Ann M. Murphy, Retired Partner


Ann is deeply respected inside and outside Quarles & Brady, not only for her legal skills but for her overall leadership. She is one of the most accomplished legal executives in the industry today. The following are positions of leadership that she held over the years.

Executive Committee: Ann was the first woman ever elected to serve on the firm’s governing body, which she did for 15 years.

Milwaukee Office Managing Partner: Ann was the first person ever to serve as managing partner of the firm’s largest office, and she did so for 12 years.

Milwaukee Office Charitable Contributions Committee: Each year, the firm sponsors numerous worthy causes around the Greater Milwaukee Committee, donating more than a hundred-thousand dollars annually as part of its commitment to corporate social responsibility. Ann led the committee for more than six years.

Legal Personnel Committee: This committee determines the firm’s attorney staffing needs and evaluates partner performance. Ann is the first woman to have chaired the committee.

Recruiting Committee: Attracting great talent is one of the firm’s most important undertakings. Ann was the first woman to have chaired this committee as well.

Summer Associates Committee: Selecting new attorneys to develop into tomorrow’s legal eagles is another key function. Once again, Ann was the first woman to chair this committee.

Firm UPAF and United Way Campaigns: Quarles supports numerous organizations in each of the communities in which it has an office. However, in Milwaukee the firm has an excellent reputation for its fulsome support of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee, raising record-breaking sums of money through annual fund drives. Much of the success of those drives is owed to Ann, who has chaired both campaigns for years.

Numerous Community Organizations: Ann was also very active in a number of local organizations. See “Community Service” for a representative list.

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