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Law runs in Eldridge family

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Despite having a lawyer for a father and an older brother who went to law school, Kevin Eldridge said he never felt pressured to practice law.

However, that option always was in the back of his mind, even as an undergraduate studying political science and business. Today, he specializes in health care information technology and its connection to laws regulating patient privacy.

“I think being an attorney was in the background the whole time, whether it was a plan that I knew about or not,” said Eldridge, an associate in Quarles & Brady’s Health Law Group since 2008.

Perhaps it was osmosis from growing up in a family with a lawyer. Or it could have been the hard work that allowed Eldridge to successfully dive into the complicated, highly regulated world of health law.

“Health law has a steep learning curve,” he said, “and I jumped into it right off the bat.”

As a new lawyer, Eldridge immersed himself in the subject, soaking up information from any publication he could find. He also credited Sarah Coyne, the partner heading up the Health Law Group, for giving him responsibility from the very beginning and the opportunity to figure things out on his own.

“For me,” Eldridge said, “that’s the way I learn best.”

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What was your worst law school course?

Constitutional Law; I never understood it.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what do you think you would have chosen as a career path?

I probably would have gone into business. I realize that’s broad, but it’s all I’ve got.

What is your favorite book?

Anything by Michael Crichton

Do you have any tattoos?

I don’t. I survived college without getting any.

What famous person would you most like to have a drink with?

Teddy Roosevelt

What trait do you most like in others?

Honesty. I like it when people are themselves and they are honest in their communications.

What is your most prized possession?

Probably my books

What is your favorite thing to do in Wisconsin?

Any sporting event: Badger football, hockey games, Packers games or Brewers games

What is the first concert you went to?

I’m not a big concertgoer. Sadly, it might be something I won a free ticket to — a Jewel concert in a mall parking lot. Man, that’s sad.

What is your motto?

It’s better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.


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