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LGBTQ Attorneys

Out at Sheppard's mission is to increase visibility of and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender attorneys and professionals in keeping with Sheppard Mullin's overall commitment to diversity. The group focuses its collective efforts on finding, hiring and retaining the best and brightest LGBTQ attorneys and encouraging them as they move into leadership roles at the Firm.  Out at Sheppard helps facilitate participation in law student outreach programs, actively participates in the Summer Associate program, and provides informal opportunities for mentorship, collaboration and camaraderie for attorneys in all stages of their career. The group also serves as a resource for professional and business development, and as a communication link to the Firm's leadership.

By contributing to the open and affirming culture at Sheppard Mullin, we aim to positively impact not only our own and our clients' workplaces, but also the larger communities in which we practice. We are committed to seeking out, encouraging and supporting meaningful pro bono work, community activism and volunteer opportunities to protect the rights and improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals and their loved ones.

For more information about Out At Sheppard, please contact DInclusion@sheppardmullin.com. If you are a law student or experienced lawyer candidate interested in partnering with or learning more about Out at Sheppard, contact Jay Ramsey, Robert Guite or Candace Matson.

Please click here to read our Out at Sheppard brochure. 

Recruiting

Sheppard Mullin participates in the Lavender Law Career Fair and conducts other LGBTQ law student and attorney recruiting outreach.

Community Involvement

Sheppard Mullin has a strong tradition of supporting the LGBTQ community through pro bono work and charitable giving. The firm is proud to provide pro bono service to such organizations as Lambda Legal and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). In addition, Sheppard Mullin sponsors LGBTQ-related events and provides financial support to various LGBTQ community organizations.

GLAAD: Sheppard Mullin serves as GLAAD’s national pro bono counsel assisting the organization in furthering its mission to rewrite the script for LGBTQ acceptance. Sheppard Mullin advises GLAAD in all aspects of its operations including governance, intellectual property, licensing, contracts, promotions and employment. Sheppard Mullin attorneys regularly attend board meetings and represent the GLAAD when litigation arises. The firm is also a sponsor of GLAAD and Sheppard Mullin attorneys participate in the annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Los Angeles and the GLAAD Gala in San Francisco. 

Lambda Legal: Sheppard Mullin is also a proud National Sponsor of Lambda Legal. Pro bono matters with Lambda Legal include assistance with an amicus brief opposing a challenge to an amendment to the California Education Code broadening the definition of gender to include sexual identity. Each year, Sheppard Mullin attorneys and clients attend Lambda events including the Lambda Legal Liberty Awards National Dinner in New York City.

Williams InstituteSheppard Mullin sponsors LGBTQ-related events and provides support to various LGBTQ community organizations. One of our LGBTQ partners sits on the Advisory Council of the Williams Institute, an LGBTQ research facility and think tank at UCLA School of Law. Sheppard Mullin has hosted various events on behalf of the Williams Institute, including in its San Francisco and New York offices.

Other pro bono efforts supporting the LGBTQ community:

Sheppard Mullin attorneys have had leadership roles in many LGBTQ organizations, including:


News

Events

  • 06.28.2018
  • 06.22.2017
  • 06.01.2017
  • Sheppard Mullin’s Orange County Office - 650 Town Center Drive, 4th Floor, Costa Mesa, 04.14.2016
  • Sheppard Mullin's Century City Office - 1901 Avenue Of The Stars, Suite 1600, 04.06.2016
  • Sheppard Mullin's DC Office - 2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 100, Washington, DC 20006, 04.06.2016
  • Sheppard Mullin's Los Angeles Office - 333 South Hope Street, 43rd Floor, 04.05.2016
  • 06.04.2015
  • Republique Los Angeles, 04.23.2015
  • 06.26.2014
  • 06.04.2014
  • Sheppard Mullin San Francisco & New York, 05.30.2014
  • 08.22.2013
  • Concrete Hero, Los Angeles
    07.14.2013
  • Lambda Legal Summer Associate and Firm Networking Reception, Los Angeles
    07.2013
  • Lambda Legal West Coast Liberty Awards, Los Angeles
    06.2013
  • Out at Sheppard Annual Retreat, Los Angeles
    06.2013
  • Lambda Legal Liberty Awards National Dinner, New York
    05.06.2013
  • Out at Sheppard Client Reception, San Francisco
    05.02.2013
  • Tom Homann LGBT Law Association Annual Dinner, San Diego
    05.2013
  • Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards
    04.20.2013
  • Sheppard Mullin/Columbia Outlaws Luncheon, New York
    04.2013
  • New York Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards
    03.16.2013
  • San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards
    03.11.2013
  • Williams Institute Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Moot Court Competition, Los Angeles
    02.16.2013
  • Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association Annual Gala, Los Angeles
    02.09.2013
  • LA Gay and Lesbian Center Annual Legal Professionals Reception
    01.13.2013
  • LA Gay & Lesbian Center Anniversary Gala
    11.10.2012
  • National LGBT Bar Association’s Out and Proud Corporate Counsel Reception, San Diego
    10.25.2012
  • Lambda Legal D.C. Sponsor Appreciation Party
    10.24.2012
  • Out at Sheppard Annual Retreat, Los Angeles
    10.19.2012
  • Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, Washington, D.C.
    08.23.2012
  • Lambda Legal in San Diego
    07.18.2012
  • Lambda Legal West Coast Liberty Awards, Los Angeles
    06.14.2012
  • San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards
    06.02.2012
  • Lambda Legal in D.C.
    05.21.2012
  • Tom Homann LGBT Law Association Annual Dinner in San Diego
    05.10.2012
  • Lambda Legal Liberty Awards National Dinner, New York
    05.07.2012
  • Border Grill, 05.02.2012
  • Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards
    04.21.2012
  • New York Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards
    03.24.2012
  • Out at Sheppard Annual Retreat in Los Angeles
    10.28.2011
  • Lambda Legal West Coast Liberty Awards in Los Angeles
    10.27.2011
  • Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair in Los Angeles
    Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, Hollywood, CA, September 8-10, 2011
  • Lambda Legal in DC
    Long View Gallery, D.C., 06.01.2011
  • The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA - San Francisco Marriott Marquis, 05.14.2011
  • Tom Homann LGBT Law Association Annual Dinner in San Diego
    05.12.2011
  • Liberty Awards National Dinner - Lambda Legal in New York
    Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, New York, NY, 05.02.2011
  • Lambda Legal's San Francisco Celebration
    The Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco, CA, 04.21.2011
  • Columbia Law School's Outlaws in New York
    04.18.2011
  • The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA - The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 04.10.2011
  • Out at Sheppard Wine Reception in Los Angeles
    Hatfield's Restaurant, 04.07.2011
  • UCLA's Williams Institute 10th Anniversary Celebration in Los Angeles
    UCLA School of Law, 04.07.2011
  • Lambda Legal in Fort Lauderdale
    Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 03.27.2011
  • The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in New York
    New York City, NY - Marriott Marquis Times Square, 03.19.2011
  • Love Lounge for Lambda Legal in Los Angeles
    Winston's, West Hollywood, CA, 03.06.2011
  • Out at Sheppard Annual Retreat in Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA, 10.2010
  • Drago Centro, 10.21.2010
  • The Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 09.16.2010
  • Lavender Law, National LGBT Bar Association's Annual Career Fair and Conference in Miami Beach, FL
    Miami Beach, Florida, 08.26.2010
  • GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco
    Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, 06.05.2010
  • Tom Homann LGBT Law Association Annual Dinner in San Diego
    Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego, 05.13.2010
  • Lambda Legal Liberty Awards National Dinner in New York
    Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, New York, 05.03.2010
  • Cocktail Reception and Private Wine Tasting hosted by Out at Sheppard in Los Angeles
    Hatfield's Restaurant, Los Angeles, 04.29.2010
  • GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 04.17.2010
  • GLAAD Media Awards in New York
    New York, Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York, 03.13.2010
  • National Employment Law Counsel Diversity Reception
    03.09.2010
  • The Orange County Diversity Task Force
    01.01.2010

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