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D. Scott Watson Named Quarles & Brady’s National Labor & Employment Practice Group Chair

Dawn Valdivia Named Phoenix Office Labor & Employment Chair

CHICAGO, ILL. - The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that D. Scott WatsonChicago Office Co-Managing Partner has been named the firm's National Labor & Employment Practice Group chair. Watson succeeds Jon Pettibone, a partner in the firm's Phoenix office who led the group since 2007. In addition, Phoenix partner Dawn C. Valdivia has been named the Phoenix Office's Labor & Employment Practice Group chair.

"The firm is pleased to name Scott chair of the firm's labor & employment group," said John W. Daniels Jr., Chairman. "We thank Jon for his leadership throughout the years and have confidence that Scott will continue to strongly lead the group."

"I am honored to be selected as chair of the firm's labor & employment practice group," said Watson. "I look forward to working with the group in a larger capacity to continue the success it has accomplished throughout the years."

Watson focuses his practice on representing employers in all areas of labor and employment law. He has experience in arbitration, mediation, federal and state agency discrimination claims, federal and state labor board claims, and federal and state litigation. He has successfully represented employers in cases involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, wage disputes and labor arbitrations as well as other statutes and venues. Watson has also spoken to several civic and business groups on various employment-related topics, including the creation and benefits of employee handbooks and wage and hour issues, and has written on the Illinois Wage Payment Collection Act and the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act statute, among others. He received his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University.

Valdivia has extensive experience advising clients about labor issues and representing clients before the NLRB and in other labor matters including union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, and labor arbitrations. In addition, Valdivia is skilled in complex litigation matters, including wage and hour class action litigation in Arizona and California. She regularly represents clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, Industrial Commission, Arizona Civil Rights Division, and numerous other employment related state agencies. She routinely advises clients regarding issues of workplace discrimination, employee discipline and termination, employer policies, reductions in force, and compliance with state and federal labor and employment laws. She earned her law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rodgers College of Law and her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, with honors, from Arizona State University.

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