Clark Hill Recognized at 7th Annual Lawyers for Diversity Event

Aug 2, 2011

CHICAGO, IL – Equality Illinois, the state's oldest and largest organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality, announced the results of its annual Law Firm Survey, recognizing 23 local and international firms for their treatment of LGBT employees.

The results were announced at the 7th annual Lawyers for Diversity Barbecue, underwritten by dozens of Chicago's largest law firms and businesses, on Thursday, July 28, in Chicago.

"The broad range of firms on this list — from local to global firms, from small firms to the world's largest — just underscores the fact that equal treatment of LGBT employees is both the fair thing to do and is also good business," Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, said. "There is no better way to recruit and retain top talent and to engage new clients than by respecting the diversity of all employees."

Clark Hill Attorney Ray Koenig accepted the honor on behalf of the firm.

"As a growing firm with international reach and global clients, Clark Hill PLC understands the importance of a diverse and inclusive culture," Ray Koenig, Member, Litigation Practice, said. "Clark Hill PLC believes in promoting diversity and inclusion in our firm, fostering a collegial and respectful working environment in which each person is encouraged and supported to reach his or her highest potential. Clark Hill PLC will continue to aggressively pursue workplace equality for all, including members of the LBGT community."

Ray is a member in Clark Hill’s Litigation Practice Group in its Chicago office. He practices in the areas of probate litigation, trust litigation, fiduciary litigation, elder law, estate planning, and estate administration, with an emphasis on will, trust, guardianship, and advance directive contests and other fiduciary litigation. Koenig has represented individuals, families, financial institutions, medical institutions, and governmental organizations in all areas of his practice.

Koenig has extensive trial, appellate and mediation experience in state and federal courts.