Alyce C. Katayama, Retired Partner


Alyce Katayama had more than 30 years of experience representing both institutional and individual clients, including boards of directors and senior executives, on a wide range of business issues in the health care industry. She also practiced in the immigration field, with a focus on professional and business immigrations matters, including for health care professionals. Alyce has chaired both the Health Law and Immigration Law Practice Groups at Quarles, supervising both strategic planning and day-to-day activities of those attorney groups. She had a proven ability to build partnerships, mentor others, create consensus, develop collaborations involving scientific and business groups, and work with regulators.

She was also an active research scientist in the field of assisted reproductive technology, with peer-reviewed publications in the scientific literature. She took a special interest in the evaluation and presentation of risk at the intersection of law and medicine. Alyce sought to bring the exactness of the scientific method to her practice of law, using her findings to build bridges and guard against regulatory overreach.

The primary concentration of Alyce’s practice was the representation of hospitals and other health care providers, but she has experience in a wide variety of health law sub-areas, such as reimbursement, fraud and abuse, joint ventures, contracting, governance, accreditation, corporate compliance, credentialing and medical staff matters, managed care, and provider licensing. Alyce dealt regularly with issues surrounding the 340B Drug Discount Program, and the Sunshine Act. She also assisted health care entities in various sectors with internal investigations.

The first woman partner at Quarles & Brady, Alyce has always striven to serve as a bridge among individuals and groups from very different fields and perspectives.

Education and Honors

  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., 1974)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Maryland Law Review (Staff Member, 1972–1974)
  • Goucher College (B.A., cum laude, 1972)
    • Major: Economics
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional and Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Wisconsin Health Law Section (Member, Council Person, 1980–1986; President Elect, 1983–1984; President, 1984–1985; Past President, 1985–1986)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin International Practice Section (Member, 1988–1990; Co-chair, Immigration Committee (1988–1990)
  • State Bar of California, Inactive
  • State Bar of Maryland, Inactive
  • American Bar Association (Member, Health Law Section)
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Wisconsin Chapter (Secretary, 1985–1987; Chairman, 1988–1990)
  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Adverse Reactions to Food Substances (Member, 1985–1987)
  • Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics (Editorial Board, 2003–2006; referee for scientific papers 2003–2009)
  • Association of Private Assisted Reproductive Technology Managing Board (founding Director, Board Member, and legal advisor, 1999–2006)
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra: Board of Directors (2004–present); Corporate Secretary; Chair of the Governance Committee; Member: Audit Committee; Member: Music Director Search Committee; Chaired MSO-MSOL Merger Task Force
  • Meta House: Board of Directors (1976–1978)
  • Law360 Health Editorial Advisory Board

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (Health Care Law: 1991–present; Immigration Law: 1991–present)
  • Listed in M Magazine Leading Lawyers (Health Care Law: 2012–present; Immigration Law: 2012–present)
  • Named in 2016 Women in the Law by Wisconsin Law Journal
  • State Bar of Wisconsin – Pro Bono Honor Society (2015)
  • Fellow, Wisconsin Law Foundation Class of 2017
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