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Quarles & Brady LLP


Quarles & Brady LLP - Milwaukee
  • 411 East Wisconsin Avenue
  • Suite 2350
  • Milwaukee
  • Wisconsin
  • USA
  • WI 53202-4426
  • Tel:+1 414 277 5000
  • Fax:+1 414 271 3552
  • Web:Visit website
  • Chairman: John W Daniels Jr
  • Managing Partner: Fredrick G Lautz
  • Number of partners: 274
  • Number of lawyers: 436
  • Website: www.quarles.com
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm also has an office in Shanghai

Firm Overview:
Quarles & Brady provides broad-based,multi-disciplinary international services through a strong network of regional practices across the United States. In its distinguished 120-year history, Quarles has grown from a small, well-respected local Milwaukee law firm to achieve a place among the Am Law 200, building a national practice and earning a comparable reputation throughout the United States. The firm’s success is based on the strength of its client relationships, as Quarles places a commitment to help among its highest priorities. Effecting positive legal outcomes is merely the means to the firm’s primary end, which is to help clients fully achieve all objectives of which their legal needs are a part, in any way possible. As a result, in addition to its listings in Chambers USA, 160 of the firm’s partners have been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in 2013, including 24 of whom were ranked as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practices. Quarles continuously seeks to add value through a variety of operational efficiencies and complimentary service offerings, defining “success” only according to each client’s specific criteria, and seeking to better represent all clients through a thorough understanding of their businesses, industries, and competitive environments.

Main Areas of Practice:
Quarles & Brady provides comprehensive legal services in the general practice areas of Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Services, Environmental, Health, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Product Liability, Public Finance, Real Estate & Land Use, and Trust & Estates Law. The firm has further developed distinguishing experience and knowledge in the areas of Energy, Financial Services, Franchising,Health & Life Sciences, IP Litigation, Middle-Market Business Services, Public Finance, and Research Institutions, employing attorneys, engineers, scientists, and other subject-matter authorities in order to practice in these areas at a particularly high level.

Attracting and retaining a diverse workforce is integral to the way in which Quarles & Brady sees itself, and its partners and employees see one another. The firm’s wholehearted commitment to diversity & inclusion is reflected in the chairman’s motto, “Everybody counts, every day,” in its substantial and formal diversity program, and in its frequent recognition for its dedication and achievements. In the 2013 edition of the Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, Quarles was ranked No. 13 in “Best Law Firms for Diversity,” No. 8 in “Diversity for Women,” and No. 14 in “Diversity for Minorities.” The firm has further received “Gold Standard Certification” from the Women in Law Enforcement Forum and has earned a 100% rating in both the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. Quarles as a firm, as well as its individual attorneys, has received numerous citations and awards from both clients and the legal industry.

Pro Bono & Community Service:
Quarles & Brady attorneys and staff are encouraged to support their neighborhood and professional communities; leadership and volunteer opportunities are available to employees at every level. Whether providing pro bono legal counsel to the indigent, mentoring children, leading through diversity, developing educational programs for industry groups, or supporting non-profit organizations through board service, the firm gives back to its communities with the same dedication devoted to its clients.

The firm’s clients include major national and multinational corporations, high-tech companies, educational and research institutions,municipalities and government agencies, charitable organizations, industry executives and high-net-worth individuals. They are industry leaders in high-tech, energy, financial services, health care, insurance, pharmaceuticals, real estate and manufacturing, to name just a few.


  • 411 East Wisconsin Avenue,
  • Suite 2350,
  • Milwaukee,
  • Wisconsin
  • USA
  • WI 53202-4426
  • Tel +1 414 277 5000
  • Fax +1 414 271 3552
  • Website : www.quarles.com
  • 33 East Main Street,
  • Suite 900,
  • Madison,
  • Wisconsin
  • USA
  • WI 53703-3095
  • Tel +1 608 251 5000
  • Fax +1 608 251 9166
  • One Renaissance Square,
  • Two North Central Avenue,
  • Phoenix,
  • Arizona
  • USA
  • AZ 85004-2391
  • Tel +1 602 229 5200
  • Fax +1 602 229 5690
  • One South Church Avenue,
  • Suite 1700,
  • Tucson,
  • Arizona
  • USA
  • AZ 85701-1621
  • Tel +1 520 770 8700
  • Fax +1 520 623 2418
  • 1700 K Street NW,
  • Suite 825,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20006
  • Tel 202 372 9600
  • Fax 202 372 9599
  • 1395 Panther Lane,
  • Suite 300,
  • Naples,
  • Florida
  • USA
  • FL 34109-7874
  • Tel +1 239 262 5959
  • Fax +1 239 434 4999
  • 101 East Kennedy Blvd.,
  • Suite 3400,
  • Tampa,
  • Florida
  • USA
  • 33602-5179
  • Tel 813 387 0300
  • Fax 813 387 1800
  • 300 N. LaSalle Street,
  • Suite 4000,
  • Chicago,
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60654-3406
  • Tel +1 312 715 5000
  • Fax +1 312 715 5155

Corporate/M&A - Arizona

THE FIRM This national firm has two offices in Arizona – in Phoenix and Tucson – and has a great deal of local expertise in the state. It focuses its M&A practice particularly on the healthcare, education and technology sectors, as well as frequently advising emerging companies. It recently represented Fox Restaurant Concepts in a joint venture with the Hard Rock Cafe and Casino in Las Vegas. It also advised Sentinel Partners as franchise counsel on the sale of the Massage Envy franchise system to Roark Capital's Atlanta branch.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Steven Emerick is greatly respected by peers for his strong ability to handle securities work. He represents clients in a wide range of industries, including airlines, manufacturing and biotech.

Christian Hoffmann is appreciated by clients for his depth of experience. He focuses primarily on assisting emerging growth businesses, particularly in the software, financial services, pharmaceutical and restaurant sectors.

Environment - Arizona

THE FIRM This firm is well regarded among clients for the breadth of its environmental practice. The attorneys have deep knowledge of many different aspects of environmental law, including alternative energy, clean water, environmental insurance and brownfield development. The team represents clients such as Chevron Mining, the Maricopa Association of Governments and the Gila River Indian Community. A notable recent case involved acting for Univar on 30 groundwater well projects under Superfund provisions.

Sources say: "They really stand out. They're really solid, with lots of good attorneys who have expertise in many different areas."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph Drazek is recommended by peers as being "on the cutting-edge" of environmental law, and focuses primarily on litigation and regulation. In addition to leading on the Univar case, he has also represented Crane in a number of negotiations with municipal stakeholders and private parties concerning alleged impacts and complication to groundwater wells due to migration of a contamination plume.

Roger Ferland has huge stature in the Arizona environmental law community, commanding the respect of peers thanks to the quality of his work and the depth of his experience.

Labor & Employment - Arizona

THE FIRM This firm maintains a strong presence throughout Arizona. It has a strong labor practice, in addition to established ability in employment law, giving its team great depth. It offers a full range of services, including ERISA litigation, affirmative action requirements, training programs for managers and supervisors, and OSHA matters.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Chair of the firm's labor and employment practice group, Jon Pettibone is thought of as "a stalwart" and "a really fine lawyer." His knowledge of the NLRA earns particular praise, and he often represents management in collective action matters.

Litigation - Arizona

THE FIRM This commercial litigation team has deep benches in Phoenix and Tucson, and impresses clients with its attorneys' communication skills and incisiveness. It represents clients from a number of different sectors, and is particularly well known for representing banks and other financial institutions. It recently succeeded in defending Massage Envy against its former software vendor in a suit seeking $95 million in outstanding license fees and late fees, punitive damages and costs.

Sources say: "They are consistently giving us outstanding results and the quality of writing is excellent."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Don Martin is based in the firm's Phoenix office, and works on complex commercial litigation and real estate litigation. Peers agree that he "knows his stuff," and respect his ability to handle complex cases.

Also in Phoenix, James Ryan takes on litigation involving direct sales contracts, commercial litigation and civil racketeering litigation, among other matters. He recently successfully defended Stearns Bank against state and federal level racketeering claims, and related tort claims at the state level.

Real Estate - Arizona

THE FIRM With offices in both Phoenix and Tucson, this national firm is well placed to provide real estate coverage to clients across Arizona. It is highly praised for its work in the areas of real estate finance, and lauded by clients for its commercial sensibilities. It represents clients such as JPMorgan Chase Bank, the Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe and Liberty Property Trust. It recently advised the Solanna Group, which is comprised of several individual Native American landowners, on obtaining a business master lease of federally allotted Indian trust land.

Sources say: "They're fantastic from both a legal and business perspective."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Peers consider Derek Sorenson to be very strong, and clients praise his practicality and business understanding. 

The firm's national real estate and land use practice chair Diane Haller is praised by clients for her creativity. Peers describe her as a "wonderful lawyer." She has recently handled several significant projects for national companies.

Matthew Mehr focuses on the documentation and negotiation of real estate finance deals. In particular, he has experience advising on loan transactions.

Environment - Illinois

THE FIRM This firm is a solid choice for clients seeking environmental law guidance. The group prides itself on its long history of servicing clients such as Wal-Mart and Invensys. A recent highlight saw the team engaged on a Cross-State Air Pollution Rule case for Wisconsin Electric Power. 

Sources say: "Good, deep capabilities, and a lot of experience dealing with the EPA."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "down-to-earth and practical-minded" Janine Landow-Esser is well regarded for her valuable contacts at government agencies. This year she has been working on a CERCLA matter for a key client.

Real Estate - Illinois

THE FIRM This team is highly experienced in all aspects of commercial finance and corporate real estate matters, and is also building its expertise in work involving data center and medical building leasing matters. Its recent highlights include representing Giordano's Enterprises as debtor in multiple restaurant site auctions. Representative clients also include MillerCoors, United Airlines, UBS Realty Advisors and TIAA-CREF.

Sources say: "Very professional, prompt, quality work." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Rechtin concentrates on commercial real estate, handling a range of industrial, office and retail leasing, acquisitions, disposals and financings. He has been particularly active in matters relating to data center projects.

Interviewees appreciate Peter Sarasek for his intellect, and particularly value his client service. His in-depth expertise covers a wide range of commercial real estate finance, sales and acquisitions and leasing. 

Ted Yi is an expert in handling commercial lease transactions, and represents both the owners and users of industrial, office and retail properties. He also has significant experience representing large corporations in office relocation matters. Sources find him to be "incredibly smart; he immediately gets the grasp of complicated issues, and intellectually he works at a higher level."

Robert Messerly recently joined Quarles & Brady from SNR Denton and concentrates on large portfolio acquisitions, disposals and leasing. He also has a strong practice involving real estate finance and equity investments.

Corporate/M&A - Wisconsin

THE FIRM This firm is well versed in a wide range of corporate matters, and has notable experience handling M&A and securities issues. It is particularly active in the sphere of private equity, and has recently advised private equity investor Mason Wells on a number of substantial transactions. The group is also called upon to represent significant clients from the food and beverage, manufacturing and technology sectors, including MillerCoors, Menasha and Westell Technologies.

Sources say: "Especially client-focused and eager to learn and understand our business."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Kathryn Buono is a "well-respected" attorney with a "significant private equity practice." Clients report that "she combines a terrific legal mind with a practical, businesslike approach."

Clients agree that Patricia Hutter is "extremely good on the documents side, really great at mastering the details and a strong negotiator." She is a notable M&A practitioner and recently advised Mason Wells on its acquisition of Eddy Packing and Beeman Transportation. 

Walter Skipper has broad transactional and compliance expertise. Clients praise him as "an outstanding negotiator and deal lead," who is "very in tune with the business and what points are important to us."

Clients describe Ryan Van Den Elzen as "smart, practical and hard-working." He handles a wide variety of corporate matters, and has considerable experience in the private equity arena.

Intellectual Property - Wisconsin

THE FIRM Quarles & Brady has an excellent reputation in the market. The firm has an acknowledged tradition of patent law expertise and is particularly recommended for its life sciences, medical and technology capabilities. In the past year, it has prosecuted patents on behalf of Mayo Clinic, Roche Diagnostics and Steelcase. The team has a strong track record of working with research institutions, and has recently acted for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

Sources say: "They cross-pollinate ideas, which is helpful to get the best patent applications."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jean Baker is recognized as a "very good" patent lawyer. Her scientific background gives her an advantage in prosecuting biotechnology, material science and medical patents.

Bennett Berson is singled out for his life sciences expertise. He also has experience of prosecuting electrical and mechanical patents. He recently worked closely with Baker on the prosecution of a portfolio of patent applications for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

Michael Jaskolski is known for handling patent prosecution and enforcement strategies. Clients say: "You feel confident when he's doing your patent prosecution that he has an eye towards litigation and will make your patent as strong as it could be."

Labor & Employment - Wisconsin

THE FIRM This group has an excellent reputation across a wide variety of practice specialisms and has significant experience of discrimination, harassment, FMLA, and immigration matters, in addition to wage and hour class actions. It is also well versed in NLRB and EEOC proceedings. The team was recently called upon to advise Oshkosh Corporation on a number of labor and employment issues, including arbitrations, civil rights litigation, and NLRA matters. In the past year, it has also acted for MillerCoors, GE Healthcare and Actuant.

Sources say: "We feel like we get a lot of special attention. It's the personal level of service that they provide for us that makes us happy with them."

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Kern is recommended as a "very strong labor practitioner" by impressed sources. Clients describe him as "incredibly balanced," "incredibly prepared" and "always proactive." He concentrates on traditional labor law, and leads the firm's NLRA team.

Clients report that Ely Leichtling is "very responsive, very knowledgeable and very easy to work with." He is experienced in various employment law matters.

David Olson is a leading employee benefits lawyer. He focuses his practice on executive compensation and retirement plan matters.

Robert Rothacker is also a preeminent employee benefits lawyer with a focus on executive compensation and retirement plans. He is particularly noted for his experience in the healthcare sector.

Robert Duffy handles both labor and employment issues, including civil rights litigation and labor arbitrations. Sources say: "He does a great job and is well regarded by his clients."

Grant Sovern is singled out by one client as: "Excellent, with very useful contacts with customs and immigration. He manages everything cost effectively - inexpensive rates for top-notch service." His clients range from international research organizations to energy companies.

Michael Fischer focuses his practice on employer counseling and training, and is recommended for his FMLA and ADA expertise. He also handles contentious matters.

Employment specialist Pamela Ploor has notable experience of OFCCP matters. Clients appreciate that she "really takes the time to get to know the organization and its culture and leadership."

Group leader Sean Scullen has a strong track record of handling noncompete and wage and hour matters. He also defends employers against discrimination claims.

Litigation - Wisconsin

THE FIRM This firm acts for clients in a variety of commercial disputes, with a heavy emphasis on product liability issues. It also has considerable class action experience and recently defended Harley-Davidson in a $230 million punitive class action concerning allegations of instability in a class of motorcycles. Other active clients include Bank of America, Menasha and agricultural manufacturer CNH.

Sources say: "Each of the lawyers I have worked with is talented, efficient and client-focused."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Daniel Conley is described by sources as "a very good lawyer." He has a wide-ranging business litigation practice, with a strong focus on class action defense.

John Rothstein has distinguished himself in the fields of corporate disputes and product liability litigation. He is experienced at both trial and appellate level.

Eric Van Vugt is also highly regarded. He concentrates his practice on insurance coverage, product liability and professional negligence litigation.

Natural Resources - Wisconsin

THE FIRM Quarles & Brady benefits from one of Wisconsin's premier environment and energy practices. It has extensive experience of a variety of matters, with a focus in the areas of electrical utilities, historic remediation and natural resources. The group is particularly known for its water expertise and recently engaged by the Lake Carriers' Association to advise on the development of the regulation of ballast water discharges. Other key clients include Domtar, MillerCoors and Rexnord.

Sources say: "Outstanding - good legal knowledge, good depth and very sensitive to clients' concerns."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael McCauley is recognized as a leading air permitting and compliance expert.

Arthur Vogel is considered a "leading attorney for waste issues." Clients characterize him as "a strong, technical environmental lawyer with precise attention to detail."

Clients describe Thomas McElligott as "very knowledgeable, with the seasoned ability to create solutions to complex matters." He has a broad environmental practice, which encompasses litigation and permitting issues.

"Terrific" practitioner Nancy Peterson handles compliance, litigation and crisis management. Clients report that she has "an innate ability to stay focused on a successful outcome" and "does an A-plus job in court." 

Peter Tomasi is another key player at the firm. His practice comprises of litigation and permitting work, and he has significant experience with air permitting and environmental impact assessments.

Real Estate - Wisconsin

THE FIRM This much-admired group is eminently well equipped to advise on a wide variety of real estate matters, with a particular emphasis on complex development and financing issues. It regularly represents corporate and healthcare clients, and recently acted for Baker Tilly Virchow Krause on the multimillion-dollar lease of an office building in Milwaukee. Other key clients include the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Canyon Capital Partners and JPMorgan Chase.

Sources say: "Absolutely fantastic to work with."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Ostermeyer is singled out for his "solution-oriented" approach. He was recently engaged to act for Marcus Center on the PPP and project development of a mixed-use arts facility.

Well-regarded attorney Joseph Puchner focuses his practice on commercial real estate development. He is particularly active within the energy sector, and recently represented Wisconsin Electric Power Company in the development of a $250 million biomass-fueled power facility.

Ann Comer is another key player at the firm. She has extensive experience in a range of issues relating to real estate financing and tax credits.

Kevin Delorey has a strong reputation in the Wisconsin market. He has considerable construction-related expertise and is regularly called upon to handle development projects with significant construction components.

Clients report that Scott Langlois is "absolutely amazing" at keeping them up to date and "provides a very good work product." He is sought after to handle office building leases, and acted for Baker Tilly on the matter described above.