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January 21, 2020 – Locke Lord has achieved a 100 percent rating in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the fourth consecutive year. A perfect score in this annual report evaluating policies and practices related to LGBTQ employees earns the Firm the distinction of being an employer of choice for LGBTQ employees.
“Our fourth consecutive CEI rating of 100 percent highlights Locke Lord’s deep commitment to diversity and inclusion, which is one of the Firm’s five core values and integral to our business and culture. We value the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our attorneys and staff at Locke Lord, and we continue to expand our efforts to maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace,” said Locke Lord Chair David Taylor.
“Each year, we build on our commitment to having a more diverse and inclusive legal profession in new and evolving ways. Our consistently strong performance on the CEI is the result of our dedication to LGBTQ equality in the workplace and in the community, and we are honored to once again be recognized by the HRC,” added Locke Lord Senior Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Paulette Brown.
Locke Lord predecessor firm Edwards Wildman earned a 100 percent rating in the HRC Foundation’s CEI for seven consecutive years from 2009-2015. The Firm and its attorneys have a long history of supporting LGBTQ civil rights and health care organizations, including the LGBTQ Bar Associations, GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders), Fenway Health, Human Rights Campaign, AIDS Action Committee, Imperial Court of New York, Equality Illinois and Mainers United for Marriage.
Diversity and inclusion are essential to Locke Lord’s strategic plan for success. The Firm has an active Diversity and Inclusion Committee dedicated to the recruitment, retention and promotion of lawyers of varying ethnicities, races, genders, sexual orientations, languages, nationalities and religions. To read more about Locke Lord’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, click here.
For additional information and to view the full 2020 CEI results, click here.
About Locke Lord LLP
Locke Lord is a full-service law firm with global reach and 21 offices designed to meet clients’ needs in the United States and around the world. The Firm has a history that spans more than 130 years and is a leader in the middle market arena. Locke Lord focuses on providing the highest levels of commitment, quality and service to clients across its five Key Sectors: Energy and Infrastructure; Finance and Financial Services; Insurance and Reinsurance; Pharmaceutical; and Private Equity. In addition, the Firm advises clients across a broad spectrum of other industries, including fund formation, venture capital, health care, public finance, real estate, technology, cybersecurity and white collar, while providing a wealth of experience through its complex litigation, intellectual property, tax, regulatory and transactional teams.