2023 Annual Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 Overview and Criteria
Each year, the National LGBTQ+ 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 celebrated and recognized at a ceremony during the National LGBTQ+ Bar’s 2023 Lavender Law® Conference and Career Fair in July.
Nominations for the 2023 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 are now open. Please complete the form below to nominate an individual you believe is worthy of this award. Nominations will close at midnight on Wednesday, February 15, 2023; no extensions will be granted. Please plan accordingly and carefully review our nominee criteria and information about allowable submission materials prior to submitting a nomination. We will notify you and the nominee of our decision by April 1, 2023. Please note that individuals who will turn 40 before the last day of the 2023 Lavender Law® Conference (July 26, 2023) are ineligible for the award.
If you have any questions, please contact Patrick O’Brien at email@example.com.
Congratulations to our 2022 Class!
Arielle B. Adler, Counsel, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Justin Ross Becker, Senior Managing Associate, Sidley Austin LLP
Andy Blevins, Regulatory Specialist, Department of Labor
Kristen Chin, Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Simone Chriss, Director of Transgender Rights Initiative, Southern Legal Counsel
Kate Driscoll, Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Ann Garcia, Staff Attorney, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
Mich P. González, Associate Director of Advocacy, Southern Poverty Law Center
Lauren M. Greene, Special Counsel, Jenner & Block LLP
Heron Greenesmith, Senior Research Analyst, Political Research Associates
Nicole (Nicki) E. Griffin, Associate Attorney, Metoyer Law Offices
Shane Hebel, Director, New Market and Product Development, OraSure Technologies Inc.
Jennifer Hill, Associate, Hogan Lovells
Nicholas Hite, Principal, The Hite Law Group
Denise M. Hunter, LGBTQ+ Program Legal Director, California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
Nora Huppert, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal
Mik Kinkead, Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society
Cat Kozlowski, Counsel, Polsinelli PC
Corey M. Krzan, Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Navy
Stephen Thomas Kulp, Associate, Kulp Legal, LLC
Justin Lee, Partner, Banking & Finance, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Shauna R. Madison, Managing Partner, Medina Orthwein LLP
Linton Mann III, Litigation Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Perry McCall, Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society
Shayna Medley, Staff Attorney, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
Kadeem Morris, Supervising Attorney Leading Right to Counsel and the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Elizabeth Josephine Pinolini, Staff Attorney, Whitman-Walker Health Legal Services
Sonya Laddon Rahders, Staff Attorney, Regulatory Assistance for Abortion Providers, Resources for Abortion Delivery
Michael Rhoads, Chambers Attorney to Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye, California Supreme Court
Raymond R. Rollan, Deputy City Attorney, San Francisco City Attorney’s Office
Candelario Saldana, Associate, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Dana Savage, Assistant Attorney General, Washington Attorney General’s Office
Rebekah T. Scherr, Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Avatara Smith-Carrington, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
Michael Stefanilo, Jr., Partner, Brody Hardoon Perkins & Kesten, LLP
Stevie V. Tran, Partner, Tran Arrowsmith PLLC
Yael Tzipori, Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Justin Weitz, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Eric White, Litigation Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Daniel Woofter, Associate, Goldstein & Russell, P.C