June 23, 2016
Damon W. Suden, a litigation partner in the New York office of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, has been recognized as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. The awardees were selected based upon their accomplishments in their respective fields and their commitment to civil rights.
“We congratulate Damon on this significant achievement,” said Lew Rose, Kelley Drye’s managing partner and diversity committee member. “Only a year after becoming partner, Damon has taken on an important role in representing clients and has sustained his long-standing support for LGBT equality. His creativity and knowledge as a litigator and continuous advocacy make him a tremendous asset to Kelley Drye and the LGBT community.”
Mr. Suden has been a strong advocate for LGBT diversity and equal opportunity in the legal profession and at Kelley Drye. He is a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and is a founding co-chair of the firm’s LGBT Employee Network, a group dedicated to building upon the firm’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the recruiting and retention of attorneys and staff, and to facilitating understanding of unique issues facing the LGBT community.
“I am honored to be named among such a talented group of attorneys who are all-stars in their fields and staunch advocates for the LGBT community,” said Mr. Suden. “I bring the same passion to my representation of clients at Kelley Drye, as I do to the continuing fight for LGBT equality. We have made remarkable progress, but still have a lot of work to do. I am truly thankful for this recognition.”
As part of his efforts at Kelley Drye, Mr. Suden will co-host the firm’s first LGBT Pride event in June to celebrate the firm’s support, pro bono efforts and other involvement with groups such as Lambda Legal, the New York Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the National LGBT Bar Association, GLAAD and Immigration Equality. He acts as the firm’s liaison with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, New York Chapter and is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association and the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York. Mr. Suden is also a long-standing member of the Trevor Project, an organization that provides a safe social networking community for LGBT youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults and advocacy initiatives.
Mr. Suden will be recognized along with the other honorees at the Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair in Washington, D.C. this August.