2021 Community Excellence Awards
In 2021, LeGaL was thrilled to present Community Excellence Awards, which recognize New York LGBTQ legal professionals, across all fields of practice, for their commitment to the LGBTQ community, and for high achievement in the profession. The 2021 class of honorees includes: Charlie Arrowood, Deborah Lolai, Daniel Pepitone, John Quinn, and Ethan Rice.
Counsel, Name Change Project, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund / Principal Attorney, Arrowood Law
Charlie Arrowood is Name Change Project counsel at the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund and Principal Attorney at Arrowood Law. Despite wearing numerous hats, Charlie is generous with their time in helping attorneys across the state become better advocates to the transgender and gender nonconforming communities. Charlie has helped ensure countless families both in and outside of the NYC metro area are able to obtain accurate and affirming documentation with dignity and greater ease.
Founder & Supervising Attorney, LGBTQ Defense Project, Bronx Defenders
Deborah Lolai is the Supervising Attorney of the LGBTQ Defense Project of The Bronx Defenders, a project she founded, which provides specialized representation and public defense for The Bronx Defenders’ LGBTQ clients on issues ranging from criminal defense and prisoner rights to immigration and civil matters. In addition to direct legal representation, Deb advocates for systematic changes through policy making, and training. Deb is an adjunct professor at Columbia University.
Staff Attorney, Manhattan Legal Services
Daniel Pepitone is a staff attorney with Manhattan Legal Services. Daniel founded a project to improve the health of people living with HIV and LGBTQ New Yorkers. Over his career, Daniel has helped NYC’s most vulnerable with disability benefits, discrimination, eviction defense, wills, and advance directives. In 2018, Daniel started a new project to support self-employed New Yorkers and small businesses; during the pandemic, Daniel reorganized his project to focus on commercial leases and evictions.
Partner, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP
John Quinn is a partner at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP and was one of the co-founders of the firm in 2017. As a litigator, John has achieved remarkable success for his clients—including tech companies, start-ups, celebrities and public figures, a group of Mississippi LGBTQ youth opposing the denial of a license to hold a pride parade, and a group of individuals who were defrauded by the Trump organization. John is a mentor to LGBTQ students and a board member of the Ali Forney Center, the largest LGBTQ youth homelessness shelter, community center, and services organization in the country.
Senior Attorney, Fair Courts Project, Lambda Legal
Ethan Rice is a senior attorney at Lambda Legal’s Fair Court Project. Thanks to Ethan’s skill and dedication, courts from coast to coast have greater LGBTQ+ cultural competence, and legal standards concerning juror and judicial bias are improved. Ethan was the lead advocate for the successful birth certificate ordinance in NYC that is a model of respectful self-attestation for gender marker change.
Annual Gala Sponsorship
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2021 ANNUAL GALA BENEFACTORS*
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Outten & Golden LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Allen & Overy LLP
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Barclay Damon LLP
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Lowenstein Sandler LLP
McDermott Will & Emery
Momentum Search Group
Moses & Singer LLP
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Rimland & Associates
Robins Kaplan LLP
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Susman Godfrey LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Seth Rosen & Jacob Goertz
Hon. Michael R. Sonberg
Ari Ezra Waldman
Daniel Noble, Finn Dixon & Herling LLP
William & Elizabeth Crosby
Arthur S. Leonard
Anthony M. Lise
John B.F. Martin
Meredith R. Miller
*Sponsors listed above have been confirmed as of 02/25/2021