John W. Daniels Jr. is Chairman Emeritus of the national law fi rm of Quarles & Brady. As an active leader of business and civic change, he transformed the fi rm while also establishing a legacy for the legal profession and his community. A Harvard Law graduate, John began his career at Quarles and rose to the position of chair through his natural leadership and his astute real estate and business acumen.
John has been recognized as the first African- American attorney in a major law firm to move from an entry associate to chairman. He was the first African-American president of the prestigious American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and he founded the African-American Managing Partners Network to share ways the legal profession can become more inclusive.
John’s impact is evident, from the urban Milwaukee revitalization projects he helped navigate to the Boys & Girls Club that bears his name to the annual Fellowship Open Golf Tournament he founded and hosts, which has donated over $2 million to 100 youth organizations. The ABA Legal Opportunity Fund, created in John’s honor, has granted scholarships to 350 incoming diverse law students.