Kathleen E. Wegrzyn

Partner

Kathleen E. Wegrzyn

Partner

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.

“I appreciate and enjoy working with Kate and her team as they are proactive, efficient, and pragmatic in their approach to legal issues.  I trust in their work product and advice regarding our supply chain.”   Associate General Counsel at a top privately held food service distribution company

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.

Representative Experience

  • 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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Recipient, 2022 Wisconsin Legal Innovator Award, State Bar of Wisconsin

Affiliations

  • Chair, Wisconsin Humane Society board of directors

Presentations and Publications

03 January 2024 In the News

Kathleen Wegrzyn Quoted on Significant Supply Chain Risks in 2024

Kathleen (Kate) Wegrzyn, Foley & Lardner LLP partner and chair of the firm’s Supply Chain team, is quoted in the Law360 article, “Extreme Weather, Regulation Rank As Top Supply Chain Risks.”
11 October 2023 Innovative Technology Insights

Navigating the AI Frontier: Legal and Operational Insights Into Generative AI

Welcome to Navigating the AI Frontier: Legal and Operational Insights Into Generative AI. In this eBook, we take a deep dive into the world of generative AI, exploring its transformative power and the legal and operational risks it introduces.
20 July 2023 Honors and Awards

Foley Equipped, Senayt Rahwa Named 2023 Finalists for The American Lawyer Industry Awards

Foley & Lardner LLP product Foley Equipped and partner Senayt Rahwa have been announced as 2023 finalists in two categories for The American Lawyer Industry Awards.
27 March 2023 Innovative Technology Insights

IP Lawyer vs. ChatGPT: Top 10 Legal Issues of Using Generative AI at Work

01 February 2023 Honors and Awards

Foley Named 2023 Legal Technology Trailblazer for Foley Equipped by National Law Journal

Foley & Lardner LLP has been named a 2023 “Legal Technology Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal for its development of Foley Equipped, the firm’s document review system powered by customized artificial intelligence (AI) that streamlines the analysis, review, and revision of commercial contracts.
13 January 2023 Honors and Awards

Foley Ignite, Kate Wegrzyn Announced as Finalists for Legalweek Leaders in Tech Law Awards

Foley & Lardner LLP product Foley Ignite and Partner Kathleen “Kate” Wegrzyn have been announced as finalists in two categories for the 2023 Legalweek Leaders in Tech Law Awards, which honor individuals and organizations for their achievements in innovation in the past year in an array of categories.