Partner and Firm Chair, Quarles & Brady LLP


Kimberly Johnson’s practice focuses on trusts and estates. In addition to serving as chair, she heads the firm’s finance committee and serves on the diversity committee.

“Our diversity programming is calculated to eliminate inequalities so that we can all be equally successful," Kimberly said in an interview with Inside Counsel. "But we do it because it’s in our firm’s DNA, and that has allowed us to move beyond 'diversity, good' and to the point of 'diversity, of course.'"

In keeping with Kimberly’s philosophy, Quarles & Brady has many diversity initiatives, from their Women in Leadership Program to minority scholarships  to a diversity blog written by attorneys at their many offices. The firm has been recognized by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum and MultiCultural Law magazine. Quarles & Brady was named an LCLD Most Active Member Law Firm in 2014 and 2016. 

Follow Kimberly on Twitter: @Quarles_Chair

Joined LCLD 2009

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Hosted Leadership Lunch (2013)
Fellows nominated:
2017: Jaya F. White; 2016: Valerie P. Vidal; 2015: Christian G. Stahl; 2014: Hector Joseph Diaz; 2013: Dawn C. Valdivia; 2012: Steven V. Hunter; 2011: Edward A. Salanga

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected: 
2017: Nicolas H. Meza; 2016: Louis A. Klapp; 2015: William Walden 

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2017: Martin Childs IV, Madeline Cordray, Benjamin Lockwood, Suhani Mehrota, Jordan Schettle; 2016: Shanan Essick, Yalda Godusi, Paige Grenne, Ally Nicol, Sydney VanBerg; 2015: Margo Casselman, Jerome Mohsen, Tracy Reyes, Symone Shinton, Ken Yandell; 2014: Sean Fernandes, David Hedges; 2013: Anne-Louise Mittal, An Nguyen; 2012: Sharunda Owens, Joshua Proper, Travis Romero-Boeck

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2015 

Annual Meeting (2016, 2015, 2014)
Leadership Summit (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)


Member: Kimberly Johnson

Diversity Professionals: John W. Daniels, Jr., Darlene Austin

Communications: Julie Cole