Candidate for Secretary
Matthew J. Duchemin
Quarles & Brady LLP, Madison
Email: com matthew.duchemin quarles quarles matthew.duchemin com
I would be honored to serve as Secretary of the State Bar of Wisconsin. With more than 24,000 members from 72 counties, the State Bar serves a diverse membership with wide ranging, and often diverging, economic, political, and social interests. However, we all share an interest in having a State Bar that manages our dues in an efficient and effective way to promote the purposes mandated by SCR 10.02(2). To that end, my duties as Secretary would be to work closely with the Executive Director and the administrative staff to ensure the minutes and records are well kept, the membership files are maintained, and the headquarters are well-run. My professional experience is well suited for these duties.
In private practice, I am responsible for managing complex commercial and intellectual property litigation, and I have led my practice group’s Client Matter Management initiative designed to implement legal project management tools to efficiently and consistently deliver value to our clients. I also serve as Secretary for the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association, and as a member of the Board of Directors for Child Development, Inc., a nonprofit public-private partnership with a mission to provide affordable, high-quality child care to families with young children of varying backgrounds on the south side of Madison. From the courtroom to the community, I work collegially with friends and colleagues to promote the interests of justice. I would welcome the opportunity to do the same as Secretary of the State Bar.
Matthew J. Duchemin is a partner with the law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP, where his practice focuses on complex commercial and intellectual property disputes involving patents, trade secrets, and business management, ownership and control issues. He practices regularly in State and Federal courts, and has argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Matt grew up in Eau Claire as the son of a criminal defense and family lawyer. He received a B.A. in economics from the University of Notre Dame in 1996, and a J.D. with honors from Marquette University in 1999, where he served as Managing Editor of the Marquette Law Review. Matt currently practices law in Madison where he resides with his wife and two children. Prior to moving to Madison, Matt practiced law in Milwaukee.
Outside of his practice, Matt serves as the Secretary of the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Child Development, Inc., a nonprofit public-private partnership with a mission to provide affordable, high quality child care to families with young children of varying backgrounds on the south side of Madison. Matt spends any remaining free time coaching youth hockey, watching little league games, and watching gymnastics and dance classes.