Joel E. Tragesser, Partner

Community Service

Joel is committed to serving the community and dedicates considerable time and contributions to organizations that are meaningful to him and his family, including, but not limited to:

The American Lung Association in Indiana is committed to saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Through research, education and advocacy, it is dedicated to the Fight For Air. Joel is a member of Indiana's Evening of Promise Gala Executive Leadership Team and has participated in the annual stair climb since 2012. Quarles & Brady is the exclusive sponsor of the 2015 and 2016 Gala V.I.P. tasting reception.

Joel and his wife Kirsten support ALA to honor Kirsten's daughter Maddie. One of Maddie's life-threatening diagnoses was pulmonary hypertension, and Maddie was placed on the heart, double lung transplant list at the tender age of four months. The Indianapolis office of Quarles & Brady climbs in honor of Maddie and is a finish line sponsor of the 2015 stair climb. The Quarles & Brady Indy team won the 2015 and 2016 Fight for Air Law Firm Challenge and raised the most money overall each year. Thanks to the support of clients, colleagues, family, and friends, Joel also raised the most money individually. In the photo above, Joel and his wife Kirsten were recognized for their work with the ALA's annual Evening of Promise awards gala and Fight for Air stair climb. As a Quarles Cares initiative, the Indianapolis office of Quarles & Brady LLP climbs in memory of Kirsten's late daughter Maddie Graham under the banner "Quarles Climbers for Maddie."

Below Joel shares his story of why he climbs in the Fight for Air Climb. 


The Shepherd Community Center is an organization on the near-east of Indianapolis that is focused on breaking the cycle of poverty and provides food, mentoring, skills training, education, etc. to youth from birth through college. As part of a Quarles Cares community effort to help make certain that children have quality meals over summer break, Joel and others in the Indy office collect items and seek donations from clients, neighbors and friends during the month of June. Also, the Indy Office has hosted high school students from Shepherd Community Center for an office tour and job shadowing. Joel provided an overview of his practice and showed how a trademark filing is completed online.

Established in 1945, Little Red Door is the oldest, local cancer resource in central Indiana striving to make the most of life and the least of cancer, helping over 7,500 Hoosiers each year. By reducing the physical, emotional, and financial burdens of cancer for the working poor and unemployed Hoosiers, Little Red Door enables patients to understand, detect and navigate cancer, while opening the door to Hope. Joel serves as a table captain for the Face of Hope Breakfast and assists with trademarks.

Through weekly after-school activities focused on higher education and career, culture and diversity, and community service, mentors for College Mentors for Kids, Inc. help their "little buddies" understand the importance of education, show them the benefits of cultural understanding, and teach them ways to give back to their community. Joel assists with trademarks.

Each day, Second Helpings volunteers and staff rescue prepared and perishable food from wholesalers, retailers and restaurants — preventing unnecessary waste. That rescued food is used to create more than 3,500 hot, nutritious meals each day that are distributed to 75 social service agencies that feed people in need. Joel and the Indianapolis office of Quarles & Brady support Second Helpings. In the summer, Joel and his children joined others from Quarles Cares on a warm Saturday morning to wash the vans used to deliver meals.

CHAMP Camp provides a week-long, summer camp experience for children and adolescents with tracheostomies and those who require technological respiratory assistance. Campers enjoy and fully participate in outdoor summer camp activities including swimming, canoeing, climbing and zip lining to encourage independence, confidence, and self-esteem and create memories that last a lifetime. Joel's wife worked with a founder of CHAMP Camp. They attend the annual Sneakers Ball and support the summer camp.

For over two decades Kids' Voice has been serving the best interests of children by providing critical legal resources, information, training and support for legal system and child service professionals. As the only not-for-profit organization of its kind in Indiana, it helps those who are on the front lines in the battle to protect children – judges, lawyers, social services personnel, agency staff, teachers, therapists, volunteers and others. Joel supports and assists with trademark inquiries.

Indiana Sports Corp, a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission. They create positive impact by hosting world-class sporting events that enhance vibrancy in the community, build civic pride, drive economic impact and media exposure, and encourage opportunities for youth. Joel and the Indianapolis office of Quarles & Brady compete in the Corporate Challenge and attend other ISC events.

For nearly 100 years, United Way of Central Indiana has strived to help all Central Indiana residents achieve and maintain self-sufficiency by focusing on four key areas of community impact – Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs – in the six-county region of Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties. Joel has supported United Way since 2008.

The focus of Genesis Church is on appropriately responding to God's love and His work in our lives, and that has led us to a commitment to Celebrate, Connect and Contribute. Joel and his family have attended Genesis Church since 2004 and he volunteers in GenKids, which is devoted to the evangelistic and ministerial needs of children.

The goal of Mission Uprising is to clearly communicate True Freedom and Abundant Life in the power of the Cross, the Resurrection, and the Ascension of Jesus Christ. They do this through life-transforming events, mentoring, prayer, support for the local church, and the support of like-minded missions worldwide. Joel has attended father-son camps and father-daughter camps since 2007. His favorite event is the Gut Check with Sharek during the Outposts for Men.

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