Ave Bie ’79

Ave BieAve Bie ’79 has had an eventful year so far. In January the attorney was named managing partner of the Madison office of the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP.

Bie, who joined the firm in 2005, focuses her practice on public utilities and corporate practice groups, advising on state and federal issues for clients nationwide. She formerly served as chair of Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission and has an extensive background in government regulation and licensing.

In April Bie was appointed, by a nationwide selection committee, to the 10-member New York Independent System Operator board of directors. The NYISO is a nonprofit corporation that protects the public interest by promoting a fair and competitive wholesale electric market in New York.

And in May, Bie was selected by the Wisconsin Law Journal as a 2009 Leader in the Law, which recognizes legal professionals who make outstanding contributions to the practice of law, including leadership in advancing legal services to the poor and to the community at large.

Bie received a degree in speech from UW-Eau Claire and earned a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She lives in Madison with her husband and two children.