Our Firm has a long-standing commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights — in the workplace, on pro bono matters and in our communities. In addition to being an inclusive workplace, our Firm has taken on significant pro bono engagements relating to important LGBTQ issues.
Locke Lord achieved a 100 percent rating in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index for the third consecutive year, and Locke Lord predecessor firm Edwards Wildman earned a 100 percent rating for seven consecutive years from 2009-2015. 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.
We represent, and are actively involved with, Fenway Health, the largest LGBTQ health and research facility in the United States.
In addition, our attorneys have a long history of being actively involved in LGBTQ civil rights and health care organizations such as the LGBTQ Bar Associations, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, AIDS Action Committee, Imperial Court of New York, Equality Illinois, and Mainers United for Marriage, including service on boards and fundraising committees, hosting events and volunteer work.
The Firm has been involved in several same sex marriage-related cases, authoring amicus briefs as far back as 2003 in the landmark Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, after which Massachusetts became the first state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and later in Windsor v. United States, a U.S. Supreme Court case that centered on the constitutionality of a section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
In April 2016, Sara Schnorr, Of Counsel in the Firm’s Boston office, became the first transgender woman appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. As one of five Governor Appointees, Schnorr reviews and assesses the status of women in the state and works to push forward policy changes and legislative actions that help improve opportunities and equity for women. That same month, Locke Lord was among more than 40 businesses that joined Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in urging the State Legislature to pass legislation prohibiting discrimination against transgender people in public places.