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Quarles & Brady Names New Practice Group Chairs for Bankruptcy and Estate, Trust & Wealth Preservation

MILWAUKEE, WIS. — The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Brian Sirower has been named national Commercial Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group chair, and Patrick J. Bitterman has been named national Estate, Trust & Wealth Preservation Practice Group chair. Sirower succeeds John A. Harris, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, who has led the group since 2008. Bitterman succeeds James F. Daly, a partner in the firm’s Milwaukee office, who has led the group since 2011.

“Quarles is elated that Brian and Pat will be chairing two of the firm’s largest practice groups,” said firm chair Kimberly Leach Johnson. “We are confident that they will continue to lead the groups successfully and build on the great leadership that both John and James provided. We thank John and James for their work in leading the groups for the past several years.”

“I am honored to be chosen as chair of the firm’s Commercial Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group,” said Sirower. “I am excited to work with my colleagues on a deeper level to continue the group’s successes.”

“I am very pleased to be named the next chair of the firm’s Estate, Trust & Wealth Preservation Practice Group,” said Bitterman. “I look forward to leading the group as it continues its growth and expansion throughout the firm’s offices.”

Brian Sirower has been a member of the firm's Phoenix office since 2000. He concentrates his practice on workouts, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation, with a focus on all forms of creditor representations. Sirower also has extensive experience in distressed leasing matters, preference and fraudulent conveyance defense, committee representations, and commercial debtor representations. Sirower received his law degree, with honors, from The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law and his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary.

Patrick Bitterman has been a member of the firm’s Chicago office since 1999 and concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, taxation and tax-exempt organizations. He is experienced in the administration of estates and the creation and administration of revocable and irrevocable trusts. His expertise encompasses estate, gift, generation-skipping transfer, income and not-for-profit taxation. Bitterman also handles tax and business succession planning through a variety of vehicles, including family limited partnerships and installment sales. He is an advisor to public charities, private foundations and individuals on planned giving. He also counsels clients with respect to fiduciary litigation matters. Bitterman received his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois.