Kevin M. Long, Partner


As an MBA-trained attorney with a civil engineering background, Kevin Long approaches the practice of law with precision and discipline. He evaluates legal matters through a studied grasp of the client’s business, providing an honest assessment of the litigation options, the potential fees involved, the possible outcomes, and the cost-benefit analyses needed to make responsible decisions. As the national chair of the Quarles Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Kevin oversees many area-specific teams of trial lawyers, with a similar demand for accountability, accessibility, and clarity.

Kevin’s own litigation practice lies principally within the construction and real estate industry, where he assists clients in matters concerning lien issues, payment disputes, and defect claims. He is also experienced in Uniform Commercial Code, condemnation, and insurance litigation. His construction litigation experience includes delay damage claims, defective labor/materials/workmanship cases, bid protests, payment disputes, and jobsite injury cases. Kevin further has special experience with effect of economic loss doctrine on construction claims, enforceability of liquidated damage provisions in construction contracts and lien priority, and perfection and waiver issues.

Kevin doesn’t advocate for dispute resolution by trial if an alternative approach will get the job done more effectively, but he is always ready to do whatever it takes to protect his clients’ interests, and he is no stranger to the courtroom. He understands that hard work wins the day, no matter what process is in play, but Kevin believes fairness and careful thought are the keys to success as well. He also recognizes that litigation can be an intensely emotional experience for clients, so he endeavors to sustain their calm by reducing difficult concepts to easily understood decision points, and he takes great satisfaction in helping clients feel confident about their actions.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Marquette University Law School (J.D., 1992)
    • Marquette Law Review
  • Marquette University (M.B.A., 1992)
  • Marquette University (B.S., 1989)
    • Major: Civil Engineering
    • Chi Epsilon
    • Alpha Sigma Nu
    • All-University Commencement Speaker

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1992
  • Pro hac vice admissions throughout the country

Professional and Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Advisor and Member, Construction and Public Contract Law Section)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Construction Litigation Committee)
  • US Law Firm Group (Member, Construction Law Section)
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association (Member)
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association (Member)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association (Member)
  • Greater Milwaukee Committee (Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Named Milwaukee Real Estate Litigation Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2011–present: Litigation – Construction; Litigation – Real Estate)
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2009–2010 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists (Construction Litigation)