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An uncommon commitment to diversity. McDermott Will & Emery is honored to be recognized once again as a top Illinois law firm for LGBT equality and inclusion. We are proud to partner with Equality Illinois and will continue to support the work of this important community organization to ensure equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people throughout the state.

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Corporate Responsibility Project Equality Illinois is dedicated to ensuring that every law firm operating in the State of Illinois provides a safe and fair work environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees. This spring, we conducted our seventh annual comprehensive survey of law firms doing business in Illinois to assess firms’ commitment to their LGBT attorneys and staff, as well as the firms’ engagement with the LGBT community at large. The Equality Illinois Law Firm Survey is unique in its exclusive focus on law firms. We believe that lawyers, as defenders of the law, need to be at the forefront of equal work environments for LGBT individuals. This focus also allows our survey to draw fair comparisons between respondents and tailor our survey to the unique needs of law firms operating in the State of Illinois. Although there are national surveys that measure many of the same indices as the Equality Illinois survey, ours necessarily sets a higher bar. Thanks to the hard work of Equality Illinois and many others, Illinois is one of eleven states in which sexual orientation and gender identity are protected classes in the workplace. In addition, the civil union law and other statewide administrative guidelines set a far higher bar in law than can be measured by a national index. This higher baseline puts Illinois employers ahead of the pack, but it also gives them a greater responsibility to push the envelope in securing truly LGBTinclusive policies in the workplace. As such, the Equality Illinois survey measures workplace equality in three categories: employment benefits, workplace diversity initiatives, and community relations. With the information gathered from the 2012 Equality Illinois Law Firm Survey, we have identified the law firms in Illinois that are leading the way to LGBT workplace equality. This year, we are honoring firms in three groups. In the first group are the firms that are Setting the Bar, having received perfect or near perfect scores in all three categories. In the second group are those firms that are Approaching the Bench, receiving perfect or near perfect scores in two of our three categories. In the third group are firms that are Taking a Stand, making positive strides towards LGBT equality in the workplace. Equality Illinois recognizes the outstanding achievements of law firms across the state, and we hope that highlighting these luminaries and their best practices will spur the development of fair LGBT policies at every firm. Equality Illinois will provide the tools for firms in the state to strengthen their LGBT-friendly policies in order to retain top talent and remain competitive. In this brochure, you will find a summary of the results from our 2012 survey, including statistics on law firms’ non-discrimination policies, workplace practices, and outreach to the LGBT community. We have included preliminary recommendations for fostering an LGBT-friendly environment. In addition to this summary, we have published the Law Firm Best Practices Manual with comprehensive policy recommendations which we continue to distribute in firms and practices nationwide. Thank you to all the law firms that participated in the 2012 Equality Illinois Law Firm Survey! RAISING THE BAR

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This spring, Equality Illinois mailed the 2012 Equality Illinois Law Firm Survey to the 150 largest firms doing business in the state of Illinois. The survey included questions on law firm personnel policies, civil union and same-sex partner benefits, diversity trainings, and engagement with the LGBT community at large, among other practices. We collected samples of the best practices relating to non-discrimination policies and same-sex partner benefits, as well as any other materials related to LGBT community involvement and office culture.

“Equality is not a concept. It’s a necessity.”

Dykema proudly embraces diversity. It’s a vital component of our corporate DNA. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion ensures that all—regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion or disability—are welcomed and valued. A culture based on dignity and respect enables us, and our clients, to explore issues from a variety of viewpoints, and to learn from one another in ways a less diverse workforce might never discover.

Using the information provided by the responding law firms, Equality Illinois scored the firms based on how welcoming and equitable their policies are to LGBT employees. We applaud the firms leading the way towards LGBT workplace equality, and honor the firms with a strengthening commitment to workplace equality. These firms are being recognized before their colleagues at the annual Lawyers for Diversity Barbeque and throughout the year at our various events.

To learn more about Dykema and its diversity initiatives, we invite you to contact Sherrie Farrell, Diversity Committee Chair, at sfarrell@dykema.com. Inclusion that inspires. Dykema delivers.

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Promoting Diversity for Our Clients' Success At Bryan Cave, we believe that diversity makes us a better firm and enables us to provide superior results for our clients. We join Equality Illinois in celebrating diversity in our firm, the legal profession and our communities. www.bryancave.com

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Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie advises many of the world’s most dynamic and successful business organizations through more than 3,800 locally qualified lawyers and over 5,800 professional staff in 70 offices in 43 countries. Baker & McKenzie is known for having a deep understanding of the language and culture of business, an uncompromising commitment to excellence, and world-class fluency in its client service. “We are proud of the diversity among our lawyers and staff. Our global organization has created an environment which is respectful of all races, colors, religions, ethnicities and sexual orientations.” - Lisa Gates, Diversity Chair, Chicago Office, Baker & McKenzie

Bryan Cave LLP (www.bryancave.com) has a diversified international legal practice. The firm represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Subsidiaries Bryan Cave International Trade and Bryan Cave Strategies provide trade and customs consultancy and government relations and strategic counsel, respectively. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s more than 1,000 lawyers and other professionals in 26 offices across the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia efficiently serve clients’ needs in the world’s leading business and financial market. “We are honored to be named among the most LGBT friendly firms in Illinois. We are proud to be part of this thriving legal community. And, we are excited at the rapid progress we see and help happen every day for LGBT families across the country.”

Chapman and Cutler LLP was founded in Chicago in 1913 as a law firm focused on finance. Today the firm represents market participants in all aspects of banking, public finance, and corporate finance and securities, and is nationally recognized for developing innovative legal solutions to complex financial transactions. We are engaged in a widely diversified practice, and to meet the needs of our clients, we believe in harnessing the diverse perspectives of our people. “At Chapman and Cutler, we believe that not only is fostering a diverse and inclusive environment the right thing to do, it is the necessary thing to do to maintain a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace. We believe that a diverse workforce increases our creativity, heightens the quality of our thinking, and enables us to provide useful counsel on the complex and sophisticated issues facing our clients.”

DLA Piper is a global law firm with 4,200 lawyers in 31 countries and 77 offices throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Our core practices include Corporate and Finance, Litigation, Intellectual Property and Technology, Real Estate, Government Affairs and Tax. Our values include a commitment to our people, our communities and our clients and diversity and inclusion are an integral part of that commitment. “At DLA Piper, we are committed to developing a culture that is inclusive of all, where individual diversity is valued and everyone has the opportunity to succeed. This, of course, includes our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender personnel. This commitment to diversity and inclusion is key to our success as a firm and it defines who we are.” -Genhi Givings Bailey, Director of Diversity & Inclusion

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Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 11 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter http://twitter.com/Dykema. “Dykema is proud to have created and maintained a work environment that’s open and welcoming to all.” - Peter M. Kellett, Chairman and CEO

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is a 125-year-old full-service, business-minded, Am Law 100 firm. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts is an integral part of our business model and continues to be a natural extension of our abiding interest in ensuring that the two of them operate in tandem. Our efforts create a more vibrant firm of diverse perspectives and contributes to our ability to provide clients with the highest quality of legal services. Learn more about our efforts at Diversity. edwardswildman.com “Edwards Wildman is honored to be recognized by Equality Illinois, which reflects our long-standing commitment to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights in the workplace and on pro bono matters,” said Matthew McTygue, Partner and leader of the firm’s GBLT Affinity Group. “Our firm is an inclusive workplace because it is the right thing to do and because it is good for our business and clients.”

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1750 attorneys serving clients from 35 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In the U.S., the firm has more offices than any other among the Top 10 on The National Law Journal’s 2012 NLJ 250. For additional information, please visit www.gtlaw.com. “Promoting diversity isn’t just the right thing to do, it makes us a better law firm. We want to bring in great talents from all walks of life, and creating a welcoming and fully inclusive workplace for LGBT lawyers and staff is essential to make that goal a reality.” - Gregory E. Ostfeld, Shareholder

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a full-service national law firm providing coordinated legal services across the United States, as well as regionally and locally. Hinshaw lawyers represent businesses, governmental entities and individuals in complex litigation, regulatory and transactional matters. Founded in 1934, the firm has approximately 500 attorneys in 24 offices located in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, and Oregon. “Hinshaw is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive culture and environment for our diverse workforce. Our efforts are developed and furthered with an eye towards promoting full equality within the firm and enhancing our ability to deliver excellent results for our clients.” - Todd Young, Partner and Chair, GLBT Affinity Group

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Equality Illinois We are proud to be one of the top law firms in Illinois setting the bar by leading the way to LGBT equality. Thank you Equality Illinois for this recognition. To learn more about our global law firm, please visit klgates.com.


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CMYK – 55.30.20.50 Jenner & Block is a national law firm with 450 attorneys and offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. Annually recognized in Equality Illinois’ Law Firm Survey, the Firm has a longstanding tradition of supporting LGBT civil rights and handling LGBT civil liberties cases on a pro bono basis, including the landmark Lawrence v. Texas case. The Firm has received a 100% perfect rating on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for seven years. “We are pleased to be recognized by Equality Illinois as one of the top LGBT-friendly law firms in Illinois,” said Susan C. Levy, Jenner & Block’s Managing Partner. “This recognition reflects the Firm’s longstanding commitment to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace environment and furthering LGBT civil rights.”

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 600 attorneys in locations across the United States, London and Shanghai. Clients seeking sophisticated, highvalue legal services turn to us for counsel locally, nationally and internationally. Our core areas of practice are corporate, financial services, insolvency and restructuring, litigation, real estate, commercial finance, intellectual property and trusts and estates. “Katten is honored to be recognized by Equality Illinois. Our commitment to equal treatment of LGBT attorneys and staff extends beyond the workday—not only do we treat our LGBT employees as equals, we support equality through sponsorships and volunteer opportunities at local and national LGBT and human rights organizations.”

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TOGETHER Nixon Peabody is proud to beALEADERINDIVERSITY Our emphasis on inclusion and collaboration enhances our effectiveness and makes our firm an attractive place to be. We join Equality Illinois in supporting equal rights for the LGBT community.

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McDermott Will & Emery is committed to a culture that values and nurtures diversity. A culture of diversity helps us bring the best, broadest and most innovative ideas and approaches to client service. To meet our commitment, we have established diversity programs and practices, among them, our award-winning LGBT Diversity Committee. Lead by Lisa A. Linsky Trial Partner in our NY office, the Committee has been instrumental in the implementation of cutting edge workplace policies and practices which extend benefits to our LGBT attorneys and staff. “We are truly honored to be recognized by Equality Illinois for our commitment to LGBT Workplace equality and inclusion both within the Firm and the broader LGBT community. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Equality Illinois and working to ensure the dignity and civil rights of all LGBT citizens living in Illinois.”

Building a diverse team of attorneys is a core value at Morgan Lewis, and is part of our strategic focus. Morgan Lewis is committed – through our actions and by working with our clients and others in the profession – to continue to drive our diversity and inclusion efforts. When we provide teams of lawyers to support our clients’ legal needs, diversity is just as essential a consideration as industry knowledge, costeffective staffing, and personal chemistry. “Our firm will be most successful if we are able to attract and retain the most talented people and permit them to work in an organization that is motivating and supportive. Our goal is to create a welcoming environment where anyone with talent, energy and desire can succeed.” - Francis M. Milone, Chair

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP is a Chicago law firm whose lawyers share a culture of teamwork and devotion to personalized client service to advance clients’ business interests throughout the U.S. and beyond. Our lawyers provide legal business solutions to public and private entities of all types in connection with domestic and global business transactions and litigation. Our client base reflects a number of Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions, nonprofits and high net worth individuals. “Neal Gerber Eisenberg is proud to again be recognized by Equality Illinois as one of the top Illinois law firms Setting the Bar by leading the way to LGBT equality,” said William Choslovsky, partner and co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. “This honor underscores our ongoing commitment to the LGBT community specifically and to diversity in general. We recognize that diversity is a vital component of our culture, strategic planning and overall well-being.”

Nixon Peabody LLP helps clients navigate complex challenges in litigation, real estate, corporate law, and finance. With approximately 700 attorneys throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, the firm employs innovative approaches to help clients anticipate and capture opportunities, prepare for and manage risks, protect intellectual property, and forecast and overcome obstacles. Nixon Peabody is committed to its clients, its communities, and the diverse professionals who have helped make it a “Best Law Firm” and a “Best Place to Work.” “In having a diverse work environment, we are better able to respond to the varying challenges faced by our clients,” said Janet Garetto, Managing Partner of Nixon Peabody LLP’s Chicago office. “As we aspire to become a national leader in workplace diversity, we are honored to have been recognized by Equality Illinois among those ‘Setting the Bar’ for inclusive workplaces.”


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With more than 850 lawyers in 16 offices across the United States and in China, Perkins Coie is a leading international law firm and represents thousands of great companies across all industries and stages of growth—from start-ups to FORTUNE 50 public companies. Perkins Coie’s 100year tradition of partnering with our clients to build great companies has earned our firm the privilege of representing industry-leading clients such as Amazon.com, Microsoft, Boeing, Intel, Google, Starbucks and Honeywell, to name just a few. “We are proud to be a leader in supporting equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Illinois. Perkins Coie shares in Equality Illinois’ commitment to the values of inclusiveness, respect and fairness.” - Debra Bernard, Partner, Chair of GLBT Affinity Group

At Quarles & Brady, we find common ground in our experiences, expertise, and perspectives, giving us an unparalleled ability to provide innovative results and address client needs with uncommon vision. We offer mentoring, incentives and open doors so our lawyers enjoy professional success with first-rate clients. Quarles is a friend of Equality Illinois and goes the extra mile to support the LGBT community. Our LGBT Friendly Policies include Domestic Partner Benefits and Salary “Gross-Up.” “Quarles & Brady has created a workplace where the baseline is one of fairness and inclusivity, and has implemented policies and procedures directly impacting LGBT attorneys and staff, including providing salary “gross-up” and domestic partner benefits. Our Firm strives to ensure that LGBT attorneys and staff are fully and fairly integrated into the Firm and that we are cognizant of our LGBT clients.” - George Marek, Partner, LGBT Affinity Group Chair

Reed Smith LLP is a global law firm focused on client service and relationships. With more than 1600 lawyers, and 23 offices spanning the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, we are a firm as diverse as the continents across which we practice and the clients we serve. Though we work from multiple locations, our lawyers and staff are linked by much more than technology. We are united by a culture that is defined by a firm-wide commitment to professional development, teamwork, diversity and inclusion, and pro bono and community service. “Reed Smith is a leader in providing equal treatment for our LGBT lawyers and staff not only because it is the right thing to do, but because inclusion of all people is core to our culture and we understand the positive impact it has on the people of Reed Smith and our provision of legal services,” said Tyree Jones, Reed Smith’s Director of Global Diversity. “Equality Illinois’ recognition of our firm’s inclusion efforts helps sustain Reed Smith’s commitment to maintaining a workplace that welcomes and supports everyone.”

Schiff Hardin LLP is a general practice law firm representing clients across the United States and around the world. We have offices located in Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Lake Forest, New York, San Francisco and Washington. Our attorneys are strong advocates and trusted advisers - roles that contribute to many lasting client relationships. “We are gratified to be recognized by Equality Illinois once again this year, as our law firm continues to receive an increasing number of local, regional, and national awards for inclusiveness and diversity. We are proud of providing our LGBT lawyers and staff a workplace that is both diverse and inclusive and equally proud of our ongoing tradition of pro bono work and support on behalf of LGBT individuals and organizations during the course of the past three decades.” -Clay Tillack, chair of Schiff Hardin’s LGBT Diversity Subcommittee

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Sedgwick LLP is an international litigation and business law firm that provides counseling, risk management, litigation management, trial, appellate and transactional legal services to sophisticated corporate clients. Founded in 1933 as a three-person firm in San Francisco, Sedgwick now has more than 370 attorneys in offices around the world. Sedgwick’s collective experience spans the globe and virtually every industry.

Sidley is a premier law firm with a practice highly attuned to the ever-changing international landscape. The firm has built a reputation for being a powerful legal adviser for global businesses, with approximately 1,700 lawyers in 18 offices worldwide. Sidley maintains a commitment to providing quality legal services and to offering advice in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters spanning virtually every area of law.

“At Sedgwick, our acknowledgement and appreciation for diversity starts at the top and extends throughout the firm. Our firm leaders have fostered an inclusive work environment and many years ago began implementing

“We are able to show leadership in LGBT equality, because our commitment to all forms of diversity is embraced both by senior management and by our partnership as a whole,” says Carter Phillips, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Co-Chair Tom Cole adds, “This attitude is reflected in recruiting and mentoring, in the selection of colleagues for leadership positions and in policies such as adjusting compensation to offset federal taxes imposed on same-gender partners for health insurance coverage.” Serving clients in every major international financial

training and HR policies that demonstrate that support for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender attorneys and staff.” -James Holmes, partner and chair, LGBT Action Committee

At Seyfarth Shaw, we offer a broad national platform to serve our clients’ changing business and legal needs. With over 800 attorneys across the U.S. and in London, the firm provides a broad range of legal services in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate, employee benefits, labor & employment, and real estate. Seyfarth Shaw is deeply committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion. We are dedicated to being a firm of choice for lawyers, employees, and clients who value diversity. “Seyfarth Shaw has a strong commitment to fostering and developing relationships with the LGBT community. We strive to promote workplace equality for every employee at our firm, and we are honored that our efforts have been recognized by Equality Illinois.” -Gerald L. Pauling II, Chicago Partner and National Diversity Action Team Co-Chair

center, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates is one of the leading law firms in the world, with 23 offices and close to 1800 attorneys. Our diversified practice enables us to offer solutions to the most challenging legal issues in virtually every area of corporate law, providing the specific legal advice clients need to compete most effectively in a global business environment. Skadden received a perfect score of 100 percent on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index and was named one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” by the HRC in 2009, 2010 and 2011. “We are honored to be named among the most LGBT friendly firms in Illinois. Our commitment to the LGBT communities is central to the core values that are a fundamental component of Skadden’s success as a global law firm.”


SNR Denton is an international legal practice serving clients from more than 60 locations worldwide, through offices, associate firms and special alliances in the US, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, Asia Pacific and Africa. We offer our clients premier service in eight key industry sectors. For more information, visit snrdenton.com. “Diversity is a core value at SNR Denton. We are committed to promoting a professional environment that attracts, retains and promotes lawyers and staff of all backgrounds. For us, inclusiveness is a priority, and we are grateful to Equality Illinois for this important recognition.” ~ Mary G. Wilson, Managing Partner, SNR Denton’s Chicago office

Diversity and inclusiveness are core values at Winston & Strawn. Ours is a global practice that, we believe, should reflect the diverse world we serve. Inclusiveness adds depth to our lives, informs our work, and allows us to become more engaged as citizens of the larger community. We are pleased to be a leader among law firms, earning a 100% rating from the HRC and providing a tax gross-up payment for employees in same-sex partnerships as well as transgender-inclusive benefits. “We are honored to be named by Equality Illinois as one of the leading law firms doing business in Illinois. Diversity and inclusiveness are core values at Winston & Strawn. Ours is a global practice that, we believe, should reflect the diverse world that we serve. To us, diversity involves a commitment to understand, confront, and seek out differences. We are convinced that a sense of inclusiveness adds depth to our lives, informs our work within the firm and with clients, and allows us to become more engaged as citizens of the larger community. In sum, everyone benefits from a culture that recognizes and respects an inclusive workforce.” - Amanda L. Groves, Partner and Chair, Diversity Committee

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We are proud to support Equality Illinois and its mission to secure, protect and defend equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.


Count on Us. Count on More. As a full-service law firm, we offer an unmatched depth of integrated resources and talented attorneys and professionals who can anticipate and respond to today’s ever-changing business challenges. Clark Hill proudly supports Equality Illinois and its efforts toward LGBT workplace equality. 800.949.3124 | clarkhill.com

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As a law firm that embraces and strives for diversity, Foley is proud to support Equality Illinois and its efforts to promote LGBT equality.

I am Foley.

» Partner, Appellate, Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations, and Antitrust » Former chair, Appellate » Board member, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois

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» Member, Foley’s LGBTA Affinity Group

I am a leader.

» Provides pro bono advocacy and representation on LGBT related matters

I am a mentor. I am involved.

» Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers® list (2005, 2006, 2008 – 2012) and an Illinois “Leading Lawyer” by Leading Lawyers Network (2007 – 2011)

» Associate, Labor & Employment and Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution

I am Foley. John L. Litchfield I am committed. I am an advocate. I am the future.

» President, Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago » Recipient, National LGBT Bar Association’s Best LGBT Lawyer Under 40 Award (2011) » Former law clerk to Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias » Former federal judicial extern to the Honorable Judge Ronald Guzman in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois » Member, Foley’s LGBTA Affinity Group

Our people are the Foley difference. Learn more about the difference our people can make for you. Contact David at dgoroff@foley.com or John at jlitchfield@foley.com, or visit us online at Foley.com.

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Foley provides award-winning business and legal insight to clients across the country and around the world. Our exceptional client service, thought-leadership, value, and innovative technology are continually recognized by our clients and the legal industry. Foley’s client-focused, industry-specific approach enables us to provide comprehensive, customized, and high-value legal solutions that help you meet your needs today — and anticipate your challenges tomorrow. "Foley & Lardner LLP is proud of its commitment to supporting and advancing LGBT diversity in the workplace. We are honored to be recognized by Equality Illinois for our commitment to equality and inclusiveness." - John Litchfield, Chicago Litigation Attorney, President, Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago

Latham & Watkins is dedicated to working with clients to help them achieve their business goals and overcome legal challenges anywhere in the world. With more than 30 offices, the firm's global platform is comprised of a single, integrated partnership focused on providing the most collaborative approach to client service. Clients depend on the firm's ability to find innovative solutions to complex business issues and the wide range of experience offered across practices, industries and regions.

"Mayer Brown is very proud to be recognized by Equality Illinois as a leader in creating an inclusive workplace for all of our LGBT colleagues, and we are committed to continuing to promote the civil rights of our LGBT friends and colleagues.” - Brian May, Partner and Co-Chair, Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

McGuireWoods LLP is an international law firm with more than 900 lawyers and 19 offices in the United States and Europe. Serving public, private, government and nonprofit clients, the firm continues its legacy of experience, inclusiveness and diversity. We are proud to be recognized once again this year by Equality Illinois as one of the top Illinois firms leading the way to LGBT inclusiveness in the workplace. "McGuireWoods is proud to be recognized as one of the top law firms in Illinois for leading the way on LGBT equality. We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all of our lawyers and staff and are honored that Equality Illinois recognizes our efforts," - Craig Culbertson, Chicago Office Managing Partner, said.

"Having a diverse population of lawyers and staff enables us to achieve greater success as a law firm and enhances our professional lives. Expanding that diversity is very important to us." - Ora Fisher, Partner, Vice Chair of the firm and Co-chair of the Diversity Committee

Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm advising clients across the Americas, Europe and Asia. The firm is known for its clientfocused approach to providing creative solutions to complex problems on behalf of businesses, governments and individuals. Mayer Brown is particularly renowned for its Supreme Court & Appellate, Litigation, Corporate & Securities, Finance, Real Estate and Tax practices. Mayer Brown serves many of the world’s largest companies, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, DAX and Hang Seng Index companies together with global leaders in major industries.

"I am delighted that my Firm has been chosen again for its work leading the way to LGBT equality in the legal industry. Congratulations to all the Firms who are being honored." – Ellen A. Yearwood

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Aronberg Goldgehn Salutes Equality Illinois Aronberg Goldgehn is proud to support Equality Illinois and its mission to secure, protect and defend equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Illinois.

Aronberg Goldgehn 330 N. Wabash Suite 1700 Chicago, IL 60611 312.828.9600 For more information, please visit us at www.agdglaw.com.


TAKING A STAND Founded in 1892, Aronberg Goldgehn is one of the oldest law firms in Chicago providing representation to businesses, families and individuals in practice areas such as Banking, Labor & Employment, Real Estate, Taxation, Estate Planning, Business Formation and Transactions, Commercial Litigation, Insurance, and Family Law. Aronberg Goldgehn embraces a personal approach to the practice of law. The firm’s attorneys take time to get to know clients personally, tailoring service to specific needs of each case.

Franczek Radelet provides a personal approach and exceptional value. We provide exceptional value by focusing on a few areas of law—labor, employment and education—and doing them exceedingly well. We are unconditionally committed to the goal of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Our commitment includes fostering an environment where LGBT employees have the opportunity to thrive. We fully support those who wish to self-identify as well as those who wish to uphold their right to privacy.

“At Aronberg Goldgehn, our personal approach to the practice of law applies both internally and externally, and we view a commitment to diversity in the workplace as an extremely important component of that approach. As we celebrate the firm’s 120-year anniversary, we understand the vital role of a welcoming and supportive work environment, and we are very honored to be recognized by Equality Illinois for our dedication to LGBT inclusion.”

“We are honored to be recognized by Equality Illinois as one of law firms leading the way to LGBT equality,” comment Michael J. Hernandez, Firm Diversity Officer at Franczek Radelet. “This recognition is a direct result of our commitment as a firm—from the top down—to create a workplace where each of our attorneys and employees has the ability to succeed while being their self.”

– Christopher J. Bannon, Co-Managing Member.

Clark Hill PLC is a full service law firm that provides business legal services, government & public affairs, and personal legal services to our clients throughout the country. With offices in Arizona, Illinois, Michigan and Washington, DC, Clark Hill has more than 200 attorneys and professionals. For more information on our firm and our services, visit www.clarkhill.com. “As a growing firm with international reach and global clients, Clark Hill PLC understands the importance of a diverse and inclusive culture. Clark Hill PLC believes in promoting diversity and inclusion in our firm, fostering a collegial and respectful working environment in which each person is encouraged and supported to reach his or her highest potential. Clark Hill PLC will continue to aggressively pursue workplace equality for all, including members of the LBGT community.”

Goldberg Kohn is a midsized Chicago law firm where talented, energetic and committed attorneys enjoy the rewards of a sophisticated, commercial law practice without falling victim to the internal competition that often characterizes large firm life. Established in 1976, the firm’s practice has increased on a national and international scope and the firm is proud to rank among the finest firms in the Chicago legal community. Please visit www.goldbergkohn.com for more information. “Goldberg Kohn believes that to succeed in the long term the principal motivation behind a diversity initiative must be a focus on creating a vibrant culture in which attorneys of all backgrounds can thrive. The firm is committed to building an environment that contributes in important ways to all facets of community life and reflects the diversity of Chicago.” -Oscar L. Alcantara, Principal in the Litigation Group and Chair of the Goldberg Kohn Diversity Committee

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BUILDING BRIDGES TO A BETTER TOMORROW DLA Piper salutes Equality Illinois for helping bridge the gap in equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Illinois. Your efforts are helping to make Illinois a more unified and inclusive community. When it matters to our communities, it matters to us.

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Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP is ranked as one of the top intellectual property boutique law firms in the country, and protects, enforces and transfers clients’ intellectual property worldwide. 500 corporations, small to mid-sized DEDICATEDFortune TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSIONand inventors turn to Marshall, companies, non-profits Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP recognizes Gerstein & Borun for comprehensive IP solutions tailored to that diverse backgrounds and different perspectives benefit our work environment their needs. The Firm is repeatedly ranked by Chambers & by making it more vibrant and innovative. The collective Partners asstrength oneof our of differences the top IP boutiques, best recognized for enables us to better serve our clients and create enduring relationships with eachcopyright protection and litigation. patents, trademark and other and our community. We are proud to be recognized by Equality Illinois for our efforts.

“Marshall, Gerstein & Borun embraces diversity in all its Focus. Perspective. Depth. forms, and that includes embracing its LGBT employees and the233LGBT community The firm has demonstrated South Wacker Drive  6300 Willis at Towerlarge. Chicago, Illinois 60606 T 312.474.6300  F 312.474.0448 our commitment to diversity by our internal policies and by www.marshallip.com supporting organizations, including Equality Illinois, that fight for equal rights for and on behalf of the LGBT community.”

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Equality Illinois as one of the top Illinois law firms Taking a Stand by leading the way to LGBT equality.

Franczek Radelet provides a personal approach and exceptional value. We provide exceptional value by focusing on a few areas of law— labor, employment and education—and doing them exceedingly well. We are unconditionally committed to the goal of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Our commitment includes fostering an environment where LGBT employees have the opportunity to thrive. We fully support those who wish to self-identify as well as those who wish to uphold their right to privacy.

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WHERE LAW FIRMS STAND

Personnel Policies • 1  00% of responding firms have an EEO policy or non-discrimination policy that expressly includes sexual orientation. This is the first year in the history of our survey that all participating firms met this standard. • 92% of responding firms have an EEO policy or non-discrimination policy that includes gender identity and/or gender expression • 50% of responding firms already have gender transition guidelines, a recently-recognized policy need, up from 47% last year

Insurance Coverage • 7  4% of responding firms offer an insurance plan that covers treatment for gender identity related treatments, a recently recognized insurance benefit need, up from only 40% last year

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 2% of responding firms have a diversity council or workgroup with a mission that includes LGBT issues 9 89% of responding firms actively recruit/hire LGBT lawyers 74% of responding firms offer diversity training that includes sexual orientation and/or gender identity Diversity 71% of responding firms have an LGBT affinity group that focuses on LGBT legal issues and clients

Community Outreach • • • •

 0% of responding firms financially support LGBT organizations 9 80% of responding firms financially sponsor LGBT community events 71% of responding firms specifically market to the LGBT community 68% of responding firms do pro bono work on LGBT issues

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is honored to be recognized by

Equality Illinois as one of the top Illinois law firms leading the way to LGBT equality Goldberg Kohn is focused on creating a vibrant culture in which attorneys of all backgrounds can thrive

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Based on the results of the 2012 Equality Illinois Law Firm Survey, we have developed a comprehensive Best Practices Manual to assist law firms in implementing LGBT-friendly workplace policies. The Best Practices Manual provides a step-by-step guide for implementing the recommendations in this brochure, as well as in-depth recommendations for long-term LGBT-friendly workplace practices. With the help of Equality Illinois Best Practices Manual, law firms across the state have access to: • Advice on welcoming workplace policies from practicing LGBT attorneys • Recommendations for creating domestic partnership benefit packages • Guidelines to for supporting transitioning employees; and • Examples of LGBT-friendly policies that have been successfully implemented by law firms in Illinois • And much more

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Building Diverse Communities Greenberg Traurig is honored to support Equality Illinois and its mission to secure, protect and defend equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Illinois. We are proud to be ranked as one of the ten most LGBT-friendly firms doing business in Illinois. ALBANY | AMSTERDAM | ATLANTA | AUSTIN | BOSTON | CHICAGO | DALLAS | DELAWARE | DENVER | FT. LAUDERDALE | HOUSTON | LAS VEGAS | LONDON* LOS ANGELES | MEXICO CITY+ | MIAMI | NEW JERSEY | NEW YORK | ORANGE COUNTY | ORLANDO | PALM BEACH COUNTY | PHILADELPHIA | PHOENIX | SACRAMENTO SAN FRANCISCO | SHANGHAI | SILICON VALLEY | TALLAHASSEE | TAMPA | TEL AVIV | TYSONS CORNER | WARSAW~ | WASHINGTON, D.C. | WHITE PLAINS

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The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and our experience. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Greenberg Traurig is a service mark and trade name of Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Greenberg Traurig, P.A. ©2012 Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Attorneys at Law. All rights reserved. Contact: Greg Ostfeld in Chicago at 312.456.8400. °These numbers are subject to fluctuation. *Operates as Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP. +Operates as Greenberg Traurig, S.C. ^Operates as a branch of Greenberg Traurig, P.A., Florida, USA. ~Greenberg Traurig’s Warsaw office is operated by Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp.k., an affiliate of Greenberg Traurig, P.A. and Greenberg Traurig, LLP. >>Greenberg Traurig is not responsible for any legal or other services rendered by attorneys employed by the Strategic Alliance firm. 14881


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NINE HABITS OF HIGHLY-SCORING FIRMS

And easy steps every firm can take right away to be LGBT-friendly… 1. Implement a non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity and expression 2. Publicize your non-discrimination policy to law students, prospective and current employees, clients, and the public 3. Recruit LGBT employees by attending LGBT conferences and diversity fairs and by reaching out to LGBT organizations, such as the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC) 4. Promote  an LGBT-friendly office culture by using appropriate language (for example, including “partners” along with “spouses” on firm event invitations) and supporting an LGBT affinity group 5. Include LGBT issues in your mandatory diversity training 6. Respect transgender and gender-transitioning employees by using appropriate names and personal pronouns and having a gender-neutral dress code 7. Collaborate with LGBT organizations on community events 8. Encourage professional development by paying membership fees for LGBT legal associations and providing LGBT-friendly mentors 9. Offer a “gross-up” benefit to employees with same-sex partners to compensate for the adverse treatmentby federal tax laws


Equality, Inclusion and Diversity Workplace equality. An inclusive culture. A diverse workforce. These are guiding principles at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. With almost 500 attorneys in 24 offices nationwide, we have many opportunities to test these principles on a daily basis, as we've done every day since the firm's founding in 1934. We feel these principles contribute to our ability to provide innovative and creative solutions that address our clients’ needs. We salute Equality Illinois for its efforts to ensure a safe and fair work environment for LGBT employees.

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Equality Illinois for our commitment to

LGBT Workplace Equality Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP 222 North LaSalle Street, Suite 300 Chicago, Illinois 60601 312-704-3000 info@hinshawlaw.com www.hinshawlaw.com Arizona „ California „ Florida „ Illinois „ Indiana „ Massachusetts Minnesota „ Missouri „ New York „ Oregon „ Rhode Island „ Wisconsin


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PARTNER BENEFIT AND COMPENSATION Health, welfare, and retirement benefits are vital in recruiting and retaining top talent. Offering benefits to domestic and civil union partners of employees sends a message that the firm values all of its employees equally. As of June 1, 2011, employers must treat their employees in civil unions in the same way as married employees. See below for a list of common benefits available to both same-sex partners and married partners. o Health o Dental o Vision o Dependents’ medical coverage o COBRA/benefits continuation o FMLA/comparable benefits o Bereavement leave o Supplemental life insurance o Relocation assistance o Adoption assistance o Retiree health care o Pension plan benefits o Retirement benefits o Survivors’ benefits o Tuition assistant to spouse and children o Counseling services o Employee discounts

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Latham & Watkins is honored to be recognized as a top Illinois law firm by Equality Illinois for 2012. Our commitment to equal opportunity enables us to draw from a remarkable wealth of talent to recruit and retain the best lawyers, professional staff and paralegals to create one of the world’s leading law firms. Abu Dhabi

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Proud to be creating change

Cherie Song and Sabrina Beldner, associates at McGuireWoods, are members of the firm’s LGBT lawyers affinity group.

McGuireWoods LLP is proud to be recognized by Equality Illinois as a law firm doing business in Illinois with a growing commitment to LGBT equality. We appreciate our LGBT lawyers and staff who have helped us receive this honor and we salute Equality Illinois for its efforts.

Michael W. Graff Jr., Firmwide Chair of McGuireWoods LGBT Affinity Group 703.712.5110 | mgraff@mcguirewoods.com 1750 Tysons Boulevard | Suite 1800 | Tysons Corner, VA 22102 www.mcguirewoods.com


the diversity committee Co-Chairs

Grace E. Speights Larry L. Turner

different perspectives At Morgan Lewis, we value differences — in the types of work we do, the clients we partner with, the lawyers who make up our practices, and the perspectives we apply to today’s business challenges.

director of diversity Ara A. Tucker 215.963.4655 atucker@morganlewis.com www.morganlewis.com

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Perkins Coie is honored to be recognized as a leading law firm for LGBT workplace equality. We strongly promote inclusion and advocate for the success of LGBT attorneys in our firm and the legal profession. At Perkins Coie, we believe diversity is essential to providing the best solutions to clients. It is a key ingredient to our success.

Celebrating 10 years in Chicago CONTACT: Debra R. Bernard, Partner

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At Quarles & Brady,

every person counts, every day.

Quarles & Brady proudly stands with Equality Illinois. Our commitment is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for attorneys and staff, and to fine tune our internal programs and policies to address the needs of our LGBT personnel.

For more information about our law firm and the services we provide, contact Janine Landow-Esser, Diversity Committee Co-Chair janine.landow-esser@quarles.com or (312) 715-5055 300 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 4000, Chicago, Illinois 60654

Common Ground. Uncommon Vision.

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Our business is built on diverse relationships. As a law firm committed to diversity, Reed Smith is proud to have been recognized for its LGBT inclusiveness by Equality Illinois. To learn more, visit diversity.reedsmith.com.

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Diversity at Seyfarth Individual by nature. Bound by character.

At Seyfarth Shaw, we believe that diversity—in terms of people, perspectives and experiences—can create more innovative solutions and greater contributions from everyone.

Seyfarth Shaw is honored to be recognized by Equality Illinois as a Leading Law Firm for our achievements and commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality. Seyfarth Shaw has over 800 attorneys located in 10 offices throughout the United States, including: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., as well as internationally in London. Seyfarth Shaw provides a broad range of legal services in the areas of labor and employment, employee benefits, litigation, corporate and real estate. The firm’s clients include over 300 of the Fortune 500 companies, and our practice reflects virtually every industry and segment of the economy.

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Equality is a policy that has long been woven into our culture. We were one of the first large law firms to grant parity in healthcare, leave and other employee benefits for same-sex domestic partners. This was followed by adding gender identity to our non-discrimination policy.

For us, the verdict was in long ago.

To bolster our efforts in raising the bar for equality, in 2010, we launched a Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship initiative for second-year LGBT and minority law students. This year, we began adjusting compensation to offset federal taxes imposed on same-gender partners for health coverage. We are proud to be selected by Equality Illinois as among the top Illinois law firms for leading the way to LGBT equality.

Sidley Austin LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership which operates at the firm’s offices other than Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Dallas, London, Hong Kong, Houston, Singapore and Sydney, is affiliated with other partnerships, including Sidley Austin LLP, an Illinois limited liability partnership (Chicago); Sidley Austin (NY) LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership (New York); Sidley Austin (CA) LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palo Alto); Sidley Austin (TX) LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership (Dallas, Houston); Sidley Austin LLP, a separate Delaware limited liability partnership (London); Sidley Austin LLP, a separate Delaware limited liability partnership (Singapore); Sidley Austin, a New York general partnership (Hong Kong); Sidley Austin, a Delaware general partnership of registered foreign lawyers restricted to practicing foreign law (Sydney); and Sidley Austin Nishikawa Foreign Law Joint Enterprise (Tokyo). The affiliated partnerships are referred to herein collectively as Sidley Austin, Sidley, or the firm. Attorney Advertising. For purposes of compliance with New York State Bar rules, Sidley Austin LLP’s headquarters are 787 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019, 212.839.5300 and One South Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60603, 312.853.7000. Prior results described herein do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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Winning ideas

come from diverse sources. SNR Denton’s Chicago office is proud to be

Setting the Bar and Leading the Way to LBGT Equality

SNR Denton is an international legal practice serving clients from more than 60 locations worldwide, through offices, associate firms and special alliances in the US, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, Asia Pacific and Africa. We offer our clients premier service in eight key industry sectors. For more information, visit snrdenton.com.

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Thank you.

Thank you, Equality Illinois. We salute your efforts to secure, protect and defend the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Illinois. Congratulations to our fellow honorees.

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Mayer Brown is a global legal services organization comprising legal practices that are separate entities (the “Mayer Brown Practices”). The Mayer Brown Practices are: Mayer Brown LLP, a limited liability partnership established in the United States; Mayer Brown International LLP, a limited liability partnership incorporated in England and Wales; and JSM, a Hong Kong partnership, and its associated entities in Asia. The Mayer Brown Practices are known as Mayer Brown JSM in Asia. “Mayer Brown” and the Mayer Brown logo are the trademarks of the Mayer Brown Practices in their respective jurisdictions.


IN MEMORIAM We, at Equality Illinois, have lost too many friends in the past year, but in particular we want to recognize the loss of Jeremy Davis. Jeremy was a great friend and supporter of the equality movement and our community. We will miss him. We would like to thank all of the following individuals, as well as the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago Foundation, who made generous contributions in Jeremy’s memory. These contributions will enable us to educate more individuals about LGBT acceptance and equality in more parts of the state. Thank you. Kate Aseltyne Thomas Braham & Gregory Zinkl Teresa Carpenter & Greg Wasserman Min Cho Dana Connelly Keith Etherington & Sean Port Ross Feldmann & Lagretta Nickles Matthew Fessenden & Ernie Kimlin Christopher Fleck Nick Furtwengler & Dan Madariaga Jason Gosnell Dawn & Ryan Grimes Malcolm Harsch & Matthew Killen April & William Jensen Kat Meloney Kimberly & Eric Sledgister Nicole Thomas

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DEDICATED TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSION Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP recognizes that diverse backgrounds and different perspectives benefit our work environment by making it more vibrant and innovative. The collective strength of our differences enables us to better serve our clients and create enduring relationships with each other and our community. We are proud to be recognized by Equality Illinois for our efforts. Focus. Perspective. Depth.

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