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About Jeff

Transactional execution, strategic advising, resourcing

Jeff Peelen practices in the areas of public finance and project finance, with his team assisting clients on transactions across the country. Jeff also is an experienced, recognized leader within the firm and uses his knowledge of the talent and resources of the Quarles platform to assist clients of all kinds by connecting them to the Quarles lawyers and industry resources best suited to help drive their success. He focuses on:

  • Serving as underwriter's counsel and disclosure counsel on financings across the country.
  • Assisting on project finance transactions, with an emphasis on clean energy projects, by coordinating resources to address related securities law, tax and tax credit, construction, real estate and offtake matters.
  • Connecting clients to Quarles lawyers and industry resources for all manner of clients in wide-ranging industries, including financial services, renewable energy, health care and automotive.
  • Building meaningful client relationships, including by assembling dedicated client service teams, developing fixed fee and alternative fee structures, and delivering continuing education and other learning opportunities.

Jeff joined the firm in 1998 and has held numerous leadership positions within the firm, from leading the firm's growth strategy in the aftermath of the Great Recession, to re-envisioning the role and function of the firm's national practice groups, to serving on the firm's governing Executive Committee. These experiences provide Jeff with detailed knowledge of the talent and resources of the Quarles platform, making him an excellent counselor, strategist and client relationship lawyer.

Jeff is national chair of the Public Finance Practice Group.

Experience in Action

  • Representing broker-dealer underwriters and placement agents in public finance and project finance transactions across the country.
  • Coordinating resources for assisting securities dealers in investigations, enforcement actions, arbitrations and litigation.
  • Assisting bankers and their supervisors in identifying opportunities and assessing legal risks relating to existing and emerging deal types and credit structures.
  • Assisting the legal and compliance departments of financial services industry clients in the development of written supervisory procedures and credit committee and diligence procedures.
  • Building client service teams and connecting Quarles lawyers and industry resources to clients in the financial services, renewable energy, health care and automotive sectors.


  • Counseled Fifth Third Securities Inc. as the underwriter on $120 million in bonds that were issued through the Illinois Finance Authority to finance Argonne National Laboratory’s Theory and Computing Sciences Building. The facility is home to the Aurora supercomputer, which is targeted to be the fastest computer in the U.S.

Professional Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2023, 2024: Government Relations Practice, Public Finance Law)
  • Wisconsin Law Journal "Leaders in the Law" (2022)
  • Best Lawyers in America® "Lawyer of the Year" (2021, 2024: Public Finance Law)

Professional & Civic Activities

  • United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, board of directors (2018-present)
  • Quarles & Brady, Executive Committee (2014-2018)
  • Quarles & Brady Transactional Practices Section, chair (2015-2018)
  • Spire Fitness, co-owner

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