LGBTQ Network

The Kelley Drye LGBTQ Network is an affinity group of friends, allies and members of the LGBTQ community. Open to everyone, the group reflects the firm’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion and to increasing understanding of, and involvement in, the unique issues facing the LGBTQ community.

Kelley Drye is a member of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce of NY (NGLCCNY) and supports a number of LGBTQ organizations including the Trevor Project, SAGE and Immigration Equality, as well as the National LGBT Bar Association, LAMBDA Legal and LeGaL.  We are proud to have received a score of 100 on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index.





Damon Suden is a litigation partner who focuses his practice on commercial and complex civil litigation, including class actions in both state and federal courts, contract disputes, corporate fraud and other tort claims, unfair competition, false advertising litigation, and employment related matters.  Damon has been a consistently strong advocate for LGBTQ diversity and equal opportunity in the legal profession, and at Kelley Drye.  He is a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the founding co-chair of the firm’s LGBTQ 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 boosting understanding of unique issues facing the LGBTQ community.  In 2016, Damon was selected as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the LGBT Bar Association. In 2017, he was named co-chair of Fordham University Law School’s Alumni LGBTQ Affinity Group.




Michael Kosmas is a partner practicing primarily in the corporate law and real estate law areas, principally for the global hospitality/leisure industry.  He focuses on representing some of the most sophisticated players in the hospitality industry in a wide variety of corporate transactions including acquisitions and dispositions, developments and financings of hotels and resorts around the world.  He is the founding co-chair of the firm’s LGBTQ Network