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John W. Daniels, Jr. Recognized for Civic and Legal Prominence
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Aug. 27, 2015) — John W. Daniels, Jr., Chairman Emeritus of Quarles & Brady, a national law firm, has recently been honored for both his civic and legal leadership and his impact on corporate law. Daniels was selected by LawDragon, the leading legal periodical of attorneys, as one of the premier 500 lawyers in the United States. This rare recognition was done in testament to Daniels’ career as a corporate and real estate lawyer. Daniels, among other things, served as the first diverse national president of the prestigious American College of a Real Estate Lawyers. He and Ben Wilson, the chairman Beveridge & Diamond, instituted a national effort with major law firms and general counsel to significantly increase diversity in corporate legal engagements. A national Network of the finest African-American lawyers has been created, including experts in the most complicated legal areas. This is an unprecedented effort in the United States.
In addition, Daniels, the chairman of V&J Foods, one of largest family owned African-American companies in the U.S., was named Mr. Executive as part of the business Hall of Fame initiative in 2015. This recognition was extended because of his impact on growing and developing business enterprises. Daniels is a Harvard Law graduate and the chairman of Aurora Health Care, Inc. the largest health system in Wisconsin with revenues exceeding $4.5 billion.
About Quarles & Brady LLP
Quarles & Brady is a full-service AmLaw 200 firm with more than 475 attorneys offering an array of legal services to corporate and individual clients that range from small entrepreneurial businesses to Fortune 100 companies, with practice focuses in health care and life sciences, business law, labor and employment, real estate, data privacy and security, and complex litigation. The firm has offices in Chicago; Indianapolis; Madison; Milwaukee; Naples, Florida; Phoenix; Scottsdale; Tampa; Tucson; and Washington, D.C. Additional information can be found online at quarles.com, as well as on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that its chairman, John W. Daniels Jr., received the 2013 “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” from the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA). The award was presented at the 35th Annual Conference & Exposition on Wednesday, September 11 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.
The conference attracts more than 8,000 participants and 450 corporate executives.
The “Entrepreneur of the Year” award honors business leaders who own and lead businesses that service and supports the enrichment of the African- American community on a local, regional or national level; demonstrate visionary leadership within their organization or the broader community; hold a high standard of personal and organizational ethics; demonstrate creativity and innovation by successfully identifying and addressing core business issues; and create innovative solutions in their field.
Past award recipients include Earvin “Magic” Johnson, president, of Magic Johnson Enterprises; Daymond John, president and CEO of FUBU, also known for his appearance on the ABC reality television series Shark Tank; and, Earl Graves, Sr. CEO of Earl G. Graves Ltd., and publisher of Black Enterprise magazine.
“I am honored to be recognized by the National Black MBA Association,” said Daniels, a Harvard Law graduate and trusted business adviser to large corporate entities. “It is truly satisfying to be counted among such brilliant and accomplished people, who have set such high standards within the business community.”
Leach Johnson will become the first woman to chair the firm and the first chair who is not based at the downtown Milwaukee headquarters at 411 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Johnson will succeed John Daniels Jr. effective Oct. 1. Daniels will serve as chairman emeritus and will provide strategic counseling to business clients with an emphasis on financial services, health care and mid-market growth entities.
During Daniels’ term as chairman, Quarles & Brady has been expanding its offices in Washington, D.C., Tampa and elsewhere. The firm has eight offices in the United States and an office in Shanghai, China.
Leach Johnson practices law in trusts and estates. She has extensive experience representing families in the planning of their estates and the handling of affairs after deaths of family members, the firm said.
The selection of Leach Johnson as chair makes Quarles & Brady one of only six American Lawyer 200 firms with a woman as chair, the firm said.
Leach Johnson most recently chaired the firm’s finance committee and formerly was managing partner of Quarles & Brady’s Naples and Tampa offices. She also serves as a member of the firm’s elected executive committee.
Quarles & Brady is pleased to announce that its Chairman John W. Daniels, Jr. received the prestigious Presidential Legacy Award from the National Bar Association. The Presidential Legacy Award is bestowed to individuals for exceptional achievements in civic, entrepreneurial or professional endeavors. Mr. Daniels joins recipients such as the Tuskegee Airmen in receiving the honor.
A Harvard Law School graduate, Mr. Daniels received the award during a ceremony at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
On Wednesday, September 5 the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP hosted a luncheon at the Omni Charlotte Hotel during the Democratic National Convention, at which the Honorable Arne Duncan addressed more than 250 delegates, legislators and business leaders on the “The United States Education System and its Impact on Global Competitiveness.”
“It was a great honor to hear the perspectives of an authority on education like Mr. Duncan,” said Quarles & Brady Chairman John W. Daniels, Jr. “Ensuring a future of real opportunities for our youth is a central feature of Quarles’ community service mission, so his remarks were extremely interesting and helpful.”
“Arne Duncan’s contributions to the success of the Obama administration cannot be underestimated,” added Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul, who has recently joined the Labor & Employment Practice Group at Quarles & Brady. “His vision for the future of America’s educational system, embodied in his ‘Race to the Top’ competition, is a powerful and positive example of the president’s progressive agenda.”