Twelve of Quarles & Brady LLP’s associate attorneys have been admitted as partners as a result of superb performance and the promise of furthering the future for the firm and its clients. The new partners are in the firm’s Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Tampa offices.

The new Phoenix partners are:

  • Rowan P. Smith, who practices in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group with a focus on patent prosecution and counseling. He represents clients in many technology areas with a focus on those involving computer science and electrical engineering.
  • Cathleen T. Yu, who practices in the firm’s Business Law Practice Group. Her practice includes the representation of clients in corporate finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and business transactions in industries including health care, aviation, education, financial services, manufacturing, and biotechnology
  • Marian M. Zapata-Rossa, who practices in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. Her practice includes employment litigation defense and advising employers on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship with a focus on providing clients with business-oriented solutions to identify and mitigate risk.

Firm Managing Partner Fred Lautz, who supervises the partnership across the firm’s 10 nationwide locations from its founding office in Milwaukee said, “These new partners have exceptional legal skills and provide terrific, business-aware client service.  We are confident they will help Quarles & Brady grow and thrive well into the future.”

“All new partners must be outstanding representatives of the legal industry,” added Firm Chair Kimberly Leach Johnson. “As associates, they have done a superior job and we are certain they will continue their outstanding work as partners.”

The attorneys’ new status as partners became effective on October 1.