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Kirkland Receives 100 Percent Score on HRC’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index for 10th Consecutive Year

Kirkland & Ellis LLP received a 100 percent score on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This is the tenth year in a row that the Firm received a perfect 100 percent score on the CEI.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The 2017 CEI rated 1,043 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community. Kirkland’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. 517 major U.S. businesses earned the 100 percent rating this year.  

“We are honored by HRC's continued recognition of Kirkland’s commitment to advancing LGBT community, and we are proud that our policies and practices have met HRC’s highest standards for 10 years in a row,” said Edward Sadtler, co-chair of the Firmwide Diversity Committee’s LGBT Subcommittee. “Kirkland is dedicated to fostering an inclusive work environment for all employees, and we believe that our commitment to workplace equality helps us better serve our diverse and wide-ranging client base.”

View the full 2017 CEI Report here.

About Kirkland & Ellis
Kirkland & Ellis LLP ( is a 1,900-attorney law firm representing global clients in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, restructuring, and intellectual property matters. The Firm has offices in Beijing, Chicago, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C. Kirkland’s commitment to diversity is reflected in its policies, programs and committees as well as its efforts to build and maintain a culture that values and gathers strength from differences in socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and personal backgrounds.