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At a Glance


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About Quarles & Brady LLP

With more than 500 attorneys, Quarles & Brady has grown from a small Midwestern shop to a multi-region power. Among the firm’s strengths include corporate matters, intellectual property, health care, labor and employment, litigation, and real estate.

From Wisconsin and Beyond

Quarles & Brady was born in 1974 through the merger of two reputable Wisconsin firms: Quarles, Herriott, Clemons, Teschner & Noelke and Brady, Tyrell, Cotter & Cutler, creating a firm of around 70 attorneys. The firm began expanding outside of the Badger State in the ’80s when it opened new locations in Naples, FL, and Phoenix, AZ. Today, the firm boasts 10 offices across the U.S. and hundreds of attorneys.

Wide-Ranging Practice Areas

With practice areas in business law, energy and environmental law, intellectual property, labor & employment, litigation and dispute resolution, real estate, and others, the firm has landed recognizable clients such as the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, MillerCoors, and Wells Fargo Bank.

Quarles & Brady has a robust litigation practice, with extensive trial experience. In fact, the firm has been named to BTI Consulting's "Fearsome Foursome Honor Roll," and its litigators have been been recognized by such publications as Chambers, Super Lawyers, and The Best Lawyers in America®. The firm's litigators takes a personalized approach, getting to know each client's goals and business. Among the areas the firm's litigators handle are antitrust, class action, financial institutions litigation, insurance coverage litigation, securities and shareholder litigation, trade secrets and unfair competition, white collar crime, and much more. 

The firm is known for its real estate practice, which serves a range of clients, including contractors, developers, financial institutions, manufacturers, property managers, REITs, retailers, and more. Around 50 of the firm’s attorneys practice in this area and counsel across various industries, such as financial institutions, health care, hospitality, multifamily, nonprofit, retail, etc.

The firm also has an impressive health and life sciences team, which handles everything from regulatory matters to fraud to privacy and security to health care transactions to litigation, and so much more.

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. And until his recent election, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul was a member of the firm’s Health Law Practice group.

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 has been recognized by the likes of Law360, Working Mother magazine, and WILEF for its efforts.

Quarles & Brady LLP

411 East Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 2400
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 277-5000

Firm Stats

Chair: Kimberly Leach Johnson
Recruiting Chairs: Brian Hartstein (Chicago); Lucy Dollens (Indianapolis); Jon Kammerzelt (Madison); Patrick Murphy (Milwaukee); Otto Immel (Naples); Scott Jenkins (Phoenix); Natalie Thomas (Tampa); Gavin Milczarek-Desai (Tucson), Jay Coulby (Washington, DC)
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
500 - 750

Base Salary

Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, Naples, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tampa Tucson
1st year: $140,000
Summer Associate: $2,692/week Chicago; Washington, DC
1st year: $160,000
Summer Associate: $3,077/week

Employment Contact

Donna Key
Recruiting/Diversity Specialist
(414) 277-5200

No. of U.S. Offices: 10

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

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

Major Departments

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