Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40

Each year, the LGBT Bar recognizes LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ equality. Awardees will be recognized at the 2019 Lavender Law® Conference and Career Fair in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Nominations for the Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2019 are now open. To nominate an individual, please submit this form. Nominations close on February 15, 2019. Awardees will be notified in March or April. Please check back soon to learn how to nominate an individual.

Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2018

Abigail Coursolle
Senior Attorney
National Health Law Program
Los Angeles, CA

Adrien Leavitt
Staff Attorney
Northwest Defenders Division of the King County Public Defense
Seattle, WA

Alesdair Ittelson
Law & Policy Director
Sudbury, MA

Alexa Lawson-Remer
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Andrew Gammill
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Columbus, OH

Andrew Luxen
Senior Deputy District Attorney
Denver District Attorney’s Office
Denver, CO

Celeste Fiore
Argentino Family Law & Child Advocacy, LLC
Montclair, NJ

Chase Strangio
Staff Attorney
American Civil Liberties Union
New York, NY

Chirag Badlani
Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd.
Chicago, IL

Corey Devine
Muskat, Mahony & Devine, LLP
Houston, TX

Currey Hitchens
Supervising Attorney
Georgia Legal Services Program
Atlanta, GA

Emily Chapuis
Jenner & Block LLP
Washington, DC

Ezra Cukor
Staff Attorney
New York City Commission on Human Rights
New York, NY

Farhaad Virani
Senior Corporate Counsel
Amazon Studios
Los Angeles, CA

Gennaro Savastano
Weitz & Luxenberg P.C.
Port Washington, NY

Hema Sarang-Sieminski
Senior Attorney
Victim Rights Law Center
Boston, MA

Huong Lam
Help Desk Attorney
Lambda Legal
Los Angeles, CA

Lieutenant Commander Jake Romelhardt
Legal Assistance Department Head
Region Legal Service Office Southwest
U.S. Navy JAG Corps
San Diego, CA

Jason Canales
Moses & Singer LLP
New York, NY

Jason Wu
Staff Attorney
The Legal Aid Society
New York, NY

Jenn Protas
Employment Law Partner
Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc.
San Jose, CA

John M. McHugh
Reilly Pozner LLP
Denver, CO

Jonah Knobler
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
New York, NY

Jonathan D. Newton
Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section
Washington, DC

Kate Rhodes
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
New York, NY

Kelly Perigoe
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Madeline Gitomer
Senior Associate
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Washington, DC

Mayme Donohue
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Richmond, VA

Meehan Rasch
Senior Appellate Court Attorney
California Court of Appeal
Los Angeles, CA

Michael Stevens
Senior Associate
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
San Francisco, CA

Molly Whitman
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Dallas, TX

P. Brian Bartels
Kutak Rock LLP

R. Barrett Marshall
Staff Attorney, Housing Unit
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Sarah B. Pitney
Associate Attorney
Benach Collopy, LLP
Washington, DC

Sarah Gordon
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Washington, DC

Scott Lerner
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Chicago, IL

Seth Pearson
Foley & Lardner LLP
Roxbury, MA

Steffi Romano
Staff Attorney, Equal Justice Works Fellow
Sponsored by the Paul Rapoport Foundation, Inc.
UnLocal, Inc.
New York, NY

Thomas Saunders
Assistant US Attorney
US Attorney’s Office (DC)
Washington, DC

Todd Amdor
King & Spalding LLP
Chico, CA