CHICAGO (October 10, 2011) — Randall Ortman, an associate at the international law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP, has been appointed a member of the Board of Directors of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (“LAGBAC”).
"The Firm lauds this remarkable achievement at this early stage in Randall’s career,” said Lisa A. Linsky, McDermott’s partner-in-charge of LGBT Diversity and Inclusion, noting that Mr. Ortman graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 2011 and will become a member of the Illinois bar next month. ”He has been actively committed to promoting and supporting the interests of the LGBT community in the legal profession and beyond. We are delighted that he has recently joined the Firm as an associate and proud of his demonstrated leadership. I am confident that Randall will continue to make important contributions to diversity initiatives within the Firm and further civil rights in the broader community.”
Mr. Ortman recently joined McDermott's Chicago office as a member of the Health Industry Advisory Practice Group. While in law school, he served as a student member of the Board of Directors of LAGBAC, as well as outreach and social affairs chairperson for OUTLaw and representative to the OUTLaw Coalition of Chicago, a student LGBT organization.
LAGBAC is a professional organization of lawyers, judges, law students and legal professionals. Rooted in the common goals of mutual respect and tolerance, LAGBAC offers a vast array of networking and professional development opportunities to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning legal community. Through its educational initiatives, LAGBAC seeks to increase awareness among the public, the legal profession and the judicial system about legal issues of particular concern to the LGBTIQ community.
McDermott’s commitment to diversity has been widely recognized. In 2010 and 2011, for example, Equality Illinois ranked the Firm as one of the three most friendly firms in Illinois for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees (LGBT). McDermott has also been named one of the “Best Places to Work” in the United States for LGBT individuals by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), and has received a 100% score on HRC's Corporate Equality Index since 2006.
McDermott Will & Emery’s commitment to diversity is founded on the belief that diversity is necessary to achieve excellence in all aspects of client service. The Firm is committed to a culture that values and nurtures diversity and appreciates its importance in attracting and retaining exceptional talent. To meet this commitment, McDermott has established diversity programs and practices which have helped the Firm to encourage a breadth of ideas, experiences, perspectives and insights that are necessary to meet the challenges of today's global economy.
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