Eric Ledbetter and Robert Messerly Recognized as Crain's 2020 Notable LGBTQ Executives

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Chicago, IL — The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP is pleased to announce that Chicago partners Eric Ledbetter and Robert Messerly have been recognized as Crain's 2020 Notable LGBTQ Executives by Crain's Chicago Business.

Crain's Notable LGBTQ Executives features 56 LGBTQ individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing equality within the workplace or in the Chicago area. Executives recognized come from a wide range of backgrounds and contain individuals working at small businesses and large corporations, arts organizations and nonprofits. Typically, they started or sponsor employee resource groups and serve on diversity and inclusion councils with an eye to breaking down the barriers that keep LGBTQ people from advancing to leadership positions.

Ledbetter is the Office Managing Partner of the firm's Chicago office and is a member of the firm's Labor & Employment and Immigration practice groups. He focuses his practice in complex business immigration matters for U.S. and global companies. As Office Managing Partner, Ledbetter has worked to revitalize recruiting and retention practices as well as employee outreach and communication, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. He is also an active member of the firm's LGBTQ business resource group. Ledbetter earned his Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne.

Messerly is a member of the firm's Real Estate practice group, concentrating in the areas of large portfolio acquisition and disposition, equity investments, and real estate finance. He handles complex transactions for office, industrial, residential and mixed-use buildings. Involved in Firm initiatives, Messerly is a member of the firm’s subcommittee that reviews the equity partner compensation process, former member of the Quarles diversity committee and regularly participates in formal mentoring programs for associates. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Xavier University and a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law.

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