Gregory T. Everts, Partner


Greg Everts is a partner and senior litigator at Quarles & Brady with extensive experience in high-stakes business and regulatory disputes. He is a former trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he prosecuted white-collar criminal fraud. He has worked as legal counsel in the Office of the U.S. Vice President. Greg graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan Law School; he has a master's degree in public policy from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. He is currently an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, teaching an advanced seminar on complex litigation and class action practice.

Greg's experience includes:

  • Defense of consumer class actions, including Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases, and actions brought under a variety of federal and state statutes;
  • Complex commercial disputes, including high stakes, multi-party and bet-the-company cases;
  • Government investigations and licensing and enforcement actions;
  • Lawsuits for theft of trade secrets and violation of non-compete agreements;
  • False advertising, consumer protection and deceptive trade practice lawsuits and administrative enforcement actions, including cases involving weights and measures, pricing and minimum markup requirements, food and drug regulations, consumer product safety, insurance licensing, and securities fraud;
  • Trademark and copyright infringement.

As a Justice Department trial attorney in Washington, D.C., Greg managed grand jury investigations and prosecuted white-collar criminal fraud cases in more than a dozen federal judicial districts. He litigated on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission and other federal agencies. He worked at the White House, as Associate Counsel in the Office of the Vice President and Special Counsel to the President's Crime Prevention Council, and has served on several inter-agency working groups.

Greg has extensive experience in trial work and dispute resolution, including complex, multi-party commercial disputes, jury and bench trials, injunction and TRO hearings, arbitration, mediation, and settlement negotiation. He is a forceful and effective advocate with judges, juries, and mediators, and is able to speak knowledgeably and persuasively to government regulators. He is a trusted advisor to public and private companies, family-held businesses, corporate executives, and in-house counsel, with a strong track record of success in litigation, regulatory proceedings, and client problem-solving.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude)
    • Order of the Coif. Attorney General's Honor Program, U.S. Department of Justice. Michigan Law Review (Book Review Editor).
  • Princeton University (M.P.A.)
    • Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison (B.A.)
    • Political science and journalism

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • District of Columbia (Inactive)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice (1990-1997)
    • Attorney General's Honor Program (1990-1993)
    • DOJ Special Achievement Awards (1992-1996)
    • Commissioner's Special Citation, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (1997)
    • Food and Drug Administration Group Award for the investigation of smuggled and unapproved drugs in the veal industry (1997)
  • Associate Counsel, Office of the Vice President & Special Counsel to the President's Crime Prevention Counsel (1995-1996)
  • President (2007-2008) and Board of Governors (2002-2012), Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Chair, Court-Appointed Committee to Consider and Recommend Whether to Reappoint Stephen L. Crocker as U.S. Magistrate Judge (2007)
  • Member, American Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, Dane County Bar Association
  • Former Member, ABA Committees on Private Advertising Litigation and Consumer Protection
  • Founder and Director (2008-2018) and President (2012-2016), Madison Club Charitable Foundation
  • Director, Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum (2015-2021)
  • Director, Edgewood Condominium Association, Inc. (2011-2014); Trustee, Edgewood Campus School (2002-2008); Chair, ECS Committee on Campus Governance (2007-2011)
  • Member, Criminal Penalties Study Committee, State of Wisconsin (1998-1999)
  • Member, Rotary Club of Downtown Madison (2002-Present)

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as Best Lawyers® 2023 Madison Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)"Lawyer of the Year"
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
  • Life Fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2016-present - Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Best Trade Secrets Dispute Attorney, 2016 Intellectual Property Awards, Acquisition International
  • Group Pro Bono Award, Seventh Circuit Bar Association -- leader of a legal team representing two prisoners with serious mental illnesses in a lawsuit that successfully challenged conditions of solitary confinement at the Waupun (Wisconsin) Correctional Institution.
  • Fellow of the American Bar Association
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