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John W. Daniels, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
France
Favorite Quote:
It Is Rough Out There.

Birthplace

Born:
6/11/1948
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
France
Favorite Quote:
It Is Rough Out There.

Birthplace

Born:
6/11/1948
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Noted corporate lawyer and civic leader John Windom Daniels, Jr. was born the second-oldest of eight children to John and Kathryn Townsel Daniels on June 11, 1948 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Daniels graduated from North Central College in Illinois with his B.A. degree in 1969 as the recipient of a National Science Foundation Fellowship. In 1970, at the age of twenty-one, Daniels became a Ford Foundation Fellow, and two years later, graduated from the University of Wisconsin with his M.S. degree.

Daniels then attended Harvard Law School, graduating with his J.D. degree in 1974. Soon after graduation, Daniels passed the bar exam, and began working for Quarles & Brady L.L.P., a full-service law firm with offices in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Madison, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois and Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. Daniels was the first African American hired by the firm. In 1980, Daniels was elected to the American College of Real Estate Attorneys. The following year, Daniels became partner at Quarles & Brady. In 1983, Daniels was appointed Bar Examiner of the Wisconsin Board of Professional Competency by Wisconsin’s governor. Daniels was named to the State of Wisconsin’s Strategic Planning Council in 1987, and the following year, the Wisconsin Supreme Court appointed him to the Children’s Hospital Foundation Review Committee for the Child Abuse Prevention Fund.

Daniels was listed as one of the best lawyers in America by Real Estate Law in 1993. In 1994, he became a partner and a member of the management committee of his firm. Daniels joined the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Board of Directors in 2004, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the United States. 2007 marked a new milestone for Daniels, as he became the first African American appointed to lead a major law firm in Wisconsin when he was named chairman and managing partner of Quarles & Brady L.L.P.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - John W. Daniels, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - John W. Daniels, Jr. talks about his mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - John W. Daniels, Jr. recalls his mother's role in the community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - John W. Daniels, Jr. recalls his father's educational background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - John W. Daniels, Jr. recalls his father's occupation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his parents' relationship and personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes the role of religion in his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - John W. Daniels, Jr. talks about the Church of God in Christ
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - John W. Daniels, Jr. remembers his early interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - John W. Daniels, Jr. talks about his leg disability
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - John W. Daniels, Jr. recalls his early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - John W. Daniels, Jr. talks about segregation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - John W. Daniels, Jr. remembers Custer High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - John W. Daniels, Jr. remembers his introduction to civil rights activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - John W. Daniels, Jr. recalls his high school homecoming
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - John W. Daniels, Jr. remembers joining the National Honors Society
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - John W. Daniels, Jr. talks the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - John W. Daniels, Jr. remembers North Central College in Naperville, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his friends at North Central College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - John W. Daniels, Jr. recalls a talented classmate at North Central College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his decision to attend Harvard Law School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his decision to attend Harvard Law School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - John W. Daniels, Jr. recalls his initial impressions of Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his experiences at Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - John W. Daniels, Jr. recalls his wife's work in the Boston public schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - John W. Daniels, Jr. remembers his role at the American Bar Association Law Student Division
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - John W. Daniels, Jr. recalls his mentors at Harvard Law School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - John W. Daniels, Jr. recalls his mentors at Harvard Law School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - John W. Daniels, Jr. reflects upon his experiences at Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - John W. Daniels, Jr. recalls being recruited to law firms, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - John W. Daniels, Jr. recalls being recruited to law firms, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - John W. Daniels, Jr. recalls joining the law firm of Quarles and Brady LLP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his projects at Quarles and Brady LLP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - John W. Daniels, Jr. talks about the law firm of Quarles and Brady LLP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his role as chairman of Quarles and Brady LLP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - John W. Daniels, Jr. reflects upon his chairmanship of Quarles and Brady LLP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his legal philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - John W. Daniels, Jr. talks about his civic duties as a lawyer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - John W. Daniels, Jr. talks about his relationship with T. Michael Bolger
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his restaurant franchise business, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his restaurant franchise business, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - John W. Daniels, Jr. talks about the Fellowship Open
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - John W. Daniels, Jr. talks about his organizational involvement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - John W. Daniels, Jr. reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - John W. Daniels, Jr. talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - John W. Daniels, Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes his advice to young lawyers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - John W. Daniels, Jr. describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - John W. Daniels, Jr. narrates his photographs