James D. Friedman - Quarles & Brady LLP

James D. Friedman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 414-277-5735

For more than 40 years, Mr. Friedman has counseled clients in challenging business matters. Whether the client is a multi-billion dollar publicly owned bank holding company or a local community bank, a billion dollar family owned business, an NFL quarterback, a banking trade association or an internationally famous racetrack, all have turned to him for legal advice. He has represented clients with diverse businesses including a nationally recognized healthcare system, the independent directors of a Major League Baseball franchise, a German auto parts manufacturer, an educational opportunity foundation and one of America's most recognized Universities, to name a few. 

His in-depth knowledge of the banking industry and his creative approach to practice have resulted in several first of a kind transactions for bank clients. His experience also allows him to assemble teams of practitioners to efficiently and successfully handle business litigation, securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment, tax, employee benefits and other legal matters. He is frequently called upon by reporters as a knowledge resource for comment on industry news, such as a recent article in the Chicago Tribune. 

As Chair of the Quarles & Brady Financial Institutions Team and a Director, and member of the Executive and Audit Committees of the Wisconsin Association of Manufacturers and Commerce, he understands the increasingly important role directors play in corporate governance. He has represented boards and individual directors in extremely challenging matters - guiding them through the sale of an MLB franchise, extricating them from government regulatory enforcement actions, securities class actions and helping them to understand new and complex rules under legislation like Dodd-Frank. 

Generally, his practice includes the representation of: 

  • Financial institutions of all types and sizes and their holding companies, in all aspects of their business, including regulatory, merger and acquisition, corporate and securities matters.

  • Manufacturers, service businesses and health care providers in a full array of corporate, transactional and international matters.

  • Businesses, boards of directors and independent directors or committees of directors in corporate governance, audit or transactional matters.

Marquette UniversityAB 1969University of Notre Dame Law SchoolJ.D. 1972
Concours Motors, Inc.Wisconsin Association of Manufacturers and CommerceWeyenberg Public Library Foundation, Inc.Partners Advancing Values in Education, Inc.

Case History

Court Admissions
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1997 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1989 
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1976 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1973 

Office Location

411 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 2400
Milwaukee, WI 53202-4426
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the Milwaukee Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Financial Services Regulation Law of the Milwaukee Metro Area
James D. Friedman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!James D. Friedman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law (Banking Operations, Corporate Governance, Executive Compensation, Financial Institutions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Regulatory)
Financial Services Regulation Law
Litigation - Banking and Finance