Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Lead by example.

Working tirelessly to build a more diverse and inclusive legal profession.

At Quarles, every person counts, every day. We are leaders in mentoring and developing outstanding diverse attorneys and business professionals. Yet, there is more work to do and we’re rising to the opportunity with shared purpose.

Focused on winning outcomes, not accolades.

Routinely ranked among the best law firms for diversity, equity and inclusion — with inclusive benefits and policies, holistic learning and development curriculums with a wellness focus, and business resource groups — we are proud of our accomplishments and the many accolades we have received. A true climate of inclusion, though, cannot be measured by diversity statistics, ratings and awards alone. We measure success by our ability to actively encourage and promote diversity of thought, perspectives and experiences so we can collectively develop creative solutions to meet our client’s needs. But for us, it does not stop there. We have a responsibility to build a more diverse and inclusive legal profession that considers accessibility and equity in decision-making. Equally important, we are committed to reflecting and strengthening the diversity of our communities.

Commitment in action.

For many years, Quarles has implemented robust policies and programs to recruit, train and support underrepresented attorneys and business professionals, so every member of the Quarles team can fully realize their potential and enjoy successful careers. The firm’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts include:

Firmwide Committee

The Quarles DEI committee is comprised of representatives from each of our offices and includes partners, associates and administrators, as well as members of the firm’s executive committee. Managing Partner Michael Aldana co-chairs the committee with Steven Hunter and Emily Feinstein. Among its many achievements, the committee spurred firm leadership to formalize policies around the meaningful inclusion of women and minorities in new business pitches and resulting new matters, with tactics to monitor and measure inclusion.

Local Councils 

There is a DEI council in each office, comprised of local attorneys and business professionals. The Diversity Council educates employees on diversity and inclusion matters, and regularly sponsors guest speakers on a variety of subjects such as autism, transgender issues, challenges related to the deaf and hard of hearing, and other salient topics.

Business Resource Groups

The firm sponsors business resource groups for its women and diverse attorneys to create internal networks to assist with business development and foster an increased sense of community and camaraderie in the workplace.

Employee Resource Groups

The firm sponsors employee resource and affinity groups for its business professionals to create internal networks to foster an increased sense of community and camaraderie in the workplace.

Recruiting Policies

We actively recruit diverse and women candidates, and encourage the development of LGBTQ, minority, women, veteran and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses in all our communities through the firm’s supplier diversity program.

Mansfield Rule Certification Plus

Designed to increase the representation of diverse lawyers in law firm leadership, Mansfield Rule certification requires firms to track their consideration of women, lawyers from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, lawyers with disabilities and LGBTQ+ lawyers for top leadership roles, senior-level lateral hiring, equity partnership and participation in client meetings.

National and Local Organizations

Quarles is involved with many other local and national organizations that support diversity and inclusion, including the Pro Bono Name Change Project, the Alliance for Asian American Justice, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, ACLU cases and many pro bono cases in which we provide direct representation to diverse clients.

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Our firm has been recognized with numerous awards for our efforts, including: 

Diversity Stats 2023

For More Information

For further detail regarding our DEI initiatives, please contact Ony Beverly, our chief people and diversity officer, at (312) 715-5286 / ony.beverly@quarles.com, or Darlene Austin, our director of diversity, employee relations and corporate social responsibility, at (414) 277-5228 / darlene.austin@quarles.com.

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