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Quarles & Brady’s Chairman Emeritus Receives Central City Business Award for 2014

MILWAUKEE, WIS. — The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that firm chairman emeritus John W. Daniels Jr. received a 2014 Central City Business Award in the Lifetime Achievement Award category from The Milwaukee Business Journal.

Honorees are Milwaukee-area businesses and individuals who are committed to supporting growth and prosperity in a central city area. The program is designed to recognize the important contributions businesses and individuals are making to generate positive momentum in driving new innovations for much-needed jobs and commercial expansion in central city areas in Southeast Wisconsin. Winners were selected by a judges’ panel comprising professionals from the Milwaukee area. Honoree profiles were published in a special section included inside the March 14 issue of the Milwaukee Business Journal. They were presented with their awards at a luncheon on March 17.

As chairman of Quarles & Brady, Daniels, a Harvard law graduate, drove numerous value-creation initiatives. During his tenure at the firm’s helm, he led Quarles through a fundamental transformation, shifting from the traditional operational model for law firms to a modern client-centric, business-minded organization. Daniels drove that fundamental cultural shift in the midst of a challenging economy, leading the firm to significant growth while much of the legal industry declined.

Daniels has been well recognized for his leadership in the business, civic and legal communities. Among many more recognitions over the years, he has received the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence designation and the National Bar Association’s Legacy Award. The National Law Journal named him as one of “The 50 Most Influential Diverse Attorneys in America,” the Business Journal of Milwaukee listed him in its “Power Book,” and Daniels was named 2013 “Managing Partner of the Year” by a group of his managing-partner colleagues in U.S. law firms. In December, he was named chairman of the Aurora Health Care board of directors.

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