In 2014, employees of a California McDonald’s franchise sued both the franchisee and McDonald’s Corp. for labor violations alleging that, as joint employers, the franchisee and McDonald’s had failed to pay overtime, keep accurate pay records and reimburse workers for time spent cleaning uniforms. In late 2015, the franchisee settled with the workers for $700,000, leaving McDonald’s Corp. as the lone defendant in the case. During the case, the court had ruled that McDonald’s was not a joint employer, but that McDonald’s could be liable under the doctrine of ostensible (or apparent) agency, under which the workers must prove that they reasonably believed McDonald’s was their employer because, for example, they wore McDonald’s uniforms, served McDonald’s food in McDonald’s packaging, and received paystubs and orientation materials marked with McDonald’s name and logo. Few franchisee employees have prevailed on similar apparent agency claims. Continue Reading
Quarles & Brady supports our U.S. clients going abroad and our foreign-based clients in the United States. Examples include establishing a business relationship in China; selling into Latin America; sourcing components from a European supplier; entering into new international distribution, sales agency, or technology licensing agreements; acquiring an ownership interest in a foreign company or joint venture; start-up and ongoing legal support to a U.S. business for a foreign-based client; and obtaining U.S. work visas for foreign nationals. Quarles & Brady deals with these and many other international issues for both large and small businesses.
Not surprisingly, our clients’ concerns often extend beyond these specialties. As a full-service, national firm, Quarles & Brady is able to provide coordinated legal counsel and services pertaining to virtually any matters that may affect, or result from, a business need or initiative. Close relationships between the business law team and other specialties at the firm help clients avoid redundancies, inefficiencies, and conflicts among specialists.
Safe & Sound
On September 28, 2018 California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the first law in the United States governing the security of connected devices, set to take effect on January 1, 2020. The law places a burden on manufacturers of so-called “connected devices” to determine if changes to their security measures are required. The law applies to a broad range of “connected devices” and necessitates “reasonable” security. Quarles & Brady is working with manufacturers to determine whether products are covered and the “reasonableness” of security measures relative to the new law. Only a little over a year is provided to make any necessary security changes to products.
About Quarles & Brady
Quarles & Brady is a multidisciplinary AmLaw 200 legal services provider with about 500 attorneys practicing at the top of the profession in Chicago, Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Naples, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tampa, Tucson, and Washington, D.C. Our national presence allows us to draw upon a group of highly skilled attorneys from all across the country to ensure the right people are working on our clients' matters. We have extensive experience working with the full industrial gamut, from cutting-edge technology to traditional manufacturing, and we have developed an extensive network of relationships with international legal counsel around the world, allowing us to effectively handle important matters for our clients on a global scale.
Our 10-week summer program is designed to show you what the practice of law is really like and allows you to meet our people. Our summer program is also designed to convince you that we are the place for you. By happy coincidence (or maybe it’s no coincidence!), once you see what practicing law as a Quarles & Brady lawyer is like, and once you meet our wonderful people, you will be convinced.
Quarles & Brady's Professional Liability Team has extensive expertise and experience litigating complicated claims brought against accountants, actuaries, attorneys, insurance brokers, trustees, and other professionals in the worlds of business, finance, and the law. Quarles & Brady aggressively serves the litigation needs of professionals, including (1) providing insightful and comprehensive pre-dispute investigation services to help our clients avoid litigation where possible; (2) identifying and working with nationally known experts to develop persuasive expert testimony; and (3) preparing winning trial strategies, including state-of-the-art graphics and trial presentation materials, to assist our experienced and aggressive trial attorneys in best presenting our clients' often complex cases in court.
Our Appellate Practice Group serves most any client involved in litigation of any sort, whether in state or federal court or before an administrative tribunal. In recent years, we have represented clients in, among other matters, appeals relating to bankruptcy and secured lending, contract disputes between businesses, employment and labor law, environmental law, federal taxation, intellectual property, product liability, and trusts & estates. Our experience is national, with particular depth in the courts of Arizona, Illinois, and Wisconsin as well as the Seventh and Ninth Circuits. Our resources include 23 attorneys who have clerked for appellate judges at the federal and state level.
Quarles & Brady LLP is nationally ranked in 32 practice areas and regionally ranked in 126 practice areas. The U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.Read how we rank firms.
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Quarles & Brady's robust, national tax practice encompasses all areas of federal, state, and local taxes. Our accurate advice, attention to detail, and awareness of new developments create value for the full range of our clients, from small startups to industry-leading global entities. Because we recognize the pitfalls of letting tax considerations alone drive a transaction, our philosophy is to keep tax issues in perspective and help further our clients' overall business objectives.
Grant Sovern practices in the area of immigration law and is chair of Quarles & Brady's national immigration practice. His area of concentration is employment immigration for employers and employees, specifically non-immigrant visas such as the H-1B, L-1, O-1, TN, and immigrant visas (permanent residence) through employment means such as outstanding researcher, extraordinary ability, and labor certification. He counsels companies on developing, maintaining, and defending immigration compliance programs.
Our philosophy of legal practice requires us to partner closely with our clients and help them meet all of their immigration-related needs, even those in which we are not directly involved as legal representatives. We train constantly to remain abreast of industry knowledge, recognizing that to provide proper legal services demands more than comprehension of immigration law. We involve ourselves fully in our clients’ individual programs and policies in order to fully understand their needs, and we spend time educating them on salient matters in order to minimize the need for additional representation. And thanks to our strong network of offices across the United States, we are well positioned to serve clients anywhere, with the strength and capabilities of the largest firms in the country but without their common dispassion or commonly problematic rate structures.
Careers at Quarles & Brady
Quarles & Brady is a stellar place to start and sustain your legal career. While the term “culture” is bantered about loosely in law firms, we truly have a unique and wonderful culture, especially for a firm of our size. We work hard on interesting and challenging issues and we are aware of the real life demands on our people. Our expectations are reasonable and flexible, and we provide the orientation, support, training, mentoring, resources and guidance needed to help you shine.
We understand that there are many great lawyers and law firms out there, and delivering peak performance is merely the baseline. Similarly, we are every bit as committed to helping our clients manage their legal costs as anyone in the industry. What differentiates us, however, is how our relationships with clients extend beyond winning and operating efficiently — we make it a point to know each of our clients as though they were each our only client. Your company culture, your vision and values, your products and services, the mission you fulfill, the many issues that matter most to you: These factors are as important to effective, efficient legal representation as our outstanding legal capabilities. When we work for you, we consider ourselves an extension of your legal department. Your best interests are our best interests, and we strive to demonstrate that in every matter with which you entrust us.
The Product Liability, Toxic Tort and Personal Injury Litigation Team is comprised of experienced trial lawyers who have successfully handled cases in virtually all states and numerous federal courts across the country. We have represented a broad range of manufacturers, distributors, lessors, insurers, and others in both straightforward and complex cases that run the gamut of product liability, toxic tort, class action, and breach of warranty matters and that involve products of all types. Here is a short list of the types of products with which we have been involved: