Jeff Peelen, Partner


Jeff Peelen is a multi-disciplinary attorney who serves on the firm's Executive Committee, and serves as one of the firm's two national Section Chairs. As Section Chair, Jeff works with the firm's Chair and Managing Partner to manage the strategic direction and performance of half the firm's practice groups and industry teams (in Jeff's case, our transactional practices).

Jeff was previously the Chair of the firm's Public Finance Practice Group, a Midwestern powerhouse perennially ranked in the top five firms regionally. He is also the founder of the firm's Government Affairs & Political Law Compliance Group, which serves as regulatory counsel for some of the largest and most reputable corporations in the world.

In his public finance practice, Jeff serves as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel and disclosure counsel. In recent years, his practice has increasingly involved securities law and regulatory matters, as regulatory scrutiny of municipal offerings has spiked in the aftermath of the Great Recession. He leads a team that serves as underwriter's counsel and regulatory compliance counsel, and provides enforcement/litigation assistance to regional and national broker dealers, with an emphasis on municipal broker dealers.

Jeff's government affairs and political law compliance program has a national reputation, serving multiple Fortune 50 clients and other corporations who frequently interact with state and federal officials. His team helps clients manage the legal aspects of their political action committees, in-house and contract lobbyist activities, and procurement and play-to-play concerns.

Jeff is a technology enthusiast and his teams regularly employ proprietary web-based tools to help clients manage deals, documents and regulatory filings. Jeff is also the firm's coordinator for our involvement with Ward4, Milwaukee's innovation collaboration space. Outside the firm, Jeff is the co-founder of SysSpark LLC, a technology innovation company that works with innovators to transform ideas into early stage software offerings.

Jeff is a problem solver. He has always been focused on details, dating back to his days as Editor-in-Chief of The Georgetown Law Journal. But he prides himself on seeing the big picture. With a dedication to continuous improvement, he constantly seeks to strengthen the processes by which his teams stay abreast of wide-ranging current issues, evolve and broaden their approach to due diligence, and help clients navigate potential traps for the unwary against an ever-growing web of regulation.

He is also lucky to have clients he truly enjoys. Due diligence and political law might not be everyone's idea of a good time, but when working together he and his clients regularly have a lot of fun.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business (Certificate of Executive Management, 2013)
  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., magna cum laude, 1998)
    • Editor-in-Chief, The Georgetown Law Journal (1997–1998)
  • Marquette University (B.S., 1992)
    • Majors: Mathematics / Computer Science and English
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Quarles & Brady (Executive Committee, 2014-present)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (Former Director)
  • Ward4 Milwaukee (Former Coordinator)
  • SysSpark LLC (Co-Founder)

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2010–present: Government Relations Practice / Public Finance Law)