Lawyer Spotlight: Greg Everts
How many states or countries have you lived in?
Five. Wisconsin, Washington DC, Connecticut, New Jersey, Michigan.
What is your favorite drink?
Manhattan (rye whiskey, vermouth, bitters and a touch of maple syrup).
What is your favorite month?
What inspires you?
Hiking in one of our National Parks.
If you chose a quote to live by, what would it be?
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
– Oscar Wilde.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Being a parent to two great kids.
What has been your most embarrassing experience at Q&B?
Not sure, maybe hitting "reply all" and emailing the entire firm?
What experience at Q&B has been the most fun?
Working with younger Q&B lawyers on pro bono cases, including two §1983 prisoner lawsuits.
What advice would you give to a law student?
Find an area of law you are genuinely enthused about. Be dedicated to and excellent at what you do, but don't neglect family and friends or fail to be a decent person.
What is your greatest professional success?
Not any single thing but hopefully being a good lawyer, a good person, and a good partner.
What class should you have taken in law school?
I actually took the class -- Administrative law -- but it was really, really dry. I probably should have paid more attention since administrative/regulatory law has become a significant part of my practice.
Who has given you the best advice about practicing law and what was that advice?
When I was a Q&B summer clerk in Milwaukee many years ago Bill Harbeck taught me not to give short shrift to a litigant's poorly outlined argument, but to restate it, first, clearly and fairly, and then show the court or decision-maker why it lacks any merit.
What makes you laugh?
Silly movies like Anchor Man, Caddyshack, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Revenge of the Nerds.
What is the best thing about Q&B?
The talent, energy and enthusiasm of our newest lawyers.
What do you do for fun?
Spend time with family and friends. Run. Read. Brew beer. Travel.
What is great about working in (your city)?
Madison has the advantages of a big city without some of the disadvantages. State government and a world-class University. A strong civic tradition, wonderful parks and lakes, great restaurant scene and farmer's market, and lots of concerts, festivals, arts offerings, etc. Something to do in every season.