Jeff Peelen, Partner

Biography

Jeff Peelen is a multi-disciplinary attorney dedicated to helping clients by developing efficient processes and systematic solutions for addressing broad regulatory and legal challenges.

Jeff is a past Chair of our firm's Public Finance group (a Midwestern powerhouse) and presently leads our firm's municipal securities dealer team. Jeff's team provides broker-dealer / investment advisor regulatory advice, and defends securities dealers in litigation and enforcement actions. The team also serves as disclosure and underwriter's counsel — both on individual transactions of all sorts, and, more and more commonly, across broad categories of transactions (e.g., all general obligations or municipal revenue obligations) for an underwriter in one or multiple states.

Jeff is also the founder of our firm's Political Law group. Building on an interest dating back to his days as Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Law Journal, Jeff has developed a 50-state political law compliance program with a national reputation. Jeff helps large organizations, generally with broad political footprints, manage the compliance aspects of their State and federal government affairs programs.

Jeff holds and has held significant leadership positions within our firm, giving him a broad perspective and making him an excellent counselor, strategist and client relationship lawyer. Jeff prides himself on helping clients become more sophisticated consumers of legal services, and serving clients through teams that work in synch with clients and the rhythm of their businesses.

Jeff serves on our firm's elected Executive Committee, and is one of two national Section Chairs. As Section Chair, Jeff works with our Firm Chair and Firm Managing Partner to manage the strategic direction and performance of half the firm's industry teams and practice groups (in Jeff's case, our transactional practices). Jeff also led our firm's lateral partner recruiting program for three years, helping drive our firm's growth strategy in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

Jeff is a technology enthusiast (with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and computer science) and brings great energy to his work — with clients he truly enjoys. 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. The son of an accomplished marathon runner, Jeff is also a part owner of HubieFit, a fitness company with a focus on triathlon training and gear. If you're brave, ask Jeff about his (not) patented "green juice" blend — which he claims is the secret to his modest training success.

Jeff lives in Franklin, Wisconsin, with his wife Roxanne and their three children: Jack, William and Madeline.

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 (1997-98)
  • Marquette University (B.S., 1992)
    • Concentrations: Mathematics / Computer Science; English
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Quarles & Brady (Section Chair, Transactional Practices, 2015-present)
  • Quarles & Brady (Executive Committee, 2014-present)
  • Ward4 Milwaukee (Firm Coordinator)
  • SysSpark LLC (Co-Founder)
  • HubieFit LLC (Part-Owner, Advisor)

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2010-present: Public Finance / Political Law)