Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40

Each year, the LGBT Bar recognizes LGBT legal professionals (practicing lawyers, law professors, corporate counsel, members of the judiciary, politicians, etc.) under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and have demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality. Nominations for the Class of 2016 are now closed. Please check back next spring for the Class of 2017 nomination form.

Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2016

Congratulations to the best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2016. All awardees will be recognized at the Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair on August 5, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Alex Oh
Partner
Stoel Rives LLP
Seattle, WA

Angela Giampolo
Principal
Giampolo Law Group
Philadelphia, PA

Ari Ezra Waldman
Associate Professor of Law
New York Law School
New York, NY

Ashland Johnson
Director, Policy & Campaigns
Athlete Ally
Washington, DC

Barbara A. Schwabauer
Trial Attorney
Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Litigation Section
Washington, DC

Ben Aguilar
Attorney/Owner
Law Offices of Ben Aguilar
San Diego, CA

Brian D. Huber
Associate
Proskauer Rose LLP
Boston, MA

Caleb Oken-Berg
Attorney
Skellenger Bender, P.S.
Seattle, WA

Chinyere Ezie
Staff Attorney
Southern Poverty Law Center
Montgomery, AL

Christopher Riano
Administrative Law Judge
New York State
New York, NY

Clement Lee
Staff Attorney
Immigration Equality
New York, NY

Damon W. Suden
Partner
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
New York, NY

Daniel Redman
Associate
Springs & Associates, PC
San Francisco, CA

Dimitri Portnoi
Counsel
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Dylan Nicole de Kervor
Attorney
Department of Justice, Civil Right Division
New York, NY

Edward Campbell
Associate
Nixon Peabody LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Erika Lorshbough
Legislative Counsel
New York Civil Liberties Union
New York, NY

Felicia Medina
Managing Partner
Sanford Heisler Kimpel, LLP
San Francisco, CA

J. Denise Diskin
Attorney
Teller & Associates PLLC
Seattle, WA

J. Michael Hearon
Senior Associate
Quarles & Brady LLP

Jason N.W. Plowman
Associate
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Kansas City, MO

Jason R. Parish
Partner
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Washington, DC

Jessica R. Bogo
Associate
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
San Francisco, CA

Jonathan L. Brophy
Partner
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Katherine Kraschel
Associate Counsel
Yale New Haven Health
New Haven, CT

Lauren Fontana 
Staff Attorney
Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Denver, CO

Matthew Benedetto
Counsel
WilmerHale
Los Angeles, CA

Matthew D. Cipolla
Partner
Jenner & Block LLP
New York, NY

Matthew Putorti
Associate
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
New York, NY

Melanie Rowen
Associate Director, Public Interest Programs
UC California, Berkeley School of Law
Berkeley, CA

Merisa K. Bowers
Attorney
Merisa K Bowers Attorney at Law, LLC
Columbus, OH

Michael Bosworth
Deputy Assistant to the President; Deputy Counsel to the President
White House Counsel’s Office
Washington, DC

Nafees Nuruddin
Associate General Counsel
Canary
Brooklyn, NY

Olivia Hunt
Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow
Whitman-Walker Health Legal Services
Alexandria, VA

Omar Gonzalez-Pagan
Staff Attorney
Lambda Legal
New York, NY

R. Kent Piacenti
Associate
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Dallas, TX

Ria Tabacco Mar
Staff Attorney
ACLU LGBT & HIV Project
New York, NY

Ryan Patrick Delaney
Attorney
Delaney & Robb Attorney at Law, LLC
Metairie, LA

S. Kerene Moore
Attorney
Legal Services of South Central Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Wendy Erdly
Special Counsel
State Liquor Authority and Department of Agriculture
Forest Hills, NY