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About Keith

Trial-tested advocacy for businesses and beneficiaries

Keith Bruett is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer who represents businesses and individuals in disputes throughout the United States. As a trusted advisor to his clients, Keith collaborates closely with them to develop detailed knowledge of the facts of a case so he can develop legal solutions in alignment with both their business and legal objectives. Keith focuses on:

  • Professional liability matters, including defense of actuaries, insurance brokers and lawyers against allegations of malpractice
  • Insurance coverage disputes, negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of insureds when possible and going to court when necessary
  • Trust and estate disputes

Keith attributes his deep understanding of clients needs to his role as general counsel of Quarles, where he is the client and hires outside legal professionals. Bringing this perspective to his own clients, he focuses on providing clear recommendations and solving legal problems efficiently.

Experience in Action

  • Providing counsel to commercial policyholders in coverage disputes involving general liability, property, directors and officers liability (D&O), and errors and omissions (E&O) insurance policies.
  • Advising actuaries, insurance brokers and lawyers on professional liability issues and disputes.
  • Representing beneficiaries as well as trustees in disputes and litigation concerning trusts and estates.


  • Secured a complete defense jury verdict in a $15 million actuarial malpractice lawsuit.
  • Resolved a $500 million estate dispute, representing beneficiaries.
  • Plaintiff’s jury verdict awarding title in a land dispute.
  • Defense jury verdict in a $25 million insurance broker malpractice lawsuit.
  • Defense arbitration decision in a $10 million dollar insurance broker malpractice case.

Professional Recognitions

  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers® (2023: Professional Liability: Defense)
  • Chambers USA® (2020-present: Litigation: General Commercial)
  • Best Lawyers in America® (2013–present: Commercial Litigation)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers® "Rising Stars" (2007-2011: Insurance Coverage; Professional Liability: Defense)

Professional & Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, member
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, member
  • American Bar Association, member
  • Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, member
  • Quarles & Brady DEI Committee, representative
  • ABA's Professional Liability Litigation Committee, member of leadership team
  • Quarles & Brady Law School Recruiting Committee, past chair
  • Quarles & Brady Professional Liability Litigation Practice, past chair
  • Quarles & Brady Insurance Recovery Practice, past chair
  • Insurance Committee of the Professional Liability Defense Federation, past chair

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