Fried Frank's LGBT Attorney Affinity Group seeks to build upon the Firm's longstanding commitment to recruiting and retaining a diverse community and to increasing understanding of and involvement in the unique issues facing the LGBT community. The Group spearheads several pro bono representation efforts of interest, from groundbreaking family law litigations involving same-sex couples to name-change petitions for transgender clients, and maintains strong relationships with important organizations like Lambda Legal Defense & Education Organization, Immigration Equality and Servicemembers United.
To honor the legacy of Michael Diehl, a Fried Frank corporate associate who died in a tragic swimming accident in 1999 and was known for his dedication to the cause of civil rights for the gay and lesbian community, the Firm established the annual Diehl Civil Rights Forum. Inviting prominent civic leaders to engage the Fried Frank community in a discussion of current civil rights and social justice issues and concerns since 2000 and hosted by our LGBT Attorney Affinity Group, the 2012 Forum featured Kerry Eleveld, formed White House Correspondent for The Advocate, who delivered a keynote address discussing the evolution of LGBT discourse in presidential politics from the 2008 to 2012 elections. The 2011 Forum featured Alphonso David, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights, and Brian Ellner, Senior Strategist for the Human Rights Campaign for New York Marriage, who each provided a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking push for marriage equality legislation in New York.
Fried Frank has also been recognized for four consecutive years by the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index, achieving a top rating of 100 percent. The 2012 Corporate Equality Index rates 636 businesses on a scale from 0 to 100 percent on their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. Fried Frank's perfect score reflects its policies and practices protecting LGBT employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, diversity training, and health care and domestic partnership benefits, including tax gross-up benefits to LGBT employees for disparate tax costs related to their coverage of same-sex partners, same-sex spouses and their children.
For more information on Fried Frank's LGBT Affinity Group, please contact:
Adam B. Gottlieb
New York Office Leader
Washington, DC Office Leader