Quarles & Brady has hired former Mayer Brown partner Timothy D’Arduini in Washington as it relaunches its immigration practice in the nation’s capital.
D’Arduini, who will join the firm’s labor and employment practice group, leads a growing immigration team in Washington that will soon comprise five lawyers, all of whom are female or diverse lawyers. He said in an interview that aside from serving clients rethinking work arrangements and logistics as offices reopen, he’s looking to prioritize both diversity and work-life balance for his team in his new role.
D’Arduini has worked with companies in a number of industries on global mobility, including on work visas, immigration related employment audits and investigations, and compliance programs.
“His impressive experience will help us grow our multi-dimensional national immigration team, and his reputation for outstanding client service and high quality work aligns with our client-first mindset,” said Grant Sovern, national chair of the firm’s immigration team, in a statement. “A compassionate leader with highly respected legal skills, Tim is the perfect addition to expand our focus and enhance our approach.”
Immigration practices in the U.S. and globally have seen a fast rate of change due in part to the coronavirus pandemic, which at times has closed down borders, but also brought new a level of flexibility, and therefore mobility, to the workforce.
“The rules of the game have changed,” said D’Arduini, who noted that clients have needed help with Covid-19-related changes to visa processes internationally, as well as figuring out how to deal with remote work and employees getting stuck outside the U.S during the pandemic.
As workplaces slowly reopen, he said he there will be even more demand for advice on worker mobility and immigration.
There’s also room for new rules and regulations under the Biden administration, which may open avenues for immigration that were previously closed under former President Donald Trump.
“The last five years have been a challenging time for both our corporate clients and their employees,” said D’Arduini.
D’Arduini, who is an LGBTQ lawyer, noted the diverse makeup of his new team in Washington, and what he said is Quarles & Brady’s commitment to creating opportunities for women and diverse lawyers beyond just associates.
The firm says it has 70% diverse or female office managing partners. D’Arduini said their ranks include Nikia Gray in Washington, who is Native American, and Eric Ledbetter in Chicago, another immigration lawyer who is LGBTQ.
Quarles & Brady has a Latino managing partner, Michael Aldana, and was one of the first among the 200 largest U.S. firms to have a Black chair, John W. Daniels, and a female chair, Kimberly Leach Johnson.
In a time when workloads combined with a global pandemic have stretched Big Law attorneys even thinner than usual, D’Arduini said he’s also striving to make sure the immigration team finds ways of sharing the workload and protecting free time.
“We’re going to require people to take lunch,” he said.
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