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Out at Patterson


Out at Patterson is an affinity group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) attorneys at Patterson Belknap. We meet on a monthly basis to discuss issues of common interest, to foster a sense of community, to socialize as colleagues, and to assist in the firm's efforts to recruit, retain and promote qualified LGBT attorneys.


Message from the Chair of Out at Patterson

"I have found Patterson Belknap to be very welcoming of its LGBT attorneys and staff since my arrival in 1985. In addition to my involvement with Out at Patterson, I also chair our Benefits Committee, where we strive, in all our employee benefit arrangements, to recognize the needs of our LGBT employees. As an employee benefits lawyer, I have been grateful to be able to work to design programs intended to provide for the fairest available treatment of same-sex spouses, domestic partners and their children, and to work toward changes in the law to benefit LGBT families."

 — David M. Glaser
     Partner and Co-Chair, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group
     Chair, Out at Patterson

Our Pro Bono Service and Scholarship

Patterson Belknap has a strong record of pro bono service and scholarship on behalf of LGBT clients and related concerns. Our work has included: 
  • Numerous successful representations of LGBT refugees in the United States seeking asylum because of persecution in their home countries. 
  • Preparation of comprehensive analyses of disparate tax treatment of same sex spouses in light of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act. 
  • Numerous articles published by Patterson Belknap attorneys regarding treatment of same sex spouses and partners, and related presentations.

Our Leadership


 "Patterson Belknap fosters an inclusive and affirming work environment for lawyers, staff and their families. The support of our LGBT colleagues is reflected in our work, our policies and our firm culture. We believe this diversity broadens our understanding of clients' needs and enables us to deliver superior service."

 — Richard R. Upton, Partner
     Co-Chair, Tax Group
     Co-Chair, Diversity Committee


Our Community


"Patterson Belknap takes a comprehensive approach to LGBT issues that goes well beyond the implementation of policies important to LGBT attorneys and staff. The firm strives to ensure that an atmosphere of inclusiveness permeates all aspects of firm life and that diversity is celebrated, not merely tolerated. By its commitment to recruiting and promoting LGBT attorneys, and to advocating on behalf of LGBT clients and issues important to our community, Patterson Belknap shows a true dedication to fully incorporating LGBT attorneys and staff into the firm's culture." 


 — Matthew Shepherd, Counsel

"Patterson Belknap's inclusive atmosphere, which has always warmly welcomed my partner and me, is why I'm here. I believe genuine progress on LGBT issues takes more than just policies. In my experience, Patterson Belknap strives to take these extra steps." 


 — Karen R. Berry, Counsel

"Patterson Belknap is inclusive and conscientious in all the ways that matter to LGBT attorneys. That's just one of the reasons the firm is a terrific place to practice." 


 — Travis J. Tu, Partner