About Brad

Strategic advising, resourcing and problem-solving

Brad Vynalek advises on strategy, exposure and enterprise opportunity for clients ranging from local startups to iconic brands to Fortune 500 companies. An award-winning leader, connector and problem solver, Brad brings highly detailed knowledge of the talent and resources at Quarles to address the discrete needs of clients. He collaborates closely with law departments to:

  • Create bespoke client service teams knowledgeable about industries and businesses to help clients solve their business problems more effectively.
  • Find efficiency and value for clients by identifying synergies, connecting people within client organizations to one another and to lawyers and teams at Quarles.
  • Optimize service delivery from across Quarles' geographic footprint and service offering.

Practicing as a litigator for 21 years before becoming the president of Quarles in 2020, Brad brings extensive experience in both law and leadership to his work for clients. He is a regular attendee of the Sedona Forum for International Leadership, has held leadership roles in numerous professional and community organizations, and has advocated for the legal profession before the U.S. Congress on issues ranging from pro bono funding to the protection of attorney-client privilege.

Experience in Action

  • Strategizing new business opportunities for clients of all sizes.
  • Advising on risk management for both current operations and future growth.
  • Developing fixed fee arrangements customized to client needs.
  • Counseling on economic development, including advising U.S. and foreign companies on relocating or creating secondary headquarters in the U.S.
  • Helping clients to achieve diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals by creating partnerships with Quarles lawyers and client service teams.

Successes

  • Creating a tailor-made, flat fee engagement to enable international tech company to save 30% of annual legal spend.
  • Collaborating with bank client on a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiative to help clients achieve its DEI goals.
  • Creating new efficiencies for a tech-transfer office's patent prosecution needs, including creating protocols and processes as well as building and managing a client service team.
  • Supporting a newly founded REIT by curating a team of lawyers and paralegals to complete the acquisition of $700 million of commercial real estate.
  • Creating a secondment program, sending Quarles lawyers to work on client site to manage a huge portfolio of contracts when the client’s lead in-house lawyer left.

Professional Recognitions

  • "Champions of Change," AZ Big Media, 2022
  • "The Great 48," Phoenix Magazine, 2021
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2014: Commercial Litigation)
  • The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2014-present
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, 2012-present
  • Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy Fellow, 2011
  • State Bar of Arizona Recognition Honor for Service to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, 2011
  • Center for Creative Leadership Lawyer-Leader Graduate, 2010
  • The American Jewish Committee's Judge Learned Hand Emerging Leadership Award, 2009
  • Arizona Governor Recognition for Service and Leadership in Advancing Arizona's Economy, 2009
  • Award of Merit from the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children for Commitment to Protection of Children, 2007
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Arizona's Finest Couples Award, 2007
  • "Forty Under 40" Award, Phoenix Business Journal, 2006
  • Phoenix Valley Leadership, Class 26, 2006
  • Young Alumni of the Year Award, University of Arizona James E. Rogers School of Law, 2005
  • Up and Comer Attorney, Biz AZ Magazine, 2003
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Make-A-Wish of Arizona, Chair (2013 to 2014): Service on board since 2008 to 2014 and have held committee and executive committee positions; Guardians Circle Founder (2020-present)
  • Greater Phoenix Economic Council Board of Director (2014 to present) and Co-Chair of GPEC Next (2020 to present)
  • Teach for America Regional Advisory Board: Board Member (2015-present) and Chair of Development (2020-present) 
  • Make-A-Wish of Arizona: Chair (2013 to 2015); Service on Board since 2008 and has held committee and executive committee positions
  • University of Arizona Law College Association, President (2012): Served on board and led committees since 2000 through 2014
  • American Bar Association
    • American Bar Association 2014 Section of Litigation annual co-chair
    • Grassroots advocacy team and ABA Day in Washington volunteer (2000 to 2015)
    • Business Torts and Corporate Counsel Committees (2009 to 2011)
    • State Bar-appointed delegate to the House of Delegates (2005 to 2011)
    • Federal Bar Practice Task Force (2014)
    • American Bar Foundation Fellows (Co-Chair, Arizona Chapter: 2014)
  • Arizona Commerce and Economic Development Commission, commissioner (2008 to 2009)
    • Appointed by two Arizona governors and confirmed by Arizona Senate to serve on statewide economic development entity
  • Maricopa County Bar Association Minority Intern Writing Program, firm liaison (2009 to 2010)
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, pro bono volunteer (2005-2009)
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program, pro bono volunteer (1999-2009)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Arizona's Finest Couples Chair
  • Oscar Night America Arthritis Foundation chair, 2005 and 2006
  • Wills for Heroes, pro bono volunteer (2006-2007)
  • Quarles & Brady (Executive Committee, 2014 to 2022)

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