2016 Badger of the Year: John W. Daniels, Jr. MS‘72

John W. Daniels, Jr. MS‘72John W. Daniels, Jr., chairman emeritus of the law firm of Quarles & Brady, was recently honored as our Chapter’s “2016 Badger of the Year.”  A well deserving recipient, his legal leadership at Quarles & Brady has resulted in some of most complicated real estate transactions, all while serving as chairman of the firm.  He was credited by national authorities with acceleration of the firm’s national growth.

John is a lifelong supporter of education, particularly for youngsters in urban areas.  He is a graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools and after receiving a graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1972, and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1974, he returned to Milwaukee.  He developed a career as one of the most prominent real estate lawyers in the country. He served in numerous community roles, including chairman of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and chairman of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. John pioneered other initiatives seldom seen in urban communities. He is the founder of the Fellowship Open which has raised in excess of $1 million to help youngsters pursue careers in business. This event has been nationally acclaimed both for its impact on youngsters and its uniqueness in terms of providing corporate diversity. It is supported by many of Wisconsin’s leading corporations.

John has also spearheaded initiatives to encourage higher education for youngsters from Milwaukee urban areas. Not only did he serve on the board of directors of Clark Atlanta University but he spearheaded the Morehouse College initiative credited with bringing more youngsters from Milwaukee to Morehouse than in the history of the college. This initiative includes not only scholarship assistance but professional development of students as interns in Milwaukee during the summer. It has been described as one of the nation’s model initiatives.

John and his wife, Irma, have two children-John III and Inez, and a grandson, John IV.  Congratulations John!