Quarles traces its roots back to 1892 Milwaukee, with the founding of several law firms that went through a series of mergers and transitions before finally establishing the modern firm formally known as Quarles & Brady in 1974. We are one of Wisconsin’s largest law firms, and while we don’t identify any of our offices as an official “headquarters,” the Milwaukee office remains the largest in our network. Because it’s not only the original, but by far the oldest of the form offices, the Milwaukee office is where much of the firm’s culture developed, including our proverbial “Midwestern work ethic” — honesty and fair dealing, a full day’s work for a full day’s pay, a reasonable price for goods and services, a spirit of teamwork and mutual responsibility, and a commitment to help that comes from the heart. We may have nine offices across the country today, but our organizational culture remains true to its roots, and that Midwestern work ethic is a part of every Quarles & Brady attorney.
Life in Milwaukee
Do you love all that a big city has to offer — sports teams, a variety of ethnic restaurants, a vibrant performing arts community, and so on — but also desire a short commute to an affordable suburban home or an even shorter commute to a fashionable and similarly affordable downtown condo?
Milwaukee is a cosmopolitan city with a small-town feel. With an ethnically diverse population of 1.5 million, we share the same beautiful Great Lake with our Chicago friends, but we have more room to play in it. Whether it’s the city’s trendy East Side, historic Downtown, Brewers Hill neighborhoods, the artsy Third Ward, or the family-friendly south or west side, there is always something brewing in “Cream City.”
Yes, the winter months can be long and snowy, but Milwaukeeans embrace the cold. They throw on a coat and gloves, and head out to enjoy the many activities our city has to offer. We weren’t born with skis attached to our feet, but we do enjoy taking advantage of the many trails and ice rinks that our beautiful city parks offer. Throughout the year, you can explore the historic streets of Milwaukee, check out the lively arts scene, or cheer on one of our professional or college sports teams, and you’ll find Milwaukee to be a cool city with warm personality.
We admit it (with a knowing grin): Milwaukeeans are fun people who are always looking for an excuse to party. During the summer (and, actually, winter) months, you can attend a backyard BBQ, tailgate party, or a local church festival. On the weekend, you’ll find an endless list of activities to enjoy. This “City of Festivals” loves to celebrate its melting pot heritage with diverse lakeside festivals that reflect our cultural makeup — Arab World Fest, Asian Moon, Bastille Days, German Fest, Pride Fest, Russian Fest, Indian Summer, Festa Italiana, Mexican Fiesta, Polish Fest, Irish Fest, Lakefront Festival of the Arts, and the Holiday Folk Fair, to name only a few of the opportunities to eat and drink delectable victuals.
And, of course, Milwaukee is home to a 10-day party that has often been imitated but never matched, Summerfest, one of the world’s largest music festivals. If you haven’t done Summerfest, you haven’t experienced the ultimate concert!
For the sports fans, Milwaukee has top-notch professional and college teams to cater to almost every taste: MLB Brewers, NBA Bucks, MISL Wave, Wisconsin Badgers, Marquette Golden Eagles, UW-Milwaukee Panthers, and the AHL Admirals. Milwaukee is the proud home of American Family Field, one of the finest stadiums in Major League Baseball. Meanwhile, they may be in Green Bay, but the entire state of Wisconsin remains head-over-heels in love with the NFL Green Bay Packers, winning or losing (their zeal is almost scary!), and legendary Lambeau Field, home of the Green & Gold, is just over two hours north of Milwaukee — a must see for any football fan!
Arts & Entertainment
When it comes to arts and entertainment, Milwaukee has many options from which to choose. The Marcus Center for Performing Arts, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet, historic Pabst Theater, Ko Thi Dance Company, Florentine Opera Company, Skylight Opera, and Milwaukee Musaik offer symphony, ballet, opera, Broadway shows, and the entire spectrum of theater experiences. In January 2005, the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center opened, a unique, one-of-kind facility in the United States — both the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and First Stage Children’s Theater academy now operate out of this fabulous facility. And those are just the big venues — Milwaukee is also home to dozens of small theatre companies and a local population of professionally trained actors who stage high-quality performances at bargain-basement prices.
Not only do we have extremely talented musicians, artists, and stage performers who provide some of the most interesting, diverse, and innovative fare, but we are fortunate to have the incredibly rich visual arts venue of the Milwaukee Art Museum, with its iconic Santiago Calatrava design. This museum features a large permanent collection plus changing exhibits of art, from ancient to modern. Furthermore, smaller museums, such as the Charles Allis Art Museum and Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, exhibit objects d’art from around the world.
Points of historic interest, rich in cultural diversity, are abundant in Milwaukee. For a day-long experience, visit the Milwaukee Public Museum, which houses permanent exhibits of Native American scenes, rain forests, Streets of Old Milwaukee, butterflies, bugs, oriental artifacts, early American scenes, dinosaurs, and much more. Families will enjoy exploring Discovery World, the Harley-Davidson Museum, and the Betty Brinn Museum as well. And for animal lovers, Milwaukee features the Milwaukee County Zoo, which is considered one of the best in the country.
Catering to one of Milwaukeeans’ favorite pastimes — dining out — Milwaukee is the home of many exciting restaurants reflecting the city’s diverse population. From African to Serbian, Mexican to Japanese, German to Thai, Cuban to Italian, and everything in between, Milwaukee has restaurants to satisfy every palate, timid to adventurous!
Milwaukee has a variety of vibrant educational institutions. The city is home to Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Medical College of Wisconsin, Alverno, and many others. Ten other private colleges serve the area, including one of the country’s top trade and technical schools, MATC (Milwaukee Area Technical College).
To learn more about what’s happening in Milwaukee, please check out the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, the Shepherd Express, VISIT Milwaukee, and OnMilwaukee.com.