The law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix office managing partner Nicole Stanton will be honored with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Phoenix Ally Award, which is given annually to local leaders who advocate for safe and respectful schools and create positive change for all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Stanton will be honored during GLSEN Phoenix’s Sparkle Glitter GLSEN Awards, which will take place on November 19 at the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS in Phoenix.

“Nicole’s role in spearheading the Stop Bullying AZ campaign, as well as her leadership in establishing the Dion Initiative has helped bring much needed visibility to the importance of developing positive school climates where students are safe, affirmed, respected and valued,” said Ricardo Martinez, Co-Chair of GLSEN Phoenix. “It takes passion and drive to create lasting change, which often comes from challenging experiences we face as youth and we therefore applaud her efforts to honor her brother Dion’s legacy by making certain that the well-being, health and academic success of students is not compromised by unnecessary bullying and harassment. She is a true ally.”

In addition to her position as office manager partner at Quarles & Brady, Stanton is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group. Her experience includes defense of local and national law firms in legal malpractice actions and other business litigation disputes.

In the Phoenix community, Stanton also serves as a founding board member and past president of the Women’s Metropolitan Arts Council of the Phoenix Art Museum as well as a member of Charter 100 Women. She also is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, teaching professional responsibility and served as a member of the Business Court Advisory Committee. A graduate of Valley Leadership Class XXIX, Stanton is a recent recipient of the “Philanthropic Leader of the Year” at the 8th Annual Positively Powerful Woman Award and is a past YWCA of Maricopa County’s Tribute to Women honoree, in the Business Leader category. She also was honored as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Business” by AZ Business Magazine.

Stanton received her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.