Quarles & Brady Adds New Partners to Its Ranks


(Milwaukee, Wis. — October 3, 2014) – The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that 17 of its associate attorneys have been admitted as partners as a result of excellent performance and the promise of generating strong future value for the firm and its clients. The new partners are in the firm’s Chicago, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Tucson,  Naples, and Tampa offices.

The new partners are Lauren Beslow, Michael Catlett, Kelly Davis, Anneke Diem, Elizabeth Fella, Noleta Jansen, Eric Ledbetter, Kathryn Moore, Adrienne Olson, Ryan Patterson, John Schaak, Yakov Sidorin, Christian Stahl, James Ugalde, Rena Upshaw-Frazier, Matthew Vogel, and Johanna Wilbert.


“Quarles & Brady has been around for almost 125 years, and we owe much of our success to attracting the best and brightest to join us and then investing in their professional development throughout their careers,” said Firm Managing Partner Fred Lautz, who supervises the partnership across the firm’s nine nationwide locations from its founding office in Milwaukee. “We see our future in the faces of these young and successful lawyers, and I’m confident that we’ll be around for at least another 125 years.”


“Given the intensely competitive nature of the modern legal industry, it’s more important than ever to promote associates with extreme care,” added Firm Chair Kimberly Leach Johnson. “All new partners must be outstanding representatives of the profession, so we’re excited to add these 17 exceptional achievers to our ranks.”


The attorneys’ new status as partners becomes effective on October 1.


About the Attorneys:

Lauren Beslow (Chicago office) practices in the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group where she counsels clients in a wide variety of restructuring and insolvency matters.


Michael Catlett (Phoenix office) practices in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group and also is a member of the appellate practice subgroup.


Kelly Davis (Naples office) practices in the Labor & Employment Practice Group, providing advice and counsel to employers and representing employers in defense of workplace-related litigation.


Anneke Diem (Chicago office) practices in the firm’s Business Law Practice Group.Her practice focuses on representation of clients in the sale and acquisition of businesses, the raising of capital by clients in private securities offerings, representation of institutional investors in connection with their direct and fund investments as well as general corporate counseling.


Elizabeth Fella (Tucson office) practices in the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group.She specializes in  representing local and national companies in complex contract disputes, complex financial restructuring negotiations, and related litigation.


Noleta Jansen (Milwaukee office) is a member of the firm’s Estate, Trust & Wealth Preservation Practice Group, where she works with clients on a variety of estate planning and estate and trust administration matters. She is also a member of the Fiduciary, Trust and Probate Litigation Group, where she assists clients in a variety of fiduciary, trust and estate disputes.


Eric Ledbetter (Chicago office) practices in the Labor & Employment Practice Group, specializing in complex business immigration matters for prominent individuals and the employees of corporate clients.


Kathryn Moore (Phoenix office) practices in the Real Estate Practice Group, emphasizing the representation of financial institutions and the representation of local, national, and international lenders.


Adrienne Olson (Milwaukee office) practices in the Business Law Practice Group, focusing on assisting corporations and organizations with compliance in the areas of lobbying, campaign finance, ethics, procurement, and anticorruption matters at the federal level and in all 50 states.


Ryan Patterson (Phoenix office) practices in the firm’s Product Liability Practice Group specializing in the areas of commercial litigation and product liability defense.


John Schaak (Milwaukee office) is a member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group, focusing on real estate- and construction-related litigation, as well as providing advice and counsel on insurance coverage matters.


Yakov Sidorin (Tucson office) practices in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, handling all areas of IP counseling for a variety of clients.


Christian Stahl (Chicago office) is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, representing clients in many aspects of IP procurement, enforcement, and litigation.


James Ugalde (Phoenix office) practices in the firm’s Commercial Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Group and focuses on the representation of businesses and their needs for contract enforcement, restructuring, insolvency matters and related litigation.


Rena Upshaw-Frazier (Tampa office) is a member of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group, primarily focusing on matters involving real property.


Matthew Vogel (Milwaukee office) practices in the firm’s Business Law Practice Group, regularly counseling clients in the areas of antitrust law and securities law, particularly in matters relating to registered and unregistered funds and their investments.


Johanna Wilbert (Milwaukee office) is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, handling patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and false advertising litigation and appeals.


About Quarles & Brady LLP
Quarles & Brady is a full-service law firm with more than 475 attorneys offering an array of legal services to corporate and individual clients that range from small entrepreneurial businesses to Fortune 100 companies, with practice focuses in health care and life sciences, business law, data privacy and security, and complex litigation. The firm has offices in Chicago; Indianapolis; Madison; Milwaukee; Naples, Florida; Phoenix; Tampa; Tucson; and Washington, D.C. Additional information can be found online at quarles.com, as well as on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.


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