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 2014 Forum, New Frontiers in the LGBT Movement: The Pursuit of Global Equity, discussed opportunities for and challenges to advancing LGBT rights domestically and internationally. The 2013 Forum, Litigating Love: Same-Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court in 2013, was designed in anticipation of the historic Supreme Court rulings in Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth v. Perry. In 2012, the Forum addressed the impact of LGBT rights on presidential politics during the 2008 presidential campaign and how LGBT rights had progressed since that time, including President Obama's unprecedented public stance supporting same-sex marriage and his refusal to prosecute the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Fried Frank has also been recognized for six consecutive years by the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index, achieving a top rating of 100 percent. The 2014 Corporate Equality Index rated 688 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 to protect LGBT employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, most notably 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 domestic partners, same-sex spouses and their children.
For more information on Fried Frank's LGBT Affinity Group, please contact:
Jesse R. Loffler
New York Office Leader