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Quarles Appoints Maggie Utterback as Madison Office Managing Partner

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Madison — Quarles & Brady LLP announced today that Maggie Utterback has been named Madison office managing partner.

Utterback, a partner in the Business Law Practice Group and a member of the firm’s governing executive committee, succeeds Ave Bie, who retired at the end of December and is joining the WEC Energy Group Board of Directors.

A member of the Quarles team in Madison since beginning her legal career, Utterback counsels tax-exempt organizations in the health care, higher education, senior living and other sectors on an array of complex transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions and financings. She also serves as outside general counsel for companies ranging from manufacturers to tax-exempt organizations. In addition, Utterback advises automotive manufacturers and other clients on matters including M&A, dealer programs and commercial contracts.

“We are fortunate to have someone as smart, talented and caring as Maggie to lead our Madison office,” said Mike Aldana, firm managing partner and chair of the executive committee. “She consistently sets an example of what it means to be dedicated to the success of her clients and colleagues alike. We are very appreciative to Ave for her many contributions over nearly two decades with the firm.”

Utterback has repeatedly been recognized for her outstanding legal work, including being selected by Best Lawyers as 2022 Madison Corporate Compliance Law "Lawyer of the Year” and 2020 Madison Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year," as well as listed in Chambers USA (Banking & Finance) each year since 2016. She is active in the Madison community, including serving on the board of Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin, and formerly on the board of the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin – Badgerland Council and the Children’s Theater of Madison.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead our incredibly talented team of attorneys and business professionals in Madison,” said Utterback. “We have grown steadily over the past several years and I look forward to helping the team continue to build long-term relationships with our clients by consistently exceeding their expectations.”

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, Utterback earned her undergraduate degree from the U.S. Naval Academy.


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