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Quarles & Brady Recognized as Top Law Firm by Equality Illinois

CHICAGO, Ill. - The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced its recognition in 'Raising the Bar' 2013 by Equality Illinois, a yearly recognition of top LGBT-friendly law firms in Illinois.

Quarles & Brady was one of thirty-eight firms recognized for protecting the rights of Illinois lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees, providing a safe, fair and integrated work environment and participating in related community outreach programs. The firms were honored today by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the Equality Illinois Raising the Bar Recognition Breakfast. These law firms will also be featured in the 2013 Raising the Bar report.

"Our firm has a long-standing reputation for mentoring and developing outstanding diverse employees," said Janine Landow-Esser, Co-Chair of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee. "We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to provide an inclusive work environment that understands and respects all employees.

As part of its diversity initiatives, Quarles & Brady provides domestic partner benefits and a LGBT liaison attorney is assigned to each new LGBT associate as part of its mentoring program. The firm also interviews and recruits LGBT law students at the annual Lavender Law Conference and sponsors numerous events in the LGBT community.

About Equality Illinois
Equality Illinois was founded in 1991 to secure, protect and defend the basic civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Illinoisans, and is the state's oldest and largest LGBT advocacy organization.

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, and on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.