Jeffrey O. Davis - Quarles & Brady LLP

Jeffrey O. Davis

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 414-277-5317

Jeffrey Davis practices in the area of commercial and appellate litigation. His practice has a particular substantive focus on insurance coverage litigation, and he is the current chair of the Firm’s insurance recovery practice. He also has substantial experience and an ongoing practice in unfair competition litigation, such as employee non-compete and trade secrets cases. Mr. Davis’ experiences and achievements in the past several years have included:

  • Represented the insured in Plastics Engineering v. Liberty Mutual, 759 N.W.2d 613, 2009 WI 13, Wis., January 29, 2009 (NO. 2008AP333-CQ) in which following certification from the Seventh Circuit, the Wisconsin Supreme Court adopted an “all sums” allocation method and multiple occurrence theory, thereby allowing insureds to receive full defense and indemnity for “long tailed” or “progressive” injury claims. 

  • Represented the insured in Johnson Controls v. Employers Insurance of Wausau, 2003 WI 108, 264 Wis.2d 60, 665 N.W.2d 257 in which the Wisconsin Supreme Court overruled City of Edgerton v. General Casualty Co., thereby allowing insurance coverage for environmental liability.

  • Represented the insured in Mikula v. Miller Brewing Co., 281 Wis.2d 712, 701 N.W.2d 613, 2005 WI App. 92 in which the appellate court established coverage for a premises owner for claims of its own alleged negligence under an “additional insured” endorsement.

  • Represented the insured in Miller Brewing Co. v. ACE U.S. Holdings, 391 F.Supp.2d 735 (E.D. Wis. 2005) in which the court denied the insurers’ motion to change venue to a more insurer-friendly forum despite an earlier filed action in such forum.

  • Obtained substantial judgment for major manufacturing client in breach of contract action following three-day bench trial. 

  • Obtained summary judgments for various insured manufacturer clients in several multi-million dollar coverage disputes involving numerous commercial general liability policy issues arising out of asbestos and other products cases. 

  • Represented Harley-Davidson in Tietsworth v. Harley-Davidson 270 Wis.2d 146, 677 N.W.2d 233, 53 UCC Rep.Serv.2d 721, 2004 WI 32, Wis., March 26, 2004 (NO. 02-1034), wherein the Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals in a class action suit seeking damages based on a product’s “propensity to fail.” 

  • Lead counsel in three week jury trial in Waukesha County Circuit Court in a real estate dispute that concluded in a favorable settlement at the end of trial. 

  • Represented employers and employees in numerous contested restraining order and injunction hearings involving covenants not to compete and trade secret claims. 

  • Implemented employee covenant not to compete and trade secret protection programs for major corporate clients.

Miami University, Oxford, OhioBS The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of LawJ.D.
Milwaukee Bar Association American Bar Association

Case History

Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1992 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1988 
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1988 
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1988 

Office Location

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

Practice Areas

Insurance Law