Born of a Badger State merger, Quarles and Brady has grown from its Midwest roots to ten offices nationwide. Among the firm’s strengths include corporate matters, intellectual property, health care, labor and employment, and real estate, and the firm navigates legal issues on behalf of Midwest heavyweights such as Molson Coors and Harley Davidson. The firm has also been widely recognized for its efforts to support women in the legal industry.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

500 - 750


No. of Partners Named (2020)



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No. of Summer Associates (2022)

28 total (21 2Ls; 7 1Ls)


Base Salary

Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, Naples, Phoenix,...


No. of U.S. Offices


Vault Verdict

Quarles & Brady values merit, in both grades and experience, and cultural fit when seeking candidates to join the firm. Remote work has lessened social interaction, but the associates say the firm continues to nurture a supportive and warm environment. The firm has shown increased efforts to be more transparent in terms of compensation and promotion and the associates are pleased with the feedback they receive during performance reviews. Partners at the firm are genuinely invested in the associate’s growth and development and associates feel their contributions are valued. Long hours are inevitable for a large firm, but the billable hours expectation is reasonable, and partners are keen to make sure associates’ plates are not too full. Compensation is competitive and the f...

About the Firm

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, DC 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, Molson Coors, and Wells Fargo Bank....

Associate Reviews


  • “Prior to the pandemic, the attorneys would socialize outside of work together pretty frequently. Things changed when we started working from home, but we've still made it a priority to get together about once a month for group lunches.”
  • “Everyone is professional but friendly, and everyone I have worked with has been excited to be showing up and working for the firm.”
  • “The culture is supportive. There are opportunities to socialize virtually and there is very little tolerance for poor behavior.”

Diversity at Quarles & Brady LLP

"Currently, five of our offices have female managing partners, two of our national practice groups are headed by women attorneys and one is headed by a male minority attorney. The Diversity & Inclusion Committee, whose Co-Chairs are Kimberly Johnson , Emily Feinstein, and Steven Hunter (a diverse partner), includes minority and majority associates and partners, Executive Committee members, the Recruiting Committee Chair, the Chief Human Resources Officer and the Director of Diversity as well as other key staff decision makers. The Committee..."

Getting Hired Here


  • “QB is looking for ‘non-traditional’ candidates and has shifted its hiring strategy in certain groups to be the right person versus the right credentials. I believe they've widened the net of what they're willing to consider as a suitable background. It is a very squishy process that doesn't really seem to consider any of the ‘traditional’ qualifiers. I have no idea where most of my colleagues went to school or if they were on a journal.”
  • “The firm values experience and personality. There do not appear to be feeder schools for my office.”
  • “From the perspective of an applicant the firm's hiring process was competitive: they were responsive, friendly, and made clear why one would want to work here. I have not yet been involved in the other side of the interview process.”