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                                       LGBT at Katten: Beyond Policies and Benefits

                                       Katten’s commitment to maintaining an inclusive environment for lesbian,
                                       gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees is evident in our practices,
                                       policies and benefits and also in our firm environment. When evaluating
                                       a law firm as a possible workplace, few things are more important to an
                                       LGBT attorney than a supportive environment, which starts at the top, with
                                       principal attorneys leading the way, including office managing partners.

                                       Y“ ou may have policies, but that doesn’t                 Equality” list by the Human Rights Campaign
                                                  necessarily make somebody feel comfortable     (HRC) due to retaining a 100 percent ranking
                                                  in the workplace,” acknowledges Brandon        on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a
                                        Hadley, Tax Planning partner in our Washington,          national benchmarking tool on corporate policies
                                        DC office and co-chair of Katten’s LGBT Coalition.       and practices relating to LGBT employees.
                                        Diane Bell, Corporate partner in Chicago and co-
                                        chair of the coalition, agrees. “At the end of the day,  Receiving this distinguished recognition, however,
                                        a big part of what most LGBT folks really want is a      is no easy task. Each year, Katten undergoes
                                        workplace where they can come and do their work          an in-depth analysis and rating of its policies,
                                        respectfully alongside their coworkers.”                 practices and benefits regarding LGBT employees.
                                                                                                 The HRC ranks the firm with regard to several
                                        Proud To Be Called One of the “Best                      criteria, including non-discrimination workplace
                                        Places to Work for LGBT Equality”                        protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-
                                                                                                 inclusive health care benefits, competency programs
                                        For the ninth consecutive year, Katten has been          and public engagement with the LGBT community.
                                        named to the “Best Places to Work for LGBT               While meeting the HRC’s criteria is crucial, equally

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