Managing Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP
Michael Aldana became Managing Partner of Quarles & Brady in 2018. He is a Partner in the firm's Labor & Employment group and is a frequent lecturer, both statewide and nationally, on employment, civil rights, education law, and constitutional topics. Michael has also served on the firm's diversity and inclusion committee.
As part of LCLD's Leaders at the Front initiative, Michael created a Leader's Pledge detailing his personal and organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read Michael's pledge here.
Quarles & Brady has many diversity initiatives, from their Women in Leadership Program to minority scholarships to a diversity blog written by attorneys at their many offices. The firm also offers all diverse attorneys a diverse mentor, in addition to the mentor they are assigned to as associates.
Quarles & Brady was named an LCLD Top Performer in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Joined LCLD 2009
Highlights of LCLD Participation
Hosted Leadership Lunch (2019, 2018, 2017, 2013)
2021: Nneka Umeh; 2020: Marian LaLonde; 2019: Maria Kallmeyer; 2018: Nikia Gray; 2017: Jaya F. White; 2016: Valerie P. Vidal; 2015: Christian G. Stahl; 2014: Hector Joseph Diaz; 2013: Dawn C. Valdivia; 2012: Steven V. Hunter; 2011: Edward A. Salanga
2021: Zachary Eastburn; 2020: Ameera Haider; 2019: Joy Johns, Teri Small; 2018: Christopher Dang, Amelia Beck Valenzuela; 2017: Nicolas H. Meza; 2016: Louis A. Klapp; 2015: William Walden
1L LCLD Scholars Program
2020: Elise Ashley, Mehak Qureshi; 2019: Andrew Franklin, Roberto Arbulu; 2018: Adrian DiMelis, Danielle Stanciel; 2017: Martin Childs IV, Madeline Cordray, Benjamin Lockwood, Suhani Mehrota, Jordan Schettle; 2016: Shanan Essick, Yalda Godusi, Paige Grenne, Ally Nicol, Sydney VanBerg; 2015: Margo Casselman, Jerome Mohsen, Tracy Reyes, Symone Shinton, Ken Yandell; 2014: Sean Fernandes, David Hedges; 2013: Anne-Louise Mittal, An Nguyen; 2012: Sharunda Owens, Joshua Proper, Travis Romero-Boeck
Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2020, 2015
Annual Meeting (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)
Leadership Summit (2021, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)
Member: Michael Aldana
Diversity Professionals: Darlene Austin
Communications: Julie Cole