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MILWAUKEE, WI (March 19, 2009) — The national law firm of Quarles & Brady is pleased to announce that Chairman John W. Daniels Jr. will be inducted into the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) Hall of Fame at its 2009 Annual National Convention Awards Gala on Saturday, March 21, 2009.
Daniels will be honored for his commitment to justice and remarkable achievements that have opened doors for minority legal professionals. He joins a select list of legal experts who have been designated by NBLSA. “Mr. Daniels’ civic commitment is highly revered,” said NBLSA National Chair Wintta Woldemariam. “NBLSA is honored to recognize the achievements of a distinguished NBLSA alumnus.”
Daniels, who in 2007 became the first African-American to head an AmLaw 200 law firm, is recognized for his legal trailblazing activities and civic affairs. Daniels has handled some of the most sophisticated real estate transactions in the United States representing lenders, investors and developers. He previously served as the national secretary of the American Bar Association Real Property Section and the national president of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He is a 1974 graduate of Harvard Law School and served as the President of the Harvard BLSA more than 30 years ago.
Daniels serves on a number of civic and corporate boards and founded the Fellowship Open golf tournament, which provides resources for activities designed to help youth in urban areas. In 2004, he was honored for his work with youngsters with the naming of a Boys and Girls Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which now is the largest Boys and Girls Club in the State of Wisconsin.
The Hall of Fame recognition is one of numerous awards Daniels has received during his legal career. Recent honors and awards include: 2008 Leadership Award, National Bar Association; named one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America, The National Law Journal; named as one of the 100 Managing Partners You Need to Know, Lawdragon.
At Quarles & Brady, he has concentrated on creating an environment focused on client-centric service which has, as one of its fundamental premises, that even skilled lawyers need to better understand the business needs and complexities of their clients. He has also been in the forefront of redefining the delivery of legal services with a non-hierarchical process, where everyone in the 1,000-person Quarles & Brady organization is involved with implementation of a business plan to serve the clients.
He is married to Irma Daniels and has two adult children.
The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), founded in 1968, is a national organization formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of black law students and effectuate change in the legal community. As the largest student-run organization in the United States with over 6,000 members, NBLSA is also comprised of chapters or affiliates in six different countries including The Bahamas, Nigeria, and South Africa.
Quarles & Brady LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 450 attorneys practicing from offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Chicago, Illinois; Naples, Florida.; and Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin. The Firm offers an array of legal services to corporate and individual clients that range from small entrepreneurial businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Additional information about the firm may be found at http://www.quarles.com.