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At a Glance


“The work/life balance is great.”

“Good training/mentoring opportunities”

“The support for pro bono work”


“Below-market compensation”


“Not enough work”

About Quarles & Brady LLP

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, MillerCoors, and Wells Fargo Bank.

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 named the “Best Big Law Firm for Female Attorneys: by Law360. For several years, including 2018, the firm has been named a “Best Law Firm for Women” by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers. In 2018 Quarles & Brady obtained Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) Gold Standard recertification for the eighth straight year. Quarles & Brady also received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ inclusivity in the workplace equality. This year the firm sent two 1st year law students to the 1L Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity Scholars (LCLD) retreat in May.

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.

Quarles & Brady LLP

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

Firm Stats

Chair: Kimberly Leach Johnson
Recruiting Chairs: Nicole Bashor (Chicago); Lucy Dollens (Indianapolis); Jon Kammerzelt (Madison); Patrick Murphy (Milwaukee); Otto Immel (Naples); Scott Jenkins (Phoenix); Lauren Raines (Tampa); Gavin Milczarek-Desai (Tucson), Jay Coulby (Washington, DC)

Base Salary

Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Madison, Naples, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tampa Tucson
1st year: $130,000
Summer associate: $2,500/week Chicago; Washington, DC
1st year: $150,000
Summer associate: $2,875/week

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
20 out of 22 (2Ls only) (2017)

Employment Contact

Marguerite Durston
Senior Manager, Attorney Recruitment
(312) 715-5025

Major Office Locations

Chicago, IL
Indianapolis, IN
Madison, WI
Milwaukee, WI
Naples, FL
Phoenix, AZ
Scottsdale, 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