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Quarles & Brady LLP

At a Glance


“Work-life balance.”

“Genuine people who are passionate about their work in a firm setting that values individuals.”

“Pro bono opportunities.”


“Long hours and being on demand, but such is the life of an associate.”

“Opaque compensation and bonus system.”

“Lack of secondary benefits when compared to other firms in the area.”

About Quarles & Brady LLP

With close to 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, 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 & dispute resolution, real estate and others, the firm has landed recognizable clients such as the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, MolsonCoors, and Wells Fargo Bank. 

The firm 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.

COVID-19 Update

Quarles & Brady takes the current pandemic very seriously with the safety of our employees and students being of the utmost importance. With that in mind, we have taken an abundance of precautions with regards to recruiting and have created a recruiting process that is 100 percent virtual.

Quarles & Brady LLP

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

Firm Stats

Chair: Michael Aldana
Recruiting Chairs: Eric Ledbetter (Chicago); Lucy Dollens (Indianapolis); Jon Kammerzelt (Madison); Patrick Murphy (Milwaukee); Otto Immel (Naples); Scott Jenkins (Phoenix); Natalie Thomas (Tampa); Luis Ochoa (Tucson), Jay Coulby (Washington, DC)
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, Naples, Phoenix, 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
Diversity & Regional Recruiting Coordinator
(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

Banking & Financial Institutions
Bankruptcy, Reconstruction and Creditor's Rights
Business Law
Data Privacy & Security
Employment Benefits & Executive Compensation
Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources
Franchise Distribution & Direct Sales
Health Law
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Mergers & Acquisitions Product Liability
Public Finance
Real Estate & Land Use
Research Institutions & Higher Education
Tax Exempt Organizations
Trusts & Estates
See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.