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William C. Foley

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William Foley

Bill approaches his client work much like he approaches raising his twin daughters – purposefully, with a high degree of care and dedication, and, importantly, with a vastly interconnected and collaborative support network.

Collaboration is of utmost importance in Bill’s life, both professionally and personally. Being collaborative professionally starts first and foremost with the relationship between a lawyer and a client, through which trust is built and understanding is gained as to the context of the client’s business and its specific needs.

Bill is a member of both the Corporate and Health Care practice groups, and is based in Godfrey & Kahn’s Madison, WI office. A large portion of Bill’s client work is in some way connected to the Health Care industry in Wisconsin. This may include, for example:

  • working with a deal team on a merger or acquisition;
  • serving as outside general counsel to an organization;
  • assisting with the formation of a new or emerging company;
  • drafting or reviewing financing or capitalization documents; or
  • assisting with governance matters within an organization.

Bill started his legal career working at a Big Four public accounting firm, providing tax consulting services. His practice ultimately developed into a tax-, estate and succession planning-, tax exempt entities-, and general corporate and businessfocused practice. This progression has provided a solid backdrop for the transactional matters Bill’s clients may face on a day-to-day basis.

As a fellow father once shared, “if you want them to listen to you later, listen to them now.” Bill operates from the premise that this is equally applicable in the business and legal world as it is with raising children. Step one is always connecting with people on a personal level to truly understand their needs. From there, problem solving comes with ease.

Favorite Quote: “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.” Robby Novak, a/k/a “Kid President.”

Admitted To Practice

Wisconsin - 2013

Professional Associations

American Health Lawyers Association
Dane County Bar Association

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Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2013, cum laude

Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, 2010, magna cum laude

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