Kevin M. Long, Partner

Commitment to Diversity

Quarles & Brady as a firm has an enthusiastically stated and fully operationalized goal to advance diversity in the workplace and in the community. We are leaders in mentoring and developing outstanding diverse attorneys, with percentages of women and diverse partners and associates exceeding national averages. Women and diverse attorneys head four of our eight offices, including our largest. In 2010,  2011, and 2015, we earned the highest possible rating of 100% in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation annual Corporate Equality Index. Quarles & Brady is routinely ranked among the best law firms for women and diverse attorneys, family-friendly policies, informal training, and other categories that help promote a diverse workplace.

Diversity is an integral part of the firm’s values. Quarles is committed to the most fundamental precepts of diversity: personal respect and individual worth. We believe that diversity provides a richer work environment and fosters critical thinking and problem solving. It is good business, and it is the right thing to do.

Kevin and his litigation team believe that diversity often matters more in litigation than in other matters and areas of law. Litigated matters are about establishing connections — with judges, jurors, clients, opposing counsel, adversaries, insurers, co-defendants, clerks, bailiffs, and each other. There is no recipe for making these connections; what is tremendously effective in one matter can be disastrous in the next, so knowing when and how to make those connections is the trick. Quarles’ commitment to diversity helps Kevin and his fellow litigators understand how to put their partners, colleagues, and other professionals in the right positions, at the right times, to serve clients best.

As the national chair of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group, one of the firm’s largest, Kevin is fully invested in building a diverse team. He has championed the virtues and business advantages of diversity both as chair of Litigation and as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. In an industry in which solutions are the product, Kevin recognizes that the more perspectives there are on any given issue, the more and better the potential results. Furthermore, where fairness is the ideal outcome of every matter, Kevin understands that fairness must permeate the very culture of the service provider.