The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP and its firm chair Kimberly Leach Johnson today announced that Nicole Stanton has been selected as the Phoenix-office managing partner. Her term begins on January 1, 2014. In her new role, Stanton becomes one of the few women to lead one of the largest law firms in Phoenix. Jon E. Pettibone, who led the office for three years while simultaneously serving as the firm’s national Labor & Employment Practice Group leader, will resume his practice full time.
“Nicole Stanton has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership over the years, and I have no doubt she will now maintain the standard of excellence that Jon Pettibone demonstrated during his term of service in the office managing partner role,” says firm chair Kimberly Leach Johnson.
Stanton, an award-winning litigation attorney in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, also serves as the firm’s associate general counsel as well as claims and ethics counsel for the Phoenix office. She will be one of three women who serve as office managing partner among the firm’s eight locations, highlighting the strong leadership of women within Quarles.
“Nicole has provided outstanding leadership and counsel on several legal matters and policy decisions for our institution. Her brilliant legal skills and creative solutions are complemented by an open, collaborative approach,” said Scott Thompson, CEO of Arizona Summit Law School and current client of the firm. “Nicole’s customer service and responsiveness are unparalleled.”
“I’m excited to spend even more time serving the firm’s clients now,” says current office managing partner Jon Pettibone. “I enjoyed serving the firm and its clients in my local administrative role, and I was fortunate to serve in that capacity as we have adapted to dynamic changes in our industry and the refocus on delivery of value to our clients.
I’m confidently looking forward to seeing Nicole Stanton add to the firm’s tapestry of success.” “While ensuring superior client service will always remain job one for firm leadership, I particularly look forward to deepening our connection to the community in my role as office managing partner,” said Stanton. “From our local work with Capitol Elementary School to our national anti-bullying initiative, I see Quarles & Brady as a platform for corporate social responsibility as well as legal excellence.”
Stanton is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group. Her experience includes defense of local and national law firms in legal malpractice actions and other business litigation disputes. She is a member of Charter 100 Women, serves as a founding board member and past president of the Women’s Metropolitan Arts Council of the Phoenix Art Museum and is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, teaching professional responsibility. She was selected by her peers in 2011 and 2012 for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®. A graduate of Valley Leadership Class XXIX, Stanton was the YWCA of Maricopa County’s 2011 Tribute to Women honoree in the business leader category. She was recently named as one of the 50 most influential women in Arizona. She received her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.
Pettibone represents and advises employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, with particular emphasis on wage and hour compliance, labor-management relations and practical solutions to complex human resource challenges. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and is a three-time chairman of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of Arizona. He earned his law degree from Arizona State University College of Law and was a Regents Scholar at the University of California, San Diego. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®. (1985–present), Chambers USA (2003–present) and Southwest Super Lawyers® (2007–present). He is currently recognized as Best Lawyers 2014 Lawyer of the Year® for Administrative/Regulatory Law in Phoenix. Pettibone also previously served as office managing partner of the Quarles Phoenix office from 1993–1999.