Ludington attorney takes on role to help national law firm with diversity, inclusion.

July 16, 2020

Cornell Boggs

Ludington attorney takes on role to help national law firm with diversity, inclusion.

CHICAGO — Ludington attorney Cornell Boggs has been hired by national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP  as a senior strategic advisor, where he will lead the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts starting August 3.

Boggs, who will be based in the firm’s Chicago office, will play an integral role in the firm’s diversity and inclusion and client-relations efforts. 

He was recognized as a “Legend in Law” by receiving the prestigious Burton Award from the Library of Congress and the American Bar Association, and Savoy magazine named him among the “Most Influential Black Corporate Directors” in 2017 and 2016, one of the “Most Influential Black Lawyers” in 2015, and as one of the “Top 100 Influential Blacks in Corporate America” in 2014.

Boggs will bring his unique background and vantage point to his work with the firm’s attorneys in building teams and promoting collaboration to provide the best client experience and outcomes. He will also work closely with the firm’s leadership and diverse lawyers to create pathways for success, improve their experience and increase diversity in the firm.

“As a general counsel and leader at global companies, Cornell Boggs knows what clients expect. As a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, his vision will help the firm attract, grow, and retain exceptional lawyers and professionals of all backgrounds,” said Mike Aldana, Quarles & Brady managing partner. “We are very excited about Cornell bringing that unique experience and vision to the firm.”

Boggs is currently the vice chair of the board of directors and chair of the governance committee at Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500 company, where he will continue to serve. His previous roles include serving as general counsel at both Toys “R” Us and Dow Corning, chief responsibility and ethics officer for MillerCoors, as well as prominent leadership positions at other Fortune 500 companies.

“I am thrilled to join Quarles & Brady, a firm that shows true leadership in its emphasis on developing a culture of diversity and mentorship while routinely exceeding clients’ expectations,” said Boggs. “Now more than ever is a time for our industry to champion equality, and I look forward to joining my new colleagues to continue the firm’s advancement of these critical principles.”

Boggs holds a juris doctor (law degree) from Valparaiso University, where he is a long-time board member. He is also on the board of directors of the nonprofit International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.

Cornell and his wife, Melissa, live in Ludington.

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