Quarles & Brady chair Edward A. Salanga
Edward A. Salanga (Photo courtesy of Quarles & Brady)

Quarles & Brady picks Phoenix partner Edward A. Salanga as its national chair of the commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice group, according to a Friday morning announcement.

Salanga succeeds Kevin M. Long, who has been the national chair of the Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group for the past 10 years. Long will continue to serve on the Executive Committee (EC), as well as focus on his litigation practice in the firm’s Milwaukee office.

“Ed and I have worked together for many years and I am confident that he and Josh, who have more than 30 years of combined experience at the firm, will be outstanding leaders for the Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution group,” said Long. “Ed is a well-respected member of the community with stellar litigation capabilities and a thoughtful approach to the firm and client matters and I look forward to seeing him advance the ongoing success of the group.”

Having been with the firm for 17 years, Salanga previously served as the chair of the Commercial Litigation Group in the Phoenix office and co-chair of the Real Estate and Construction Litigation Committee. He focuses his practice on construction and commercial litigation disputes. Following Salanga’s transition, John M. O’Neal will serve as chair of the Commercial Litigation Group in Phoenix.

Salanga received several recognitions for his work including being named by The Best Lawyers in America in 2013-2016 and receiving Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating. He was a member of the Graduate of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows Program, and named Top Pro Bono Attorney by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education in 2005.

Salanga received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, and his juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.