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Mike Aldana and Joel Tragesser Quoted in Indiana Lawyer Article About Importance of Culture in Firm Combinations

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Quarles & Brady leaders Mike Aldana and Joel Tragesser shared their perspective on the importance of firm culture in ensuring a successful combination with another firm in an Indiana Lawyer article on the topic.

The article focused on the critical role culture plays when it comes to retaining talent after two firms combine and included comments from Aldana, the firm’s managing partner and chair of the executive committee, and Tragesser, Indianapolis office managing partner. Quarles recently completed a combination with San Diego firm Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton.

In an excerpt from the article, Aldana spoke about the role culture played in this most recent deal:

While geography, practice areas and financials were integral parts of the merger talks, talent and culture fit were essential to completing the deal.

“That was really important to us that we know that the people had connections on the cultural side as well as on the client side,” Aldana said. “… When we met Paul Plevin last year, (we had) connections both on the practice group side, lots of client and industry overlap. But ultimately, it was the shared values and the shared culture that we discovered we had, which it just ended up ticking all the boxes and it was pretty phenomenal in that sense.”


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