LGBT Diversity


I joined Kirkland as a summer associate. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to build strong relationships with my peers through my involvement in meaningful client and pro bono matters and the Kirkland Pride affinity group. Now, as a partner, I have the opportunity to mentor summer associates and junior associates, emulating the attorney mentors I had early in my Kirkland career. - Joseph Loy, Partner


Kirkland is committed to maintaining an environment where LGBT attorneys thrive. The members of the Kirkland Pride Affinity Group span our offices worldwide and are connected by a common purpose of supporting and promoting LGBT attorneys, advancing LGBT rights through financial sponsorships and pro bono work, and deepening ties among Kirkland’s LGBT attorneys, LGBT law students and the broader LGBT community.

Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality

Human Rights Campaign, Corporate Equality Index, 2008–2019

Top 100 LGBT-Inclusive Employers in Britain

Stonewall, 2018

9,500 Hours Dedicated to LGBT-Focused Pro Bono Work

January 2018–December 2018

Event Highlight

Kirkland’s Annual LGBT Program

Kirkland Pride’s Annual Affinity group program in connection with Lavender Law, New York: Kirkland has sponsored the Lavender Law Conference since 2006. Every year Kirkland hosts a client-driven reception, a Firmwide Affinity Group Workshop and a Firmwide Affinity Group dinner for attorneys attending the Lavender Law Conference.

Partnership Spotlight

GLAAD Spirit Day

Each of our offices worldwide gathered and wore purple to observe Spirit Day, GLAAD’s annual campaign against the bullying of LGBTQ youth.