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Lawyers Honored For Commitment To Gay Rights

MIAMI - Brandon Fitzgerald, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Inc. (MCCA), has been named to the National LGBT Bar Association’s inaugural list of the Best Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Lawyers under the Age of 40. The LGBT Bar established this award to recognize young LGBT legal professionals who have distinguished themselves in their field and demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality. 

 

Forty recipients were recognized at the Lavender Law Conference held in Miami Beach, Fla., on August 26. Awardees included partners and associates from both large and small law firms, attorneys working at nonprofit organizations and in-house counsel in large corporations, legal scholars, government attorneys and even a state senator. The complete list can be viewed at http://www.lgbtbar.org/Under40.html.

 

As MCCA’s Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Fitzgerald handles all of the organization’s legal matters. Previously, he was an associate in the Washington offices of several national law firms and served as in-house counsel to several multinational companies. He is co-chair of the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association’s Diversity Forum and is a founder of its Corporate Scholars Program, which provides paid internships for diverse students attending law school. Fitzgerald holds a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

 

Brandon represents the new generation of LGBT lawyers who are taking positions of leadership across the country,” commented MCCA Executive Director Veta T. Richardson. “His energy and talent contribute to the success of our organization every day, and he richly deserves this award.”

 

“We are incredibly proud of these forty individuals,” said D’Arcy Kemnitz, Executive Director of the National LGBT Bar Association. “Together, they represent the best and brightest young minds in the LGBT legal community.”

 

About MCCA

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association advocates for the expanded hiring, promotion, and retention of minority attorneys in corporate legal departments and the law firms that serve them. MCCA furthers its mission by publishing research on achieving diversity and best practices in the legal profession, honoring innovative diversity programs with its Employer of Choice and Thomas L. Sager awards, and assisting diverse law students through the Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program. MCCA’s work has been recognized with awards from the National Minority Business Council, Inc., the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Gay and Lesbian Law Association, and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Founded in 1997, MCCA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and also has a Southeast regional office in Atlanta, Ga.  

 

About the National LGBT Bar Association

The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations. The association promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity. 



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