Quarles & Brady LLP at a Glance


  • “Opportunity for advancement”
  • “Work-life balance”
  • “Substantive work for associates”


  • “Small to mid-market clients”
  • “Individual compensation and advancement decisions are not transparent”
  • “Bonuses are often not seen as worth the effort”

The Buzz

  • “Best in the Midwest”
  • “Good on diversity”
  • “Milwaukee”
  • “Regional”

About Quarles & Brady LLP

Milwaukee's second largest firm, Quarles & Brady has successfully combined its Midwestern roots with multi-region power through thriving health law and intellectual property practices.

Exciting Expansion

Quarles & Brady's Chicago office has grown in size to over 100 attorneys, up from 40 attorneys in 2006. In 2014, Quarles & Brady opened two new offices-in Indianapolis and Scottsdale. This comes directly on the heels of the firm's expansion into the Washington, D.C. market in 2013. With practice areas in business law, energy and environmental law, intellectual property, labor & employment, litigation & dispute resolution, real estate and others, the firm has landed recognizable clients such as the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Miller Brewing Company, and Wells Fargo Bank. The firm is strong in litigation-it has acted as defense counsel in massive class action and product liability suits involving asbestos, tobacco, tires, vaccines and forklifts. Quarles & Brady also has a thriving bankruptcy practice, which has handled airlines, casinos, resorts and dot-com companies.

Taking the longer view of history, the modern iteration of Quarles & Brady was formed from a 1974 merger of two longstanding Milwaukee practices: Brady, Tyrrell, Cotter & Cutler and Quarles, Herriott, Clemons, Teschner & Noelke. In 2000, the firm added to its bases in Illinois and Wisconsin by merging with Arizona's Streich Lang, opening offices in Phoenix and Tucson. The firm also has two well-established offices in Florida.

Leader in Diversity

Recognized nationally and locally for its diversity initiatives, Quarles & Brady sponsors diversity scholarships and internships and maintains a "Women in Leadership" program. The firm's chair, Kim Johnson, was ranked among the "Top 50 Women Florida Super Lawyers" in 2013. For several years, including 2015, the firm has been named a "Best Law Firm for Women" by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers. In 2015 Quarles & Brady was named a top law firm by Equity Illinois, and obtained a Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) Gold Standard recertification for the fifth straight year.

Strategic Alliances and Political Connections

Quarles & Brady is a member of United States Law Firm Group, a consortium of 18 mid-sized law firms. The firm has also forged an alliance with the Capitol Group, a Wisconsin lobbying firm. Its contact with legislators and policymakers, however, doesn't stop there-Tony Earl, former Democratic governor of Wisconsin, is a retired partner of the firm. Wisconsin Democratic Congressman Ron Kind also once graced the halls of Quarles & Brady.

In addition to notable alumni, the firm is currently home to a political heavy hitter. Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul is a member of the firm's Health Law Practice Group. He has extensive experience in higher education, labor and employment and litigation law. He has also represented local governmental entities in finance and other matters. Raoul has represented the 13th district since 2004, when he was appointed to fill the vacancy of then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama and, since then, has successfully advanced legislation promoting pension reform, economic development, domestic violence prevention and political reform. He currently serves as chairman of the Senate Pensions and Investment Committee and Senate Committee on Redistricting, as vice-chairman of the Senate Criminal Law Committee and on the Judiciary Financial Institutions Committees.

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Quarles & Brady LLP

411 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 277-5000
Fax: (414) 271-3552


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chair: Kimberly Leach Johnson
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 496

  • Employment Contact
    Marguerite Durston
    Senior Manager, Attorney Recruitment
    Phone: (312) 715-5025
    Fax: (312) 715-5155
    Email: marguerite.durston@quarles.com Chicago and Indianapolis
    Michelle Koliopoulos
    Recruiting Specialist/Associate Evaluation Coordinator
    Phone: (312) 715-5008
    Fax: (312) 715-5155
    Email: michelle.koliopoulos@quarles.com

    Madison, Milwaukee and Washington, D.C.
    Donna Key
    Recruiting Specialist/CLE Coordinator
    Phone: (414) 277-5200
    Fax: (414) 271-3552
    Email: donna.key@quarles.com

    Naples, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tampa and Tucson
    Lauren Schneider
    Recruiting Specialist
    Phone: (602) 229-5314
    Fax: (602) 229-5690
    Email: lauren.Schneider@quarles.com

  • Base Salary
    Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Madison, Naples, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tampa and Tucson
    1st year: $120,000
    Summer associate: $2,300/week Chicago and Washington, DC
    1st year: $140,000
    Summer associate: $2,700/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    25 out of 26 (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Commercial Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
    Business Law
    Energy & Environmental
    Health Law
    Intellectual Property
    Labor & Employment
    Litigation & Dispute Resolution
    Product Liability
    Public Finance
    Real Estate & Land Use
    Tax Exempt Organizations
    Trusts & Estates

Major Office Locations

  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Chicago, IL
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Madison, WI
  • Naples, FL
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Tampa, FL
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Washington, DC
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