Quarles & Brady names new managing partner

Special to The Freeman

March 10, 2014


Kathryn M. Buono  
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MILWAUKEE – Quarles & Brady on Monday said that Kathryn M. Buono has been named the new managing partner of the firm’s flagship Milwaukee office.

Buono, an attorney who specialized in mergers and private-equity investments, previously led the law firm’s mergers and acquisitions team and served as a member of the firm’s governing executive committee.

Buono's term began March 7. Ann M. Murphy, who led the office for 12 years, will continue her practice in commercial lending and public finance full-time.

“I am delighted that Kathie has agreed to serve Quarles as Milwaukee office managing partner,” said firm chair Kimberly Leach Johnson. “She has been a model of exceptional service to our clients and the community throughout her years here, and we look forward to her applying those same values as she succeeds Ann Murphy, who has served the firm with distinction in that role.”

Buono litigated commercial disputes for the first four years of her career, according to a company statement. She earned her law degree from Marquette University Law School and was class valedictorian.

“It is an incredible honor to be named as the managing partner of the Milwaukee office,” Buono said. “I look forward to working with the Milwaukee team, to sustain and grow the success we’ve enjoyed, both as an individual office and as part of our national network of legal service providers.”

The Milwaukee office is one of eight major U.S. Quarles & Brady offices in the U.S. The firm’s other offices are in Madison; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; and Naples and Tampa, Fla.