C. Bradley Vynalek, Partner

Success Stories

Pro Bono Victory

Quarles & Brady took on a matter for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which involved the forced abduction of a child who was brought to the U.S. from Mexico, beyond the apparent reach of her father and lawful custodian. We put together a multifaceted argument for the return of the child and worked with members of the U.S. Senate, the Mexican Consulate, the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Child Protective Services, and a variety of other key stakeholders to safely reunite the young girl with her aggrieved father. Even after successfully winning the case, it was still necessary to work through the details of legally transporting the child back to Mexico. The case was fraught with obstacles and setbacks, but we were tenacious and determined to see the child safely sent home rather than our simply scoring the court victory and leaving the ultimate goal to others. As one might imagine, the final reunion was a powerful experience to witness.

Closing the Loophole

Quarles & Brady filed on the lead amicus brief for the Arizona Bankers Association in a case related to protecting secured lenders’ rights and collateral. There had been a failure to properly document the assignment of the rights and collateral of a loan to a bank that had assumed the debt, leading to an argument that it had forfeited those rights. Quarles & Brady prepared an argument that recording the transfer of the loan to the new entity conveyed the rights and collateral as well, regardless of the failure to include a document formally transferring them, and the court agreed. In essence, Quarles & Brady wrote the amicus brief on behalf of the entire banking industry of Arizona, protecting the creditor’s rights of the state’s entire financial services sector.

Turning Trouble into Success

Quarles & Brady represented a client in an undercover news investigation of its product and sales claims. Critics questioned the veracity of the claims, prompting the media to engage in a consumer protection story that focused on the client and its product. The allegations were serious enough that a secondary investigation by state authorities was initiated when the story broke. We turned the investigation upside down by using the news investigation to put his clients in front of the camera, where they described how their product worked and the basis for their claims, in calm, rational terms. In doing so, the client not only silenced its critics and halted the investigations but actually turned the experience into a marketing opportunity, leading to positive exposure that money can’t buy!