Akin Gump Earns Perfect Score on HRC's Corporate Equality Index

(Washington, D.C.) – For the third year in a row, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has earned the top rating of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index, an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). Akin Gump joins the ranks of more than 300 major U.S. businesses that received top marks for their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and consumers.

“Akin Gump has long been committed to fairness and equality,” said R. Bruce McLean, Akin Gump’s chairman. “We are very proud that the HRC has recognized us once again for our success in fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce.”

Each year, HRC invites the largest and most successful public and private companies in the United States to participate in the rating process. The 2010 Index rated a total of 590 businesses, evaluating their LGBT policies, practices and protections. Akin Gump’s efforts in ensuring LGBT equality in each of the survey’s main criterion earned it the prestigious 100 percent ranking.

“Even in an economic environment that has presented new challenges for lawyers in private practice, the nation’s largest and most prestigious law firms have only stepped up their commitment to recruiting and retaining a diverse group of attorneys and staff,” said HRC Foundation President Joe Solmonese. “Legal work in this country is deeply rooted in our nation’s core values of equality and justice for all, and law firms continue to set the gold standard for treating their LGBT employees fairly.”

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. For more information on the 2010 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 800 lawyers and advisors in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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