Michael Curley and Nikia Gray Named Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 Honorees11/15/12
TUCSON, ARIZ. -The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Michael J. Curley and Nikia L. Gray, associates in the firm's Tucson office were selected as 40 Under 40 honorees for 2012 by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The 40 Under 40 awards were launched in 2005 by Tucson Business Edge and later in 2008 by the Arizona Daily Star. This year, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Star to organize the event and select the honorees. The 40 Under 40 awards recognize young leaders in Tucson based on professional accomplishments, leadership qualities and community impact. More than 360 highly qualified individuals were nominated for the 2012 list. They will be honored at the 40 Under 40 Awards Breakfast on December 13 in Tucson.
Curley is dedicated to Tucson's high-tech industry and supports its growth through teaching future leaders and representing small tech companies. He practices in all areas of intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, and copyright infringement litigation, trade secret misappropriation litigation, domain name disputes and unfair competition. He has litigated cases in most of the country's patent-heavy jurisdictions, and has developed a particular expertise in defending accused infringers from "non-practicing entities" or "patent trolls." Curley is also an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law teaching trademarks and unfair competition. He regularly offers seminars on intellectual property protection for organizations such as the Arizona Technology Council, BioTech Cluster and the State Bar of Arizona. He received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and his undergraduate degrees in Optical Engineering and Philosophy, cum laude, from the University of Arizona.
Gray focuses her time both on her legal career and on animal advocacy. A member of the firm's Intellectual Property Group, she specializes in intellectual property litigation in the areas of patent, trademark, and copyright infringement and unfair competition. As a registered patent attorney, she also has a thriving patent prosecution and trademark practice. Gray is Chair of the Animal Law Section of the Arizona State Bar, a volunteer provider with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and serves as an Advisory Board Member of Arizona Greyhound Rescue. She received her law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and her undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania.
About Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Incorporated in 1989, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is recognized as a 501 (c) 6 non-profit organization. Its purpose is to provide, promote and advance, on a nonprofit basis, the general welfare and prosperity of the Tucson area so that its citizens and business community could prosper.
About Quarles & Brady LLP
Quarles & Brady LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing from offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Naples and Tampa, Fla.; Chicago, Ill; Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.; Washington, D.C.; and Shanghai, China. The firm provides an array of legal services to corporate and individual clients, which range from small entrepreneurial businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Additional information about the firm may be found at www.quarles.com, and on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.