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Krueger marks time with technology

Susan Krueger - legal secretary, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee

Susan Krueger – legal secretary, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee

Sue Krueger traces her career by thinking about the types of technology she used.

At her first job with a law firm in 1975, she used a typewriter, carbon paper and erasers. No one was allowed to touch the coveted “copy machine,” she said.

“I remember working at Bucyrus Erie in 1979, and the computers were on the sixth floor, where no one was permitted, and each was as large as a refrigerator with these huge reels,” she said. “Then along came the IBM Mag Card, the Memory typewriter and then the ease of computers.

“Although you adjust to their speed, and then on some days complain that the programs are slow, all I have to do is think back to the old carbon paper and eraser days, and things get back into perspective rather quickly.”

Krueger, who started at Quarles & Brady in 1997, is a legal assistant for Nicole Druckrey, a commercial litigation attorney who calls Krueger “the gold standard of legal assistants” and praised the work she does for the domestic-abuse clients the firm represents pro bono.

“Sue often makes the first contact with the client and interviews them to reduce the preparation time I need to spend on each case,” Druckrey said. “She serves as a source of comfort for these clients as they go through a very difficult time.”

The best part of her job, Krueger said, is that she enjoys it.

“I look forward to coming to work every day and don’t live for Fridays,” she said. “You should love what you do for a living, and I do.”

Krueger said she plans to work for many more years and hopes to be there to experience whatever technological changes might be on the way.

“I am looking forward to being a part of new developments and progress,” she said.

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