Joan Zweber has spent 40 years at Quarles & Brady LLP guided by the philosophy that she should “always add value.”
Zweber began her career at the Milwaukee firm at the age of 20 when she was hired as a mail clerk. At the time, Quarles & Brady had combined two law firms into one but still was maintaining two offices in the 700 block of Water Street. It was difficult, she said, to coordinate everything, but she made it work.
After several years, she took over management of the firm’s on-site print shop and the combined messenger, mail center, fax center and print shop areas.
“Every day has its challenges,” Zweber said, “and some days can be way bigger than others.”
In addition to the juggling Zweber does to keep the office running smoothly, she is instrumental in making sure Quarles & Brady meets its commitment to be a firm that gives back to the community. Zweber has organized the firm’s annual Toys for Tots campaign, putting out collection boxes and then making sure the toys are delivered to the local U.S. Marine Corps.
She also organized a drive to collect Yoplait yogurt pink lids for the “Save Lids to Save Lives” program and also participates in the annual Hunger Task Force food drive. Zweber plays an active role in the firm’s Bring your Child to Work Day program, even portraying Mama Bear in the mock trial, The Three Bears v. Goldilocks.
Zweber said she hopes to retire from Quarles & Brady, although not for several years. Until then, she said, she wants to be a valuable employee.
“My goal,” Zweber said, “is to keep up with technology, be present every day and always look for the most efficient way to accomplish whatever tasks come my way.”