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In Memoriam: Former Firm Chair and Managing Partner Michael Spector

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady is saddened to announce the passing of its former chair and managing partner, Michael Spector. Mike joined the firm's Milwaukee office in 1966 and served as a dedicated member of its Executive Committee from 1976 to 2002, as chair of the Executive Committee from 1987 to 2002, and as managing partner from 1999 to 2002. His practice focused primarily on business counseling and general school law representation, including related litigation and collective bargaining.

Quarles & Brady achieved strong growth under Mike's leadership. He oversaw the firm's move into Chicago and also expanded its reach to Phoenix and Naples, setting the stage for the national footprint Quarles & Brady maintains today.

Mike also served as president emeritus of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, executive director of the United States Law Firm Group, Inc., and board member and member of the Audit and Facilities Committee of the Bradley Center Sports & Entertainment Corporation. He led a Marquette University Law School effort to address public policy issues related to Milwaukee public schools, and served as a Robert E. Boden Visiting Professor of Law at the university, as well as a board member and chair of the audit committee of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

"Mike Spector was the personification of all the great things Quarles & Brady strives to be," said current Quarles & Brady Chair Kimberly Leach Johnson. "He had a great influence on me personally, and his vision permeates many of the most important firmwide initiatives we carry out to this day."

"Not to be forgotten, Mike was, first and foremost, an incredibly talented lawyer," added Quarles & Brady Managing Partner Fred Lautz. "He was a strong presence and leader within the firm, known for his integrity and compassion. He was a trusted advisor, confidant, and personal friend to his clients. He served them—and this firm—admirably for many, many years, and he will be missed."

Mike was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Harvard Law School. He is survived by his wife, Joan, as well as the extended Spector family. A memorial service will be held in mid-November.

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