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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
  • Chair: Kimberly Leach Johnson
  • Managing Partner: Fredrick G Lautz
  • Number of partners: 293
  • Number of lawyers: 466

Firm Overview:
Quarles & Brady provides broad-based, multidisciplinary international services through a strong network of regional practices across the United States. In its distinguished 122-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, 162 of the firm’s partners have been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in 2014, including 14 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 and employment, product liability, public finance, real estate and land use, and trust and estates law. The firm has further developed distinguishing experience and knowledge in the areas of energy, financial services, franchising, health and life sciences, IP litigation, middle-market business services, public finance, and research institutions, employing attorneys, engineers, scientists, and other subjectmatter authorities in order to practice in these areas at a particularly high level. Diversity: 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. 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.” In 2013, the firm was also named a Best Law Firm for Women by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers; recognized in “Raising the Bar” by Equality Illinois, a yearly recognition of top LGBT-friendly law firms in Illinois; and selected in the ACQ Global Awards as the top firm in three US categories: Leading Overall Diversity Law Firm of the Year, Leading Diversity Law Firm of the Year - Minorities, and Leading Diversity Law Firm of the Year - Diversity for Women. The firm has further achieved Gold Standard Re-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.

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.

Branches

  • 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
  • 135 N. Pennsylvania Street,
  • Indianapolis,
  • USA
  • Tel 317-957-5000
  • Fax 317-957-5010

Corporate/M&A - Arizona

What the team is known for Particularly active in the education, healthcare and technology sectors. Market observers praise its M&A expertise and close relationship with clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very dedicated and responsive. Good bang for your buck, they get to know you."

Work highlights Advised Medical Security Card Company on its sale to MedImpact Healthcare Systems.

Represented Fox Restaurant Concepts in an equity investment by P.F. Chang into Fox's True Food joint venture with Andrew Weil.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Emerick led the abovementioned sale by Medical Security Card Company to MedImpact Healthcare Systems. He specializes in transactional work, securities and corporate finance.

Sources praise the breadth of Christian Hoffmann's practice. He has longstanding experience advising emerging companies in the financial, technology and transportation sectors.

Newcomer to the rankings Leezie Kim earns widespread praise from commentators: "She's awesome, just an exceptional person and a great lawyer." "She's excellent, an outstanding attorney," they add.

Significant clients Canal Partners, Apollo Group, Sotto Pelle, Fox Restaurant Concepts, ASML.

Environment - Arizona

What the team is known for High-quality practice recognized for advising a range of organizations on Superfund sites and hazardous waste disposals. Strength in regulatory, litigation, government relations and transactional water law matters. Receives repeat mandates from a number of mining clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Strengths of the team are their energy, enthusiasm, local knowledge, and ability to execute on a deadline and deliver materials that exceed client expectations. They are very easy to work with from a client perspective."

Work highlights Counseled real estate developers Vistancia on all the water aspects of its proposed master planned development in Peoria.

Represented Univar as one of a large number of companies and local government organizations being sued by the Roosevelt Irrigation District for groundwater contamination.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Joseph Drazek is well regarded for environmental law regulatory compliance and litigation. Clients describe him as "very methodical and knowledgeable about the intricacies of the issues we deal with." He was engaged to defend Univar against a major groundwater contamination claim.

Significant clients Gila River Indian Community, Maricopa Association of Governments, Newland Real Estate Group, Sunbelt Holdings, Praxair.

Labor & Employment - Arizona

What the team is known for Provides labor and employment counsel to businesses in a variety of sectors. Experienced in handling union negotiations and arbitrations, as well as overseeing compensation, benefits and discrimination claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very thorough, and they understand what needs to be done to win a case. They not only process the case but can leverage some of their knowledge, experience and insight to get the client the best advantage in a particular situation."

"They are knowledgeable and pleasant to work with, are strong litigators and not afraid to stand up to opposing counsel."

Work highlights Represented Amsafe in a noncompete case against a group of former employees who set up a rival company, PolyFiber Enterprises.

Counseled TERROS on the spectrum of matters relating to its workforce, including disciplinary procedures, hiring and dismissal policies, as well as associated disputes.

Notable practitioners  

Experienced labor lawyer Jon Pettibone is "very knowledgeable, very straightforward, and gives good solid advice," say clients. He has experience representing large companies in wage and hour investigations and is recommended for his handling of union negotiations.

Litigation - Arizona

What the team is known for Well-regarded business litigation practice advising midmarket clients on banking disputes, vicarious liability for franchise owners, legal malpractice and conflicts involving Native American law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're easy to do business with and are high-integrity people, and they've got us great outcomes."

Work highlights Acted for Massage Envy on arbitration over the legality of the advertising structure of its business development model, winning a full award in the client's favor.

Successfully represented US Bank in a guaranty enforcement action against Swift Aviation, who defaulted on repayment of a $10 million industrial development authority bond.

Notable practitioners  

Seasoned litigator Don Martin impresses clients and peers with his capabilities as a trial lawyer. He has experience of handling legal malpractice and fraud allegations, and has expertise in securities-related class actions.

James Ryan advises on cases relating to civil racketeering, business tort and breach of contract allegations. Clients include Medical Security Card.

Significant clients Keg Franchise, Charter Practices International, Navajo Housing Authority, Pullman & Comley. 

Real Estate - Arizona

What the team is known for Highly commended for advising financial institutions and energy companies on commercial real estate transactions. Works at the local and national level, with experience of representing Native American communities. Recommended for handling loan documentation and construction disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team as a whole is responsive, practical, experienced, has excellent expertise, and puts clients' needs first."

"The team is very knowledgeable regarding matters such as loan documentation and construction disputes. They have tremendous resources available to handle these types of legal matters."

Work highlights Represented one of the financiers of a syndicated loan being used to develop a 14-story apartment building and subterranean car park in central Phoenix.

Assisted Solanna Group with obtaining federal and local approval for Native American landowners in the Salt River area to lease their land to commercial developers.

Notable practitioners  

National practice chair Diane Haller receives strong praise from clients for her ability to "take incredibly complicated transactions and boil them down into language everyone can understand." She has significant experience in structuring and financing joint ventures to facilitate real estate acquisitions.

Clients endorse Derek Sorenson as a go-to real estate transactional lawyer: "He's very proficient, we've always felt very comfortable with him; he's well thought of." He helped Liberty Property Trust obtain permission from the City of Tempe to develop a 100 acre office space.

Matthew Mehr advises financial institutions on their real estate investments. He often acts as lender's counsel on national syndicated loan transactions and represented a financer of the proposed CityScape Apartment development in Phoenix.

Significant clients Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Regent Properties, Wells Fargo, Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe.

Energy & Natural Resources - Illinois

What the team is known for Represents clients in transactional, project and litigation matters. Advises a full range of energy market participants.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very knowledgeable about energy-related matters in Illinois, very good at communicating and very responsive."

"What stood out about their performance was their experience in a very specialized area of law."

Work highlights Advised Chicago Clean Energy in relation to the development and operation of a $3 billion energy facility in Chicago. The team handled matters with regards to the acquisition of land, environmental investigations and sequestration proposals.

Represented Energy Capital Partners on contract and regulatory issues regarding the purchase of three coal and gas fired power stations.  

Notable practitioners  

Department head Christopher Townsend's practice encapsulates contentious and noncontentious matters. Townsend is praised by clients for being "very flexible - he keeps you posted on key issues and updates you accordingly."

Significant clients McCaffery Interests, Coalition of Energy Suppliers, Entergy-Koch Trading, IGS Energy, MidAmerican Energy.

Environment - Illinois

What the team is known for Services a diverse client base on transactional and contentious matters. Experienced in EPA proceedings, compliance disputes and Superfund remediations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Quarles & Brady strikes a good balance between the business and legal issues. The firm is responsive, good value and smart." 

Work highlights Advised Walmart on environmental due diligence in connection with the construction of several new stores in the Midwest.

Assisted Wisconsin Electric Power with submitting a petition for reconsideration in connection with a violation of the Cross State Air Pollution Rule by the company's Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette, Michigan.

Notable practitioners  

Janine Landow-Esser is well versed in environmental audits, brownfields and OSHA compliance matters. "I always appreciate her responsiveness, but I value most of all her temperament. She's very even-keeled and is always calm and well reasoned in her approach, even with particularly frustrating situations," said one client.

Significant clients Invensys, 3M, Chevron, Carbon Injection Systems, Central Rubber Company.

Labor & Employment - Illinois

What the team is known for Expertise in discrimination class actions, wage and hour matters and labor arbitrations. Represents clients in the telecommunications, aviation and pharmaceutical industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They give sound advice and they are practical; they are able to bring their other experiences to the table."

"Their performance was excellent. They always explained our options and their rationale for which option they would recommend." 

Work highlights Advises Union Pacific on employment and discrimination matters and represents the company in related lawsuits. The team recently won a lawsuit involving issues related to ADA and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Advised United Airlines in connection with three ongoing employment litigation cases.

Notable practitioners

Adrianne Mazura specializes in matters relating to employment and labor law and represents clients in the education and financial sectors.

Key partner Jeffrey Piell is highlighted by a client as being "very collaborative and responsive." Piell is an experienced trial lawyer.

Significant clients US Cellular, United Airlines, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, Magnetrol International.

Real Estate - Illinois

What the team is known for Recognized for its broad expertise including transactional and commercial finance matters. Advises clients from a range of industries including the insurance, healthcare and hospitality sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Their performance is outstanding across the board; insightful, intelligent, responsive, thorough, detailed and accurate."

"Compelling expertise delivered in a confident, service-oriented manner with a thorough command of the governing law."

Work highlights Advised the City of Chicago on the preparation and negotiation of a lease and license agreement for an $800 million car rental facility at Chicago O'Hare international airport.

Advised Loews Hotels in relation to the negotiation of a purchase agreement for a $180 million portion of a high-rise building in Chicago.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Messerly is a key partner in the team and has recently represented Prudential Real Estate Investors in connection with a mixed-use development in Glenview, Illinois. Messerly also handles a range of matters including those pertaining to acquisitions, dispositions and finance.

Head of department Ted Yi is described by sources as "a solid lawyer - one of the best leasing lawyers." Yi is particularly noted for his expertise in commercial leasing transactions.

Michael Rechtin brings "a special touch to the negotiating table - his calm and dignified approach is refreshing in any field, but especially in the legal world," comments one observer. Rechtin handles a range of commercial real estate matters.

Significant clients UBS Realty Advisors, McKinsey & Company, MillerCoors, The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Manulife Financial. 

Franchising - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Corporate/M&A - Wisconsin

What the team is known for Recognized for the size and strength of its bench coupled with its formidable roster of corporate clients. Spans the Upper Midwest in its interstate activity and fields experts in a range of sectors including manufacturing, private equity and technology.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've got deep securities law resources - that's really what sets them apart. They can also handle a really large transaction as they have the manpower."

"One thing I really like is that they're very conscious about time. Their attorneys can draw on their expertise very quickly and that translates into good value for money."

Work highlights Advised MEGTEC Systems in its acquisition of TurboSonic Technologies.

Assisted NEX Performance Films, a portfolio company of client Mason Wells, in its merger with Charter Films.

Notable practitioners  

Corporate specialist Kathryn Buono continues to impress peers in her areas of focus, which include private equity investment and M&A. One observer was quick to point out that "Kathy is one of the best lawyers I've come across," before going on to remark that "she recognizes and fights tooth and nail for what really matters."

Chair of the M&A team Patricia Hutter has led a number of important transactions this year, including Mason Wells's acquisition of Whitehall Specialties.

Walter Skipper's experience spans the full spectrum of corporate matters ranging from company formation and corporate governance to spin-offs and restructuring.

Significant clients MillerCoors, WE Energies, CNH America, Menasha, Rexnord.

Intellectual Property - Wisconsin

What the team is known for Maintains its position as one of the dominant forces in the Wisconsin IP market. Known for its formidable bench strength and expertise in electrical, mechanical and pharmaceutical patent prosecution, and litigation in respect of biotechnology patents.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Exceptional service, they go beyond preparation and prosecution. They provide a good service and help us to strategize."

"They have a very good, cohesive team. Work is well distributed to the best practitioner and they have our best interests in mind."

Work highlights Represented inventors from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation in the drafting and prosecution of a portfolio of patent applications. These patents relate to an array of technical fields, including electrical engineering, biotechnology and computer software.

Advised Roche Diagnostics Operations on the preparation and prosecution of IP rights both in the USA and abroad, regarding the development and use of the next generation of DNA microarrays.

Notable practitioners  

Jean Baker shows impressive expertise in the spheres of biotech and pharmaceutical IP. Sources single her out for her experience as a patent lawyer and for the fact that her clients hold her in high regard. She has also acted for Mayo Clinic in patent prosecution matters.

Bennett Berson has acted for Roche Diagnostics Operations in patent prosecution matters, and is lauded by clients as "responsive and able to understand the big picture."

Michael Jaskolski is renowned for domestic and foreign patent preparation and enforcement. One impressed client remarked: "I'm always very pleased overall. He's on top of everything technically and he offers good legal advice."

Significant clients Cognex, Epic Systems, Honda Patents & Technology North America, Mayo Clinic, Rexnord.

Labor & Employment - Wisconsin

What the team is known for Maintains its excellent track record of defending both smaller nonprofit employers and large corporate clients in employment matters. Displays particular skill in advising on the handling of allegations of harassment and employee discrimination, as well as on immigration issues and wage and hour disputes. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It's their professionalism - they're reliable, they've got a good sense of humor and they're right! If I don't know something, I want to ask someone with the right answer."

"It goes beyond making a living with them. It seems like that's their common thread. They have lots of levels of expertise but that loyalty, integrity, virtue is common to them all."

Work highlights Acts as labor and employment and immigration counsel to Actuant, advising on a wide range of issues including litigation, arbitration and noncompete disputes.

Represented Oshkosh in civil rights proceedings concerning the validity of physical testing requirements and in summary judgment victories relating to discrimination allegations on the basis of sex and age.

Notable practitioners  

David Kern is a highly experienced practitioner of traditional labor law. A client singles him out as an "absolute expert in the union relations area," going on to state that "he does a phenomenal job in helping to position us. He's really proactive and sharp."

Ely Leichtling is "very customer-focused," according to clients, who also remark: "He's very practical, which fits well with our organization." He assists management with various issues including affirmative action programs and wage and hour matters.

David Olson is highly reputed by clients, who regard him as responsive and proactive. He is particularly strong in the employee benefits sphere, and is experienced in advising management on the design and implementation of a broad range of plans.

Robert Rothacker is a noteworthy employee benefits specialist with expertise in retirement planning matters as well as health and welfare benefits. Clients report: "He's very efficient, practical and knowledgeable in the benefits area. He comes to the subject with good experience."

Head of the firm's labor team, Sean Scullen has a reputation among sources as a good problem-solver. He is highlighted for his skill in noncompete and wage and hour work for employer clients.

Robert Duffy is lauded by his clients for his commitment to their matters and his responsiveness. One source reports: "he brings a great deal of experience and has a very practical, reasonable approach." He defends employers in a broad range of employment disputes.

Grant Sovern is known for having a strong focus on immigration and advises numerous international clients. One interviewee asserted: "He helps us find alternative solutions to problems. He's very customer-focused and very good at putting employees at ease."

Michael Fischer has expertise in employer counseling and training. Sources report: "He has an incredible personality; he's very funny and can take really difficult situations and approach them in a very creative way. He's a really good negotiator."

Pamela Ploor is highlighted for her experience in dealing with the OFCCP. She is regarded by sources as "very responsive - she gives good practical advice and is proactive in her communications."

Significant clients MillerCoors, GE Healthcare, Rockwell Automation.

Litigation - Wisconsin

What the team is known for Renowned for its enviable bench strength and formidable strength and experience in class action defense work. Has a particular focus on product liability and IP law, as well as significant skill in alternative dispute resolution.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have achieved excellent results in cases for us. Their work is consistently high quality, they provide great value, and they coordinate very closely and effectively with our internal lawyers."

Work highlights Advised Harley-Davidson in a putative class action of potentially more than 50,000 class members, and successfully reached a favorable result for the client, minimizing exposure. 

Represented Menasha in the Fox River cleanup litigation arising out of the CERCLA. 

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Conley has substantial experience in advising corporate clients in class actions, having represented Harley-Davidson in defending against a putative nationwide class action. Peers respect him, explaining that he "shows good judgment and works hard for the client."

John Rothstein shows strength in insurance and bankruptcy matters, and has represented the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in a high-stakes dispute concerning liability insurance coverage.

Significant clients SnapOn, CNH, Marsh & McLennan, Epic Systems, Stemina Biomarker Discovery.

Natural Resources - Wisconsin

What the team is known for A front runner in Wisconsin's environmental and energy sphere. Has focused on assisting clients with managing the threat of invasive species, as well as advising on climate change and sustainability initiatives.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're excellent lawyers and very easy to work with. They're good colleagues."

"They have a really strong practice." 

Work highlights Represented the Lake Carriers' Association numerous times regarding initiatives imposed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to regulate ballast water discharges.

Continued to advise Walmart on environmental due diligence to help the client meet federal standards in matters such as best engineering practice, green and sustainable building practice, and issues relating to endangered species.

Notable practitioners  

Peers assert that Nancy Peterson is an impressive litigator, noting that she is "a great colleague, who is very easy to work with and understands a case, and who is good with clients." She has acted for WTM I Company in connection with the Fox River cleanup and associated litigation. 

Michael McCauley is regarded by sources as "one of the pillars of the environmental community." He is respected for his "deep knowledge of air regulations," and for his work with "very sophisticated clients."

Chair of the environmental practice group, Arthur Vogel is admired by sources for his knowledge of air law and his advocacy skills, one interviewee remarking: "He's a worthy competitor. You know you're up against someone who knows the issues, so I'm always really glad when he's on the other side."

Peers are impressed by Thomas McElligott's depth of knowledge when it comes to water law and the CWA. Observers have been impressed by the depth of his expertise, declaring that "he is extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with."

Peter Tomasi is particularly well known for his experience in air permitting as well as his creativity in negotiating a deal. Tomasi is also highly regarded by clients for his responsiveness and technical capability.

Significant clients We Energies, WTM I Company, Rexnord, Domtar, SCA Tissue.

Real Estate - Wisconsin

What the team is known for Maintains its position as one of Wisconsin's premier real estate practices. Equipped to manage real estate matters from site selection and relocation, to associated M&A, PPP developments, and financing and economic incentives, including issues of tax.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're incredibly reliable. They know our business and they're accessible, responsive and very proactive. When they answer our questions, it fits our business specifically."

"It's a first-rate firm in terms of their depth of resources and cost-effectiveness."

Work highlights Acted for Wisconsin Electric Power Company in its $250 million development of a biomass-fueled power plant, which involved the negotiation and finalization of related project agreements.

Represented Educational Facilities Development Services in the structuring and financing of a 1,600-bed student housing development at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The development was valued at $170 million.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Ostermeyer is noted by clients as "easy to work with" and his work is described as "excellent, timely and efficient." He led the team on a multitude of transactions this year including an innovative P3 development of public school space financed by exempt bonds on behalf of Educational Facilities Development Services.

Joseph Puchner is particularly highly regarded for his expertise in utilities work on top of his commercial real estate practice. He also has real estate transactional experience in the renewable energy sector, having advised clients on the establishment of wind farms.

Kevin Delorey focuses on commercial real estate development, and has expertise in annexation, zoning and land use. He also has considerable experience in advising on construction projects.

Scott Langlois is a highly experienced attorney who is respected for his transactional work and knowledge of real estate financing. One peer calls him "a good lawyer; a smart guy who represents his clients very well."

Clients describe real estate specialist Michael Zeka as "a smart, common-sense, transactional attorney." He is also admired for his clarity and his approach to his work: "He focuses on important matters and doesn't get lost in inconsequential issues. The bonus is he is a great communicator and a pleasure to work with."

Significant clients Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Canyon Capital Partners, HSA Commercial, JPMorgan Chase, Aviva Investors North America.