011)
    • Major: Political Science


  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin


  • Author, “Agricultural Rural Takings: When Government Buys the Farm,” Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, Vol. 24 (2020)
  • Co-Author, “Forced into Breaking the Law: the Criminalization of Homelessness in Connecticut,” Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic (2016)
  • Author, “Legal Analysis of Sexual Harassment Against Women in Public Spaces in Kosovo,” Ex-Officio Report for the Ombudsperson of Human Rights (2015)

Community Engagement

  • Co-Chair of the Climate Reality Wisconsin Chapter (2020 – present)
  • Madison Ballet Board Member and Chair of HR, Recruitment and Governance Committee (2020 – present)
  • Outrider Foundation Board Member (2019 – present)
  • Co-founder, Sustainable Saplings, an organization growing awareness and educating Wisconsin and the Midwest on climate change and sustainable practices (2019 – present)


  • Wisconsin Law Journal Up and Coming Lawyers Award (April, 2021)
  • Outstanding Service Award by the Dane County Bar Association for work with the Eviction Defense Project, providing free legal services to low-income individuals facing eviction (May, 2019)