King & Spalding is committed to having the brightest and most diverse lawyers it can find, including members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. We work hard to foster and maintain an environment where our lawyers can provide the highest level of legal service while being true to themselves in the process. The firm’s non-discrimination policy prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Further, the firm’s employee benefits provide full parity between same- and opposite-sex spouses and between same- and opposite-sex domestic partners. The firm also provides transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage and the firm’s parental leave benefits are not restricted by sex.
- 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index Rating of 100%
- Merritt McAlister, Atlanta partner, serves as the immediate past President of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia, a professional association of attorneys, judges, law students, paralegals and other legal professionals who support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and who oppose discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Misty Peterson, Atlanta counsel, is a board member of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia.
- Laura Bennett, Washington, D.C., counsel, is on the Board of Directors for Rainbow Families DC.
- James Walker, Atlanta attorney, served on the Ethics & Professionalism Committee of the Georgia Bar’s Young Lawyer Division.
- Todd Amdor, Silicon Valley counsel, is an Officer and Director of the Hollyfield Foundation, a Houston-based LGBT non-profit funding foundation
- King & Spalding obtained a significant civil rights victory on behalf of a transgender client who was denied an unopposed petition to change his legal name. A panel of the Georgia Court of Appeals unanimously reversed the Columbia County, Georgia decision and ordered the lower court to grant the name-change petition. Merritt McAlister and Sedric Bailey led the charge in the Georgia Court of Appeals on behalf of their client, in partnership with Lambda Legal, a nationwide LGBT civil rights organization.
Facts and Figures
King & Spalding encourages and supports its partners, counsel, and associates taking leadership roles in organizations serving the LGBT community:
- The firm’s LGBT Affinity Group provides opportunities for partners, attorneys, and counsel throughout the firm to interact and collaborate on diversity efforts, including recent LGBT-themed continuing legal education programs on such topics as marriage equality and LGBT health-care issues.
King & Spalding actively recruits LGBT law students and seeks opportunities to partner with LGBT student organizations to help their members successfully navigate the process of moving from law student to lawyer. The firm annually attends Lavender Law, the National LGBT Bar Association’s conference and career fair. LGBT law students are eligible to apply for the King & Spalding Diversity Fellowship, which provides for a paid Summer Associate position, as well as an additional $10,000 in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and leadership to candidates from a diverse background.
- King & Spalding also provides ongoing support for various LGBT-related community organizations. Among others, the firm has engaged with:
- Georgia Equality’s Annual “Evening for Equality”
- Lambda Legal’s annual Garden Party celebration
- The Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia’s annual awards dinner
- Out and Proud Corporate Counsel Reception
- Whitman-Walker Health Clinic “Walk to End HIV”
- New York City Bar Association's LGBT Pride Reception