Lydia Quarles


Lydia Quarles, J.D.

Expect the Unbelievable!

The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things… And whether pigs have wings.“*


Welcome to my Web site. I consider it a reflection of my commitment to my clients, my practice and my profession. I hope you will visit frequently. WPF, LLC, is dedicated to the belief that unbelievable results are achievable – and I work to make that happen every day. -Lydia Quarles, J.D.

1/27/2015 – On April 10, 2015, I will be presenting a 6 hour continuing legal education seminar on Effective Mediation Skills for the University of Mississippi at Hyatt Place in Ridgeland. If you need more information, contact Renee Moore at

When pigs fly is commonly understood as something unlikely to ever happen – which is why it has also become Lydia Quarles’ theme for the work she does with individuals, businesses, governmental entities and add trade associations.

Clients have come to “expect the unbelievable” thanks to her unique perspective and special skill set which allow her to arrive at innovative solutions to many seemingly unresolvable situations. With a singular spectrum of legal expertise and the depth and breadth of her personal talents, Lydia Quarles and WPF, LLC, offer one-of-a-kind, comprehensive professional services. Whether it is in the practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation, her select domestic legal practice or when consulting on an individual or corporate level, her track record of successful resolution has made believers out of the most skeptical. Guess it’s easy to see why Lydia received the 2011 Susie Blue Buchanan Award Winner from the Mississippi Bar. She is also a Martindale Hubbell AV rated lawyer and is recognized by Martindale Hubble as a Preeminent Woman Lawyer in America.

With a perspective as extraordinary as the name “When Pigs Fly,” Lydia is known for not merely achieving the commonplace but for accomplishing outcomes that are as astonishing as soaring swine! Her can-do attitude and creative solutions can work wonders for you too.


Lydia Featured in The Mississippi Lawyer (Winter 2012-2013)

lawyer magazineMarch 2013
The 2011 winner of the Susie Blue Buchanan Award, Lydia Quarles has long been a proponent of women’s legal and economic issues and has worked diligently to engage women in politics at every level—local, state and national.

“We have learned from the European Union that a legislative body comprised of 30% women can make a perspective shift,” she said. “We need to continue to work to achieve that shift in the US.”

And that is precisely what Quarles intends to do as she continues to operate a thriving private practice and engage in government and academic initiatives through her position as a senior policy analyst with Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University.

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Lydia and Michelle trailblazing awardLydia won“Trailblazer” award

July 2012
Lydia Quarles and Michelle Dean Easterling, a partner at Edwards Storey Marshall Helveston and Easterling in West Point, were presented with the Women in the Profession Committee “Trailblazer” award.




Lydia at MWLA meetingLydia spoke about “Embracing Our Obligation Under Rule 8.3” at MWLA meeting in March

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, MWLA hosted its Hattiesburg membership meeting at the Neal House. We were honored to have Lydia Quarles speak on the topic “Embracing Our Obligation Under Rule 8.3.” The program was approved for one hour of CLE credit. Thank you Lydia for a wonderful discussion.

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Lydia’s Blog to be Included in U.S. Library of Congress’ Historic Collection of Internet Materials

The United States Library of Congress has selected Lydia’s “State and Local Legal Blog” for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to Legal Blawgs. In notifying Lydia, the Library of Congress indicated: “We consider your website to be an important part of this collection and our historical record. The Library of Congress preserves the Nation’s cultural artifacts and provides enduring access to them. The Library’s traditional functions, acquiring, cataloging, preserving and serving collection materials of historical importance to the Congress and the American people to foster education and scholarship, extend to digital materials, including websites.”

The URL for Lydia’s blog is The Library of Congress archive link is


Lydia Quarles
2012 Joan Fiss Bishop Award winner
Lydia will receive the award in Las Vegas at the 2012 National ASPA Conference at the SWPA Awards Breakfast on Monday – March 5th.
Congratulations, Lydia!

Created in 1985 to honor Joan Fiss Bishop – ASPA’s women’s movement founder and former National Council member who co-chaired the ASPA Women’s Caucus in Denver, Colorado (April 1971) and chaired ASPA’s Task Force on the Status of Women in Public Administration (1971-1973) – one of the first created by a professional association. The Task Force gave rise to the ASPA National Committee on Women in Public Administration (1973-1982), and subsequently the Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA) was established in 1982. Fiss Bishop is believed to be the first person to serve as career services director at four different colleges and universities, including Emmanuel College, Radcliffe College, Wellesley College, and Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Award Criteria: Honors an individual, who by example and action, has: 1) promoted increased participation of women in the public administration profession; 2) exhibited defined contribution to increased involvement in the public sector; 3) demonstrated innovative leadership and accomplished professionalism in their own public sector career; and 4) made a commitment to the public administration profession through membership in ASPA.


Lydia Quarles, J.D., and WPF, LLC, are committed to the highest standards of expertise and professionalism in every area of services offered. Each client and situation is individually assessed to ascertain the most appropriate and effective processes to address the specific matter. You are encouraged to review this site for particulars about each aspect of the services available and to contact us for more information or to initiate a customized situation assessment.

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*“The Walrus and The Carpenter,” Lewis Carroll, from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872