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Paul Eberle

Business Services | Law
Husch Blackwell LLP | Milwaukee

Paul Eberle has led Kansas City-based Husch Blackwell LLP for the past four years. Eberle made his way to the c-suite of legal firms as a business leader and entrepreneur. He previously founded and led Brookfield-based Capital Data Inc. as its chief executive officer; co-founded Green Bay-based LaserNet Inc.; and was managing member of Milwaukee-based Capital Properties of Wisconsin LLC. He went on to lead Milwaukee-based law firm Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek SC as CEO and later was named CEO of Husch Blackwell following its 2016 merger with Whyte Hirschboeck. Eberle has announced plans to leave the firm in early 2024. Eberle has previously helped lead capital campaigns for Guest House of Milwaukee and the United Performing Arts Fund.

Education: Bachelor’s, College of the Holy Cross

First job: “Egg route. I delivered eggs on my bike from a local farm to my neighborhood clients. I made $1 per dozen.”

Biggest recent success: “With new offices on the East and West Coasts, and significant growth across all existing geographies, Husch Blackwell has moved from a strong regional law firm to a top national Am Law 100 firm.”

What would you change about Wisconsin to make it better: “We need to honestly confront the racial, economic and educational disparities that are limiting our future collective success.”

Biggest risk you’ve ever taken: “I started Capital Data when I was 25. I sold it to my partners when I was 40. I started in law firm leadership when I was 44 and will leave when I am 58. Every start and every finish has risk.”

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