Kathleen E. Wegrzyn



Kate Wegrzyn (pronounced "Way Grin") is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP.  Kate is chair of the firm’s Supply Chain team. She is also a member of the firm’s Manufacturing Sector Advisory Board and is a member of the Food & Beverage Team. Kate is also the Editor in Chief of the LexisNexis-published treatise entitled “International Agency and Distribution Agreements.” 

Kate’s areas of focus include drafting commercial contracts and counseling businesses on supply chain matters, including force majeure issues, pricing, procurement strategies, dealer and customer arrangements, licensing issues, and logistics and transportation. Clients appreciate Kate’s practical, business-focused approach to commercial counseling and contract negotiation.  

Kate is an author and editor of the following publications:

  • Foley's Supply Chain Desk Reference, which covers, among other things, the following topics: battle of the forms, distribution supply chain options, warranties, product recall and hazard reporting issues, indemnification, consequential damages and disclaimers, and nondisclosure agreements.
  • Foley's Blockchain in Supply Chain series, which explores the application of blockchain technology usage in the supply chain.
  • Foley's Accelerating Trends, an interactive report that provides frameworks and tools to address key supply chain considerations in moving production or sourcing out of China.


  • Assisted a major food brand in the negotiation of an exclusive brokerage agreement in connection with all of its sales to major big box stores.
  • Led an audit of all key customer contracts for a public company related to the imposition of surcharges and force majeure-related issues.
  • Drafted and negotiated a contract manufacturing agreement for one of the key ingredients of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Represented a multinational consumer goods company in the negotiation of a license agreement in connection with travel-sized branded lotions to be placed into luxury hotels and spas throughout the country.
  • Represented a global food packaging company in connection with a US$200m supply agreement for the supply of paper products to a European entity.
  • Represented a public company on negotiating all of its laboratory services agreements for the provision of coronavirus testing to state governments, companies, and healthcare entities across the country, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars in sales.
  • Represented an iconic consumer goods company in a supply and joint development agreement related to a new cooler offering.


  • Chair, Wisconsin Humane Society board of directors


  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2009)
    • Elected to Order of the Coif
    • Managing editor, Wisconsin Law Review
    • Member, Women's Law Student Association
  • University of Wisconsin (B.B.A., 2005)
    • Member, Mu Kappa Tau

Publications and Presentations


  • Wisconsin