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 and entire populations of constituents, as well as the individuals within them. Her client list is encompasses diverse industries and needs, but her mission is singular in the pursuit of the greatest common good. 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), but that position's particular responsibilities illustrate an important facet of her appeal to her clients: As AGC, she occasionally works with other law firms to defend Quarles' interests, so she can function 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, facilitating both approaches and solutions that best serve everyone's interests. In short, she has sat in the same chair as many of her clients.

In fact, Nicole serves as defense counsel for several local and national laws 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 outcomes and their effects on her clients. She handles professional liability cases so well, for example, because they often represent trials of people's personal integrity, their reputations, and their careers as well as the interests of businesses that they often have built themselves. She brings this same sense of protection to her activities as First Lady of Phoenix, and to the management of the Phoenix offices of Quarles & Brady – all of her clients rest assured that Nicole has nothing other than their best interests at heart and in mind.

Nicole is also highly invested in the Phoenix community, not only as First Lady but as a committed civic servant in her own right. She has spearheaded a statewide anti-bullying initiative called Stop Bullying AZ, taught professional responsibility courses at Arizona State University, 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, 2009–2014)
  • 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

  • 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 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