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SmithAmundsen embraces the diverse perspectives and experiences that exist within the legal profession and is dedicated to nurturing a culturally rich, collaborative and inclusive working environment. Our goal is to enhance recruiting and mentoring efforts, and to empower members of the firm to become active and engaged in their communities. We aim to provide the resources necessary to remain competitive and relevant in an evolving global marketplace.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER Justice Mary Jane Theis

Mary Jane Theis is a Justice on the Illinois Supreme Court. Justice Theis earned her B.A. at Loyola University Chicago in 1971, and her J.D. in 1974 from the University of San Francisco, School of Law. After graduating from law school, Justice Theis was an Assistant Public Defender in Cook County from 1974-83. Justice Theis began her storied career in the judiciary in 1983, when she was appointed as an Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County. In 1988, she was elected as a Circuit Judge, where she was assigned to the Criminal and Chancery Divisions. In 1993, Justice Theis was appointed to the Appellate Court, First District, and she was elected to the Appellate Court in 1994. In 2010, Justice Theis was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court upon the retirement of Chief Justice Fitzgerald, and she won reelection in 2012. Justice Theis has taught at a number of judicial education programs, and at legal institutions such as Loyola University School of Law and Northwestern University School of Law. She has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Judges Association. Justice Theis is married to John T. Theis; they have two children and four grandchildren.

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WELCOME Dear Colleagues: This publication recognizes law firms that are leading the way with regard to creating a welcoming and affirming workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. The past year has brought numerous victories for the LGBT community, from winning additional legal protections for LGBT people in our state to marriage equality nationwide. While these advances have been crucial in creating a fair world for those who identify as LGBT, there are many additional steps to creating a workplace environment where LGBT employees can flourish. This requires taking affirmative steps to create an inclusive and supportive community – both within your workplace and in society at large. Employees’ commitment and productivity at work are directly connected to the employer’s commitment to its employees. In light of the current developments in the judicial, executive, and administrative levels, LGBT issues are at the forefront of the legal landscape. The ways in which law firms–as institutions that make the practice of law their business–respond to their LGBT coworkers and staff are critical in assessing progress in diversity and inclusive workplace practices. We want to honor the law firms that have taken the initiative to raise the bar by which other firms and companies can be measured towards LGBT inclusivity. If you would like more information, Equality Illinois is committed to supporting you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, suggestions or requests for materials and resources. Together, we can build a better Illinois.

Sincerely yours,

Bernard Cherkasov, Esq. Chief Executive Officer

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Thompson Coburn LLP Proudly Supports

EQUALITY ILLINOIS Thank you for recognizing our firm as one of the top Illinois law firms for LGBT inclusiveness and equality.

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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 ninth 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, 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 LGBT-inclusive 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 2015 Equality Illinois Law Firm Survey, we have identified the law firms in Illinois that are leading the way to LGBT workplace equality. 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 2015 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 Corporate 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 2015 Equality Illinois Law Firm Survey!

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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 provider comprising legal practices that are separate entities (the “Mayer Brown Practices”). The Mayer Brown Practices are: Mayer Brown LLP and Mayer Brown Europe – Brussels LLP, both limited liability partnerships established in Illinois USA; Mayer Brown International LLP, a limited liability partnership incorporated in England and Wales (authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and registered in England and Wales number OC 303359); Mayer Brown, a SELAS established in France; Mayer Brown JSM, a Hong Kong partnership and its associated entities in Asia; and Tauil & Chequer Advogados, a Brazilian law partnership with which Mayer Brown is associated. “Mayer Brown” and the Mayer Brown logo are the trademarks of the Mayer Brown Practices in their respective jurisdictions.


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This spring, Equality Illinois issued the 2015 Equality Illinois Law Firm Survey to over 200 firms, of all sizes, 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 oďŹƒce culture. 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. Each responding firm was given a personalized response that included firm-specific ways through which they could improve their practices and policies. While the firms we highlight are leading the way, none were perfect: there is always more work to be done towards ensuring an LGBT-inclusive workplace. We applaud the firms that are spearheading the movement towards LGBT workplace equality, and honor the firms with a strengthening commitment to workplace equality. This year, the firms are being recognized before their colleagues at a celebratory breakfast reception and throughout the year at our various events.

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Arnstein & Lehr LLP, with offices in Illinois and Florida, is one of the country’s oldest and most respected law firms. Since its founding in 1893, the firm has served a diverse client base, including large corporations, middle market companies, nonprofit organizations, and emerging businesses throughout the United States and abroad. It is a fullservice firm with attorneys practicing in five main practice areas - Business, Litigation, Local Government, Tax and Estate Planning Services, and Real Estate.

Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie advises many of the world’s most dynamic and successful business organizations through 5,600 fee earners including 4,250 locally qualified lawyers and 5,300 professional staff in 77 offices in 47 countries. The Firm is known for its global perspective, deep understanding of the local language and culture of business, uncompromising commitment to excellence, and world-class fluency in its client service.

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.

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. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s approximately 1,000 lawyers across the United States, Europe and Asia efficiently serve clients’ needs in the world's key business and financial markets.

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PROUD SUPPORTER We believe that an inclusive culture drives us to innovate, provide better client service, and positively impact our profession. We are honored to receive this award and commend Equality Illinois for their continued dedication to equal rights for the LGBT community. K&L Gates LLP. Global legal counsel across five continents. Learn more at klgates.com.


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Since 1980, Butler Rubin’s diverse partnership, professional and administrative staff have assisted clients nationally and internationally in our core practice areas of reinsurance and commercial litigation. Excellence in serving our clients means we have a strong commitment to a welcoming and affirming environment for all our people, especially lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. For more information about our firm and our commitment to law firm best practices, visit www.butlerrubin.com.

Clark Hill PLC is an entrepreneurial, 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, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia, Clark Hill has more than 300 attorneys and professionals. For more information on our firm and our services, visit www.clarkhill.com.

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, 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 encouraging the diverse perspectives of our people.

Dentons is a global law firm driven to provide a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. A top 20 firm on the Acritas 2014 Global Elite Brand Index, Dentonsis committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality in new and inventive ways. Dentons' clients now benefit from 3,000 lawyers and professionals in more than 80 locations spanning 50-plus countries. With a legacy of legal experience that dates back to 1742 and builds on the strengths of our foundational firms— Salans, Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC), SNR Denton and McKenna Long & Aldridge—the Firm serves the local, regional and global needs of private and public clients. RAISING THE BAR

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Thriving on Youniqueness Committed to cultivating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce, Kaye Scholer is proud to be recognized by Equality Illinois (EQIL) as one of the top Illinois law firms for LGBT inclusiveness and equality. www.kayescholer.com

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DLA Piper is a global law firm with 4,200 lawyers located in 30 countries, with 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.

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP is a national law firm with 620 lawyers in 11 offices providing client service in areas such as private client services, government and regulatory affairs, communication litigation, commercial litigation, corporate and securities, corporate restructuring, employee benefits and executive compensation, environment and energy, health care, insurance coverage, intellectual property, investment management, labor and employment, life insurance and annuities, products liability and mass tort litigation, and real estate.

Foley provides award-winning business and legal insight to clients across the country and around the world. Our exceptional client service, thoughtleadership, 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.

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 selfidentify as well as those who wish to uphold their right to privacy.

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Valuing Diverse Perspectives Diversity enlivens our workplace. It jostles traditional thinking and brings rich experience to our clients and communities. Thank you Equality Illinois. We stand proudly with you in our commitment to the LGBT community. And welcome to our new Chicago colleagues, formerly of Ungaretti & Harris.

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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.

Greenberg Traurig is an international law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from 37 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Greenberg Traurig provides integrated, business-focused legal services for clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to innovative start-ups. The firm’s multidisciplinary teams include senior lawyers who have served as chief legal officers at major multinational companies and have spent years solving real-world problems in the business, political and legal arenas.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a full-service law firm with approximately 500 attorneys providing coordinated legal services across the United States and in London. Hinshawlawyers partner with businesses, governmental entities and individuals to help them effectively address legal challenges and seize opportunities. Founded in 1934, the firm represents clients in complex litigation and in regulatory and transactional matters.

Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,100 lawyers and other professionals in 21 U.S. offices, as well as Bogotá and Mexico City. Our lawyers provide representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Interdisciplinary practice groups and industrybased teams provide clients with access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location. See more at www.hklaw.com.

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Jenner & Block is a law firm with global reach, with 450 lawyers and offices in Chicago, London, 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, including the landmark Lawrence v. Texas case. The firm has received a 100% rating on HRC's Corporate Equality Index for 10 years.

K&L Gates comprises more than 2,000 lawyers globally who practice in fully integrated offices located on five continents. The firm represents leading multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals. For more information about K&L Gates or its locations, practices and registrations, visit www.klgates.com.

Katten is a firm of first choice for clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services globally. Our more than 650 attorneys located across the US, London, and Shanghai serve public and private companies, including a third of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and non-profit organizations and individuals. The firm’s core areas of practice are corporate, financial services, insolvency and restructuring, litigation, real estate, environmental, commercial finance, intellectual property, and trusts and estates.

Founded in New York in 1917, Kaye Scholer combines the continuity and business acumen of a century-old law firm with a practical forwardlooking, results-driven approach. Focusing on two key sectors, life sciences and financial services, the firm draws on its strengths in bankruptcy, corporate, finance, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and tax to offer strategic guidance and sophisticated legal counsel to public and private entities in litigation, transactional or governance matters. Kaye Scholer’s lawyers regularly advise clients across multiple legal jurisdictions, including the US, Canada, UK, EU and China. RAISING THE BAR

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Kirkland & Ellis is a 1,600-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration, corporate and tax, restructuring, and intellectual property matters. The Firm has offices in Chicago, Beijing, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.

Latham & Watkins' lawyers, paralegals and professional staff worldwide comprise a rich mixture of men and woman of different races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, culture and primary languages. This diversity extends throughout our firm, office, and department and practice group leadership. The firm's Diversity Committee monitors and addresses issues relating to achievement of the firm's equal opportunity and diversity objectives. Latham's commitment to equal opportunity is reflected in our lawyer population and management.

Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm advising clients across the Americas, Europe and Asia known for its client-focused 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. We serve many of the world's largest companies and more than half of the world's largest banks.

McDermott is committed to a culture that values and nurtures diversity and inclusion. Our culture enhances our ability to attract and retain exceptional talent to best serve our clients. It also helps us bring the best, broadest and most innovative ideas and approaches to client service. Our many innovative programs and practices have helped us become a recognized leader in workplace diversity.

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McGuireWoods is a leading international law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers in 21 offices who are committed to serving clients with diverse and inclusive teams of lawyers. We earn the longstanding loyalty of our clients through our deep legal experience, our business-minded solutions, and our unmatched service. Most importantly, we listen to our clients. We share a passionate commitment to diversity and inclusion. Diverse in-house and outside legal teams, working collaboratively, deliver superior results.

For more than 167 years, Michael Best has earned its reputation as a leading law firm, providing a full range of legal services to clients on a local, regional, national and global basis. The firm has more than 220 attorneys in Chicago, Illinois; Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; and several offices in Wisconsin. Michael Best’s main areas of practice include: labor and employment relations (including employee benefits), litigation, intellectual property and transactional. For more information, visit michaelbest.com.

With 28 offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, Morgan Lewis provides comprehensive transactional, litigation, labor and employment, regulatory, and intellectual property legal services to clients of all sizes—from global Fortune 100 companies to just-conceived startups—across all major industries. The firm’s service philosophy is grounded in a disciplined approach to advancing our clients’ interests as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP is a Chicago-based 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.

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Dentons proudly supports Equality Illinois and its mission of fostering an inclusive society. Dentons. The Global Elite Law Firm challenging the status quo.* *Acritas Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index 2013 and 2014.

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We see 21st century law as a tool to help shape our clients’ futures. We’re focused on what’s important to our clients now and next, so we can foresee obstacles and identify opportunities. Diversity enlivens our workplace. It jostles traditional thinking and brings rich experience to our clients and communities. We’re proud of our people and our diversity record. And we’re working hard to achieve ever greater diversity in the future.

Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie & Lowry is a premier, full service defense firm handling multi-state Civil Litigation, Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance, Workers’ Compensation and Employment. We have become one of the Midwest’s most respected law firms by developing a diverse culture of collaboration that always begins with putting the client first. Through this approach, we have built a loyal base of clients, ranging in size from Fortune 500 companies to smaller, privately held companies.

With more than 900 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia, Perkins Coie is a leading international law firm and represents thousands of great companies across all industries and stages of growth—from startups to FORTUNE 500 public companies. Perkins Coie’s 100-year 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.

Quarles & Brady is a full-service national law firm with more than 475 attorneys offering an array of legal services to corporate and individual clients that range from small entrepreneurial businesses to Fortune 100 companies, with practice focuses in health care and life sciences, business law, data privacy and security, and complex litigation. The firm is committed to being a diverse workplace and maintains initiatives supporting its communities. To learn more, visit www.quarles.com.

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Reed Smith LLP is a global law firm focused on client service and relationships. With more than 1800 lawyers, and 25 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. These foster a workplace in which diversity and inclusion, pro bono service and community support are manifest.

Schiff Hardin LLP is a general practice law firm, representing clients across the country and around the world. With more than 400 attorneys deployed in 9 key markets, Schiff Hardin is positioned to help our clients wherever their business may take them. Schiff Hardin has thrived for over 150 years because we know—and have known for a long time—that diverse teams are more successful than homogeneous teams. We are proud to earn Equality Illinois’ recognition as a leading law firm for LGBT diversity and inclusion.

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.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides thoughtful, strategic, practical legal counsel to client companies and legal teams of all sizes. With more than 800 attorneys in the U.S., London, Shanghai, Melbourne and Sydney, we offer a national platform and an international gateway to serve your changing business and legal needs in litigation, employment, corporate, real estate and employee benefits.

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Winston & Strawn is honored to be selected by Equality Illinois as one of the top Illinois law firms for LGBT inclusiveness and equality

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Sidley Austin LLP is a premier global law firm committed to providing excellent client service, fostering a culture of cooperation and mutual respect, and creating opportunities for lawyers of all backgrounds. With more than 1,800 lawyers in 19 offices worldwide, talent and teamwork are central to Sidley’s successful results for clients in all types of legal matters, from complex transactions to “bet the company” litigation to cutting-edge regulatory issues.

Serving clients in every major international financial center, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates is one of the leading law firms in the world, with 24 offices and approximately 1,600 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. We represent approximately 50 percent of the Fortune 250 industrial and service corporations, as well as financial and governmental entities; small, entrepreneurial companies; and cultural, educational and charitable institutions, advising on a wide variety of high-profile transactions, regulatory matters, and litigation and controversy issues.

SmithAmundsen is comprised of more than 150 attorneys practicing in communities across the Midwest. We represent business entities and individuals engaged in commercial endeavors. Our unique experience in corporate and transactional, labor and employment and litigation matters makes us a distinctive full-service partner for businesses of any size. SmithAmundsen embraces the diverse perspectives and experiences that exist within the legal profession. The firm is dedicated to nurturing a culturally rich, collaborative and inclusive working environment for all.

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As a law firm that embraces and strives for diversity, Foley is proud to support Equality Illinois and its commitment to serving the LGBT community. We are proud to be ranked as one of the top Illinois law firms for LGBT inclusiveness and equality and congratulate our fellow honorees. For more information about Foley, please contact John L. Litchfield in our Chicago office at jlitchfield@foley.com.

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With over 370 attorneys—more than 100 of whom have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®(Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.)—we have experience in more than 50 areas of the law. We’ve tried the longest jury trial and one of the largest civil suits in American history and closed deals coast-to-coast and around the globe. Supported by our firm’s state-of-the-art technology, lawyers in our Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Southern Illinois and Washington, D.C. offices enjoy a nationwide practice.

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.

Yearwood and Associates, Ltd, is a small Firm based in Des Plaines, Illinois. The owner managing partner is Ellen A. Yearwood, a general civil practitioner who has served Cook County and its collar counties since 1997. The Firm has the most clients in wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, and it has the most income in family law. Its most complex cases are employment law representing workers. The Firm participates in pro bono work through the NorthWest Suburban Bar Association's pro se desk at the Rolling Meadows courthouse, and Ms. Yearwood serves on the Des Plaines Civil Service Commission, the Board of Trustees of the Des Plaines Historical Society, the Board of Directors of the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trustees of the Illinois NOW Legal and Education Fund, and the Board of Directors of the Des Plaines Crimestoppers organization.

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EVIDENCE: WHERE LAW FIRMS STAND TODAY

Workforce and Workplace practices • For the fourth year in a row, 100% of responding firms have an EEO policy or non-discrimination policy that expressly included sexual orientation. • 88% of all responding firms have an EEO policy or non discrimination policy that includes gender identity and/or gender expression. • 49% of responding firms have written gender transition guidelines documenting supportive firm policy on issues such as name changes, restroom accommodations, dress codes, and harassment. • In a growing trend, 31% of responding firms require its vendors or contractors to have a nondiscrimination policy that includes both sexual orientation and gender identity and/or expression in order to provide staff or engage in business with the firm.

Diversity • 88% of responding firms have a diversity council or workgroup with a mission that includes LGBT issues. • 79% of responding firms have an officially recognized LGBT affinity group that focuses on LGBT legal issues and clients. • 95% of responding firms provide diversity awareness or employee training addressing sexual orientation. • 84% of responding firms provide diversity awareness or employee training addressing gender identity and expression. • 95% of responding firms actively recruit/hire LGBT lawyers. • 98% of responding firms support professional development of LGBT attorneys and staff.

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Community Outreach • 43% of responding firms took a public position in support of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. • 90% of responding firms provided financial support and/or resources to educational, political, and/or health-related LGBT organizations during the past year. • 90% of responding firms sponsor LGBT community events. • 84% of responding firms specifically market to the LGBT community. • 83% of responding firms do pro bono work on LGBT issues.

Insurance Coverage • 100% of responding firms provide all of the same benefits to employees with same sex partners. • For 84% of responding firms, there is no difference in the types of documentation required or accepted for same-sex couples to enroll their spouse or partner to their provided benefits. • 79% of responding firms automatically recognize an employee’s same-sex spouse or partner, as his or her beneficiary, when he or she fails to designate one. • 74% of responding firms have at least one company-sponsored plan that does not specifically exclude coverage for transgender, transsexual, or gender identity-related treatments.

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“Arnstein & Lehr LLP’s diverse team of attorneys and staff engenders unique and varied perspectives that best serve our clientele and the community at large. Like Equality Illinois, we stand firmly for the principles of equality and justice for all, and are proud to serve and be a part of the LGBT community.” - William T. Eveland, Partner

“At Butler Rubin, it’s very important that every member of our firm feel a part of the team. We emphasize inclusiveness throughout the firm and in all areas of our recruitment process." - Michael P. Motyka, Chief Operating Officer and Management Committee Member

“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. Having recently celebrated 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.” - Christopher J. Bannon, Co-Managing Member

“At Chapman, workplace equality is a core value we live by, both in and out of the office. Our dedication to diversity and inclusion enhances our ability to serve our clients and provides a strong platform for growth and advancement among the attorneys and support professionals within our firm." - Tim Mohan, Chief Executive Partner, Chapman and Cutler LLP

“We are honored to be among the top law firms recognized by Equality Illinois and we are pleased to share this recognition with so many of our peers in the legal industry. This is truly a celebration of our common commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace for all. We take pride in this recognition as it underscores our belief that diversity and inclusion foster innovation and collaboration. This allows us to serve our clients in the best way possible and it also contributes to the culture of friendship that is so prevalent across our global organization.” - Eduardo Leite, Chairman, Baker & McKenzie

"We recognize that utilizing the talents of people with a wide range of characteristics, backgrounds and experiences positively impacts every aspect of our firm - first and foremost, our ability to deliver quality legal and professional services to our clients. We emphasize diversity and inclusion in our strategic plan because we understand that a diverse workplace is critical to the firm's ongoing success." - Ray J. Koenig III, Managing Member, Chicago, Clark Hill PLC

"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." - Coco Soodek, Of Counsel, Chicago, Bryan Cave LLP

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DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES

At Morgan Lewis, we believe that differences in perspective, background, and experience are powerful tools for handling complex business and legal matters creatively and effectively. We are proud to support EQUALITY ILLINOIS in its continuing efforts to lead the way to LGBT equality.

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TESTIMONIES: WORDS FROM ILLINOIS’ LEADING LAW FIRMS

"This year has been an important one for LGBTQ rights and we congratulate our colleagues and friends for the recent win in the United States Supreme Court. The Court declared what we already know to be true: that same-sex couples have the right to marry and that the right is protected under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. As a firm, we pride ourselves on creating an atmosphere of inclusion that celebrates differences and emphasizes the importance of individuality and individual thought and we continue to work toward making sure that environment continues and grows. " - Steven Velkei, Partner and US Diversity and Inclusion Chair, Dentons

“Foley and Lardner, LLP embraces a culture of inclusion and diversity including our LGBT attorneys and staff who are recognized as valued members of our community and serve in a number of leadership roles. We also recognize the importance of being involved in the communities within which we work and encourage our firm members to reach out to their communities and meaningfully participate in their development. We believe that by embracing and supporting our diverse firm members and communities we improve as a firm in the service we can provide our clients and our understanding of one another. “ - Eileen Ridley, Chief Diversity Partner

“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 colleagues and straight allies. 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

"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 all attorneys 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 Alcantara, Principal in Litigation Group and Diversity Committee Chair

“At Drinker Biddle & Reath, we value our lawyers and staff for the individuals they are, and believe that promoting equal opportunity is a fundamental principle and a matter of best practice. We also know that a safe and inclusive workplace is essential to provide the best client service, which is why we invest in recruiting, professional development, peer groups and mentoring programs. We are encouraged that Equality Illinois has once again recognized our efforts.” - Ed Getz, Chicago, Managing Partner “This recognition which we have now received for four years 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.” - Michael J. Hernandez, Firm Diversity Officer, Franczek Radelet

“Greenberg Traurig remains committed to a culture of diversity and inclusiveness, and promotes equality of opportunity and dignity for all its employees. We are deeply honored to be recognized once more by Equality Illinois for our efforts.” - Greg Ostfeld, Shareholder “Equality Illinois’ recognition is a wonderful achievement for the firm and it highlights the progress we have made. It also provides us with the opportunity to continue to improve workplace diversity at Hinshaw… Equality Illinois is a vital advocacy organization in the State and I am excited to see what additional impact the firm will be able to achieve for LGBT equality, building on the advances Equality Illinois is making on behalf of the LGBT community.” - Kevin Joseph Burke, Chairman, Hinshaw & Culbertson

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TESTIMONIES: WORDS FROM ILLINOIS’ LEADING LAW FIRMS

“We are proud to be recognized again by Equality Illinois as one of the top LGBT-friendly law firms in Illinois...we have long championed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender diversity in the workplace, in the profession and in the community. Creating an inclusive work environment is a core value of the firm.” - Terrence J. Truax, Managing Partner, Jenner & Block

“Latham & Watkins is once again honored to be recognized by Equality Illinois for its commitment to LGBT inclusiveness. As a firm, we value the multiplicity of viewpoints that comes from having lawyers and staff with a diverse mix of ethnicities, religions, races, and sexual orientations, and we are delighted to be acknowledged for our efforts in this area.” – Brad Kotler, Chicago, Managing Partner

“At K&L Gates, we are committed to building an inclusive culture that encourages respect, cooperation and teamwork among all members of the K&L Gates community. We are proud of the work we have done and the supportive environment we have created and strive to maintain.” - Michael Martinez, Partner and Chair of Chicago Diversity Committee

“In this momentous year of Obergefell v. Hodges, we are keenly aware that there is much yet to do to eradicate discrimination against LGBT people. As a proud Equality Illinois honoree, McDermott is staunchly committed to promoting LGBT diversity and inclusion in our Firm, in our communities and across the world through wide-ranging pro bono advocacy, outreach and leadership, and philanthropic activities.” – Michael W. Weaver, Partner-in-Charge for LGBT Diversity and Inclusion, McDermott Will & Emery

"We have always worked to ensure Katten promotes and respects inclusion and diversity in the workplace and we are committed to implementing programs and benefits to reflect that." - Vincent A.F. Sergi, Chairman, Katten Muchin Rosenman "Kaye Scholer’s commitment to cultivate and maintain a diverse and inclusive workforce is at the core of our business strategy. It is a critical piece of our recruiting, development, retention and promotion efforts and it drives a rich firm culture that inspires greater performance, innovation and creativity." - Michael Solow, Managing Partner & Executive Committee Co-Chair "To provide the best possible service to our clients, Kirkland strives to hire, train, and promote the most talented attorneys. Part of this commitment includes fostering an environment in which all LGBT attorneys have the greatest opportunities to thrive." - Jordan Heinz, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

"Diversity and inclusion are core values at McGuireWoods. We firmly believe that as an international law firm, we are strongest when we blend diverse experiences, perspectives and beliefs. We greatly appreciate this recognition by Equality Illinois." - Amy Manning, Chicago, Managing Partner “Michael Best & Friedrich knows that different perspectives, voices and worldviews are critical to our firm’s success. Our inclusive environment allows for a variety of opinions that help us better serve our clients’ interests. We are committed to promoting and sustaining a diverse, inclusive environment within our offices because of the positive impact it has on firm culture, employee satisfaction and client service. In addition, it simply is the right thing to do.” - Kerryann Haase Minton, Chicago, Managing Partner

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BUILDING A STRONGER COMMUNITY THROUGH DIVERSITY. Sedgwick is honored to be recognized by Equality Illinois for a fourth consecutive year as a top law firm committed to LGBT inclusiveness and equality. AUSTIN BERMUDA* CHICAGO DALLAS FOR FORTT LAUDERDALE HOUSTON KANSAS CITY LONDON LOS ANGELES MIAMI NEW YORK NEWARK SEATTLE WASHINGTON NEWARK ORANGE COUNTY SAN FRANCISCO SEA TTLE W ASHINGTON D.C. (*Associa (*Associated ted Office) www.SEDGWICKLAW.com www.SEDGWICKLAW.com


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"Morgan Lewis is dedicated to maintaining LGBT equality in all facets of the community through our policies, practices, and benefits. Our Diversity Committee, which works to promote diversity and inclusion initiatives across the firm, is just one example of how we draw on a variety of viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds to maintain an equal workplace." - Scott Schutte, Chicago, Managing Partner "Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP is proud to once again be recognized by Equality Illinois as one of the top Illinois law firms for LGBT inclusiveness and equality. We believe that promoting equality and inclusion not only supports our LGBT attorneys and staff, it also promotes creativity, opportunity and professional development throughout the firm, making it a better place to work and allowing us to better serve our clients." - Jerry H. Biederman, Managing Partner “Thank you Equality Illinois for recognizing our commitment to the LGBT community. Nurturing a supportive environment where everyone’s perspectives are valued is critical to the success of our clients and our firm. We’re proud to welcome talented people of all backgrounds to Nixon Peabody, and we know we’re stronger because of our inclusive environment.” - Jenny Kuenster, Co-Chair, Diversity Committee

“In this year of exciting and profound progress for the LGBT community, Reed Smith is proud to be recognized by Equality Illinois for our leading practices on LGBT inclusion. Building an inclusive workplace and embracing diverse perspectives is a core value that positively impacts our colleagues and clients.” - Paul Turner, Partner and Chair of LGBT Subcommittee “Even as we make considerable, even breathtaking progress in the LGBT rights movement, it is sobering to recognize that much work remains to be done. Each of us and each of the organizations to which we belong or for which we work can make a difference. I am proud that Schiff Hardin continues to be at the forefront of efforts to provide LGBT lawyers and staff a workplace that is inclusive, supportive, and diverse. - Clay Tillack, Chair of the LGBT Diversity Subcommittee “We are extremely honored that Sidley will once again be recognized as one of the top Illinois law firms by Equality Illinois for our LGBT inclusiveness and equality. We take great pride in our commitment to diversity and for years have been at the forefront of creating a culture of inclusivity through our support of marriage equality and civil rights for the LGBT community, as well as through Sidley’s strong support for its own LGBT lawyers.” - Carter Phillips, Chair of Sidley’s Executive Committee

“At Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie & Lowry we embrace the gift of diversity as the linchpin of fairness and equality.” - William A. Lowry, Managing Shareholder "When you enter any office of Quarles & Brady, you are greeted with a sign that reads, 'This Law Firm Serves Everyone,' as a visible reminder of our deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. That commitment also extends to our LGBT attorneys and staff. Our inclusive workplace—where we each add our unique perspective—makes Quarles & Brady a stronger organization that provides better service to all of our clients." - George Marek, LGBT Partner and Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

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TESTIMONIES: WORDS FROM ILLINOIS’ LEADING LAW FIRMS

“At Skadden, our commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for our attorneys and staff is inextricably intertwined with our commitment to excellence as a global law firm. Our support for LGBT communities is an important facet of that deep commitment. Among the many other benefits, our broad range of experiences and perspectives helps us find the best approaches to serving our clients.” “In less than 20 years, SmithAmundsen has grown from a small litigation firm to a firm of more than 150 corporate and litigation attorneys practicing in seven communities across the Midwest. We credit this success to our true commitment to recruiting, mentoring and empowering individuals who bring differing perspectives and experiences to our firm. We are honored to receive this distinction from Equality Illinois and wholeheartedly plan to continue in our efforts to promote diversity in the legal profession.” - Glen Amundsen, Founder, SmithAmundsen “Having policies inclusive of the LGBT community is not only the right thing to do; it’s in the best interest of our firm, because diversity and inclusion matter to our clients across the country and our own people as well. We have vocally supported laws that extend basic workplace protections to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and will continue to do so in the future.” - Tom Minogue, Chairman, Thompson Coburn

“We are honored to be named by Equality Illinois as one of the leading law firms doing business in Illinois. Our leadership role includes expanding our domestic partner benefits to provide a tax gross-up payment for employees in same-sex partnerships as well as transgender-inclusive benefits. We thank our attorneys, clients, and friends in the business community who always inspire, encourage, and motivate us to continue the hard work in finding solutions to challenging diversity issues.” - Amanda C. Sommerfeld, Partner and Chair, Diversity Committee, Winston & Strawn LLP "I have always believed in respect and fairness. As a lesbian myself, I believe in making sure all my clients, my staff, and my neighbors -- gay or straight, trans or bisexual, questioning or queer -- are welcomed and treated with dignity. I also believe that what goes around comes around, and I have found that the nicer the people in my Firm behave, the nicer behave the people who interact with us. Of course, we still politely litigate vigorously and negotiate aggressively!" - Trisha Yearwood, Yearwood & Associates

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WHY ALL FIRMS SHOULD PURSUE WORKPLACE EQUALITY

Adapting best practices decreases the risk of legal liability and litigation. And the benefits do not stop there:

BETTER PERFORMANCE & INDUSTRY COMPETITIVENESS. Exceeding minimum legal requirements and creating an affirmatively welcoming workplace that respects diversity leads to increased business performance. DiversityInc selects the 50 employers with best diversity practices each year and tracks their stock performance. The DiversityInc Top 50 list consistently outperforms the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 on a one-, three-, and five-year basis.

MORE IDEAS LEAD TO IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY. Having a strong stance of inclusion and incorporating it into your practices demonstrates to your employees that you are serious about retaining top talent. Embracing the value in diverse backgrounds brings different approaches to leadership and problem solving and increases the span of ideas brought forth to the table. When employees feel comfortable and supported, employee productivity increases.

CONSUMER LOYALTY. An overwhelming number of LGBT consumers tend to be loyal to organizations that they know are friendly to the LGBT community, even if less friendly organizations are cheaper or more convenient. Eighty-one percent of LGBT Americans are likely to consider brands that support non-profits or causes important to them, while 88 percent of lesbian and gay adults and 70 percent of heterosexuals are likely to consider a brand that is known to provide equal workplace benefits for all of their employees, including lesbians and gays. According to Community Marketing, Inc., 3 out of 4 LGBT individuals have changed brands when a company has exhibited pro-LGBT support.

CONSUMER DEMAND. Numerous polls throughout 2013 and 2014 consistently showed that over 54 percent of residents in Illinois support marriage for same-sex couples, while only 29 percent opposed marriage equality. A recent Pew poll found that 9 out of 10 say they know someone who is gay or lesbian. This shift in consumer attitude means that businesses that do not affirmatively create a supportive environment for their LGBT employees are seen as outof-touch and less relevant. Doing the right thing has never been so easy.

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DUE DILIGENCE: Ten Habits of Highly-Scoring Businesses And easy steps every business can take now 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 trainings 6 Respect transgender and gender-transitioning employees by using appropriate names and personal pronouns and having a genderneutral 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 Hire and/or train attorneys who are experienced in handling LGBT issues such as LGBT adoption/custody or gender transition-related legal issues 10 Require your vendors or contractors to have a nondiscrimination policy that includes both sexual orientation and gender identity and/or expression in order to provide staff or engage in business with the firm RAISING THE BAR

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The Equality Illinois 'Raising the Bar 2015' report recognizes law firms that are leading the way to LGBT Equality.

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The Equality Illinois 'Raising the Bar 2015' report recognizes law firms that are leading the way to LGBT Equality.

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