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Nicole Stanton Awarded 2012 Equality Award from Human Rights Campaign

PHOENIX, ARIZ. - The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Nicole France Stanton, a partner in the Firm's Phoenix office, received a 2012 Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign ("HRC").

Equality Award honorees represent the diversity of the support of gay rights and have contributed to the Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender ("LGBT") community. Stanton was recognized for her anti-bullying initiative, a personal passion of Stanton's following the death of her brother in 1991 from AIDS. Stanton's brother was bullied in high school for displaying effeminate mannerisms. She is concerned about the rise of cyber bullying and its growing effect on children. Stanton was one of three awardees for the individual 2012 Equality Awards who were honored at HRC's annual Gala on March 24.

Stanton is a member of the Firm's Commercial Litigation Group. Her experience includes the defense of an actuarial and benefits consulting firm against professional liability claims brought by trustee and pension plans, the defense of local and national law firms in legal malpractice actions, and assisting in the defense of a telecommunications provider against alleged violating of the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act. She is a member of Charter 100 Women, serves as a founding board member and past president of the Women's Metropolitan Arts Council of the Phoenix Art Museum, and is a member of the State Bar of Arizona Appointments Committee, previously serving on the bar's Mentor Committee.

A graduate of Valley Leadership Class XXIX, Stanton was the YWCA of Maricopa County's 2011 Tribute to Women honoree. She received her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona and her bachelor's degree from the University of Utah.

About the Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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