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. Our partner Michael Gallion has served as outside general counsel for GLAAD.  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.




Givonna Long concentrates her practice in complex business litigation, commercial and consumer litigation, and regulatory investigations.  Givonna has been named to “Chicago Women in Law: Making an Impact” published by Chicago Lawyer Magazine and is listed as an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star. She was selected as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2012 by the LGBT Bar Association.  She is also a member of The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC) and supports LGBTQ efforts throughout the Chicagoland area.



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



Michael Gallion is a partner in Kelley Drye’s Labor and Employment practice group.  For over two decades, 
Michael has focused exclusively on representing clients in all aspects of labor and employment law. He has defended companies in virtually every type of employment dispute, administrative proceeding and regulatory action in venues throughout California and across the country.  He is long-standing supporter and leader in the LGBTQ community who devotes significant time and resources to key organizations serving this community, including GLAAD, LAMBDA Legal, Lavender Law and the Human Rights Campaign. Most recently, Michael served as GLAAD’s outside general counsel, overseeing all of the organization’s legal affairs.



Bryce Linsenmayer is a corporate partner focusing his practice on securities law and mergers and acquisitions. He advises issuers and investment bankers in public offerings and domestic and foreign private placements of debt and equity securities, and is involved in negotiating and closing mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnerships.  Bryce served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of Bering Omega Community Services, a Houston-based nonprofit serving people living with HIV/AIDS through dental, housing and hospice services. Bryce is also active in The Victory Fund, a nationwide organization promoting LGBTQ candidates running for public office at the local, state and national levels.