Patrick G. Quick



Patrick G. Quick is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Mr. Quick practices corporate law, with an emphasis in securities law compliance, acquisitions, activism preparedness, and takeover defense. He regularly counsels several public companies concerning compliance requirements and governance matters and has participated in securities offerings for numerous corporations. Mr. Quick also has participated in many complex acquisition transactions representing both buying and selling parties in a variety of industries. He has been actively involved in the representation of clients doing advanced activism and takeover preparedness planning and has counseled clients who have been the subject of activism campaigns or received unsolicited takeover proposals or similar overtures. He is a member of the firm’s Transactional & Securities Practice and Sports, Manufacturing, and Automotive Industry Teams.


Mr. Quick was named to The BTI Consulting Group’s coveted BTI Client Service All-Stars list for 2015 (as an MVP), 2014, 2005 and 2004. This elite group of standout attorneys is recognized as delivering the absolute best client service — identified solely through unprompted client feedback.

Mr. Quick has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system and is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2005 – 2017). In addition, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of corporate law, mergers & acquisitions law and securities law. Best Lawyers recognized him as 2015 Milwaukee Mergers and Acquisitions “Lawyer of the Year,” 2016 Milwaukee Securities / Capital Markets Law “Lawyer of the Year,” and 2017 Milwaukee Corporate Governance Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He was selected for inclusion in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists (2007 2016) and was recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in mergers & acquisitions (2011 and 2015).

Affiliations and Community Engagement

Mr. Quick is an officer and on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). He is a member of the board of advisors of He served for many years on the board of directors of the Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Fund and also has been involved in the United Way, the Children's Miracle Network Telethon for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and the Marquette University Business Administration Alumni Association.


Mr. Quick graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 1984, where he served as an editor of the Michigan Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He received his B.S., magna cum laude, from Marquette University, where he studied accounting.

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Mr. Quick is admitted to the Wisconsin State Bar. His professional memberships include the Milwaukee Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, and American Bar Association.

Representative Matters

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On December 24, 2014 j2 Global, Inc. launched a hostile tender offer for the shares of Carbonite, Inc. Foley represented the board of directors of Carbonite in developing its defenses and responses to Carbonite, including the adoption of a two-tier shareholder rights plan. Foley was also selected by the company to handle anticipated litigation over the shareholder rights plan. In the middle of the j2 negotiations we were notified by FINRA of an investigation into the trading of the shares of Carbonite immediately prior to j2’s tender offer; we produced documents to FINRA and otherwise responded to all FINRA investigatory requests. The company announced the resignation of one board member and the appointment of a new board member. On March 2, 2015, j2 Global withdrew its tender offer and its anticipated litigation.
Harley-Davidson is an American manufacturer of heavyweight touring and cruiser motorcycles. In October 2009, Harley-Davidson announced its long-term business strategy to drive growth through a single-minded focus of efforts and resources on the unique strengths of the Harley-Davidson brand and to enhance productivity and profitability through continuous improvement. That included a strategy to develop world-class manufacturing capability throughout the company by restructuring and consolidating operations for greater competitiveness, efficiency, and flexibility. The company sought flexibility to produce motorcycles closer to customer demand, enabling delivery of the right motorcycle to the right customer at the right time. Harley-Davidson certainly has had many advisors in its 110-year history who have supported the company’s vision, and Foley is honored to have been one of its legal advisors in a wide array of areas for more than 25 years. In particular, Harley-Davidson gave Foley the opportunity to assist with its recent strategic efforts in several ways. We supported Harley-Davidson in the transformational restructuring of its manufacturing operations in York, Pennsylvania; Kansas City, Missouri; and Wisconsin by assisting the company in negotiating new “state-of-the-art” labor agreements to facilitate flexible manufacturing, continuous improvement and third-party sequencing. Foley also has assisted Harley-Davidson with the insourcing of its transportation management operations, which also supports the company’s advanced manufacturing philosophy and commitment to efficiency. We have been involved in contract development in logistical areas such as a new shipping crate that enables the company to better track and manage motorcycles during shipping and a corresponding shipment/distribution arrangement that helps the company to more efficiently manage its shipment of motorcycles to dealers. Another area in which we assisted the company was in the negotiation of a sequencing and subassembly services contract under which a third party provides those services to support just-in-time manufacturing at Harley-Davidson’s restructured York, Pennsylvania, manufacturing facility. In addition to our significant work on that venture, we assisted Harley-Davidson in connection with the opening of the new leased facility from which the third party provides those sequencing and subassembly services. Our assistance included negotiating service agreements with equipment and service providers who were responsible for moving equipment from the service provider’s former facility to the new facility, installing electrical/compressed air systems, installing docking systems, and other important logistical aspects. At a Glance: Next-Generation Manufacturing Business Issues: • Continuous Process Improvement• Enterprise-Wide Supply and Distribution Chain Management and Collaboration• Facilities Siting, Reconfiguration, and Management• Next-Generation Technologies
Represented Fortune 100 global diversified technology company and directors in action alleging breach of fiduciary duty with respect to Proxy Statement disclosures relating to compensation plan and "say on pay" proposal slated for shareholder vote. Responding to plaintiff's threat to enjoin the company's annual meeting, we opposed expedited discovery and moved to dismiss the complaint. When the judge determined to review our motion to dismiss before granting plaintiff any relief, plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the matter.