For Nick Welle, Hollywood inspired him to pursue a career in law.
“I wish it wasn’t true, but that was part of it,” said Welle. “I watched a lot of lawyer movies when I was younger. That and I had a real passion for history and politics in high school. I had a pretty good idea before graduating high school that I wanted to be a lawyer.”
On his first day on campus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Welle joined the Pre-Law Society. He also signed up for political science classes during his first semester and never looked back.
Today, Welle is a partner at Foley & Lardner, where he is chair of the firm’s Health Benefits Practice. He leads several attorneys focused on group health plan matters and devotes his practice to issues impacting group health and welfare benefit plans.
He advises his clients on matters concerning the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA privacy, flexible benefit plans and other health benefit issues.
Welle said that one of the biggest challenges in his job is juggling all of the different demands at once.
“I am always prioritizing and reprioritizing, and trying to be responsive to several different email strings at one time on any given day.”
That said, Welle loves his job and wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Every day I get to tackle something new,” he said. “Every day I get to use my brain. There are not too many jobs out there where I can literally rub my chin and think hard and get paid for it. As lawyers, we are all lucky to be in this field.”
When Welle isn’t at work he spends a lot of time giving back to the community. He volunteers with the Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee.
“For more than a decade, Nick Welle has established himself as a leader within Foley & Lardner LLP and within the community at large,” said Foley & Lardner Managing Partner Andrew Wronski.