Nicole Stanton


As the managing partner of our Phoenix office, the associate general counsel of Quarles & Brady as a whole, and a broadly experienced litigator, Nicole Stanton is a defender of both large and small institutions, as well as the individuals within them. Her client list encompasses diverse industries and needs. Nicole's standing as a senior member of the firm's Professional Liability Team makes her an obvious choice for the firm's associate general counsel (AGC). The position of AGC and that position's responsibilities illustrate an important facet of her appeal to her clients: As AGC, she works with other law firms to defend Quarles' interests, so she functions simultaneously as inside and outside counsel, reflecting an ability to see all sides of the matters on which she works, from both the client's and the advocate's perspectives. Her unique perspective facilitates both approaches and solutions that best serve her client's interests. In short, she has sat in the same chair as many of her clients.

Nicole has served as defense counsel for several local and national law firms, as well as Quarles, along with representing accounting firms, financial institutions, and insurance brokers, but she also has handled cases involving real estate, tribal land disputes, breaches of contract, and even horses. If litigation and dispute resolution of any kind are necessary, Nicole is a trustworthy attorney to call on.

Nicole isn't a scorched-earth litigator, she's a dispute resolver whose priorities lie with pragmatic outcomes and their benefits for her clients.

In addition to her work as a litigator, Nicole assists and counsels both startup and established franchisors on a wide range of franchise law matters, such as the preparation of disclosure documents, the creation of franchise agreements, and various other related corporate and business matters. 

Nicole is also highly invested in the Phoenix community, not only as First Lady of Phoenix but as a committed civic servant in her own right. She has spearheaded a statewide anti-bullying initiative called Stop Bullying AZ, teaches professional responsibility courses at Arizona State University, has served on many nonprofit boards, and has received several awards for her business and community service activities.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Arizona–James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2000)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Articles Editor, Arizona Law Review
  • University of Utah (B.S., 1995)

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2000

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (Adjunct Professor, teaching professional responsibility, Fall Semester 2011, Spring Semester 2013, Spring Semester 2014)
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Charles E. Jones, Vice Chief Justice, Arizona Supreme Court (2000–2001)
  • Stop Bullying AZ, an organization dedicated to the prevention of bullying in Arizona schools (Founder, 2012–present)
  • Charter 100 Women (Member, 2009–present)
  • Valley Leadership Class XXIX (Graduate)
  • State Bar of Arizona Appointments Committee (Member, 2008–2011)
  • State Bar of Arizona Mentor Committee (Member, 2008–2011)
  • State Bar of Arizona (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Associate Evaluation Committee, Quarles & Brady (Member, 2009–present)
  • Conflicts Committee, Quarles & Brady (Member, 2009–present)
  • Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Arizona (Member; Executive Council, 2001–2005)
  • Archway Classical Academy (Board Member, 2012–present)
  • Women's Metropolitan Arts Council (WoMAC) of the Phoenix Art Museum (Founding Board Member and Past President, 2004–2013)
  • Governor Janet Napolitano's 2006 Re-Election Campaign (Co-Chair, "Women for Janet")
  • Arizona Educational Foundation (Board Member, 2005–2007)
  • Arizona Women's Employment & Education, Inc. (AWEE) (Co-Chair of Special Projects Committee, 2004–2007)
  • AZ's Finest Up & Coming Couples Event, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Arizona (Chair, 2005)
  • Arizona Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AZSPCA) (Rescue Volunteer, 2003–2006)
  • Capital School Homeroom Parent (2001–2004)
  • Lawyers for Literacy (1998–2000)
  • Tortolita Middle School Teen Court (Judge, 1999–2000)
  • Minority Law Students Association Academic Tutoring Program (Volunteer Tutor, 1998–2000)

Professional Recognition

  • Positively Powerful Woman Award Recipient (2015)
  • Named a Southwest Super Lawyers® Top 25 Female Attorney (2015)
  • Listed in Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona list by AZ Business Magazine (2015)
  • Finalist, 2014 Business Leader of the Year, Phoenix Business Journal
  • Named a 2014 Arizona Business Leader by AZ Big Media
  • Named a "Women Worth Watching" by 2014 Profiles in Diversity Journal
  • Listed among the Phoenix Business Journal's Most Admired Leaders in 2014
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2012–present: Commercial Litigation; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants)
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2013, 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers® list (Professional Liability: Defense)
  • Listed as one of the "50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business" by AZ Business Magazine for 2013
  • Received the 2013 Judge Learned Hand Emerging Leader Award from the American Jewish Committee, Arizona Chapter
  • Named in the "Outstanding Service by a Woman" category of the 2013 Echo Magazine Readers' Choice Awards
  • Named a Dynamic Woman in Business by the Phoenix Business Journal (2013)
  • Named, with her husband, as "Man and Woman of the Year" for 2012 by Echo Magazine
  • Recipient of the 2012 Ally for Equality Award from the Arizona Chapter of the Human Rights Campaign
  • Recipient of the "Al" Brooks Community Leadership Award from the Anti-Defamation League – Arizona Chapter, 2012
  • Recognized by AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute for her work on anti-bullying and support of the AGUILA program (2012)
  • Received the "Emerging Star" award from Emerge Arizona (2012)
  • Received the Mayor Phil Gordon Spirit Award from Phoenix Pride (2012)
  • YWCA of Maricopa County's 2011 Tribute to Women Honoree (Business Leader Category)
  • Award Recipient, The Business Journal's Class of 2005 "Forty Under 40"
  • Honoree and "Top Woman" Award Recipient, AZ's Finest Competition, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Arizona, 2004