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Major companies such as Microsoft are ranking diversity as a high priority when hiring outside legal teams, and there are signs that some Big Law firms have come become more inclusive when it comes to the LGBT community. But how much change has there really been in terms of the representation of lawyers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender?

Most of the 130 firms that responded to the survey consistently in each of the past four years are in the Am Law 200, and they include giants like Latham & Watkins and DLA Piper, as well as Fenwick & West, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and other firms with somewhat smaller footprints. The numbers suggest not only a steady increase in the aggregate number of attorneys who identify as LGBT at these firms, but that the growth in LGBT attorneys is outpacing overall law firm headcount growth.

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Ben Hancock

Ben Hancock is the Data Editor for ALM Media and Law.com. Based in San Francisco, he leads a newsroom initiative to produce insightful, data-driven journalism. Ben can be reached at bhancock@alm.com.

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Nicholas Bruch, Director, ALM Intelligence

Nicholas is a Director at ALM Legal Intelligence. He is ALM’s principle analyst for the legal market and is the Director of the ALM Intelligence Fellows Program. Nick’s research on the legal market is regularly featured in The American Lawyer and other industry leading media outlets. Nick also speaks extensively on the legal market, keynoting major industry events and speaking at partner retreats for large and mid-sized law firms. Prior to joining ALM Legal Intelligence, Nick was part of Huron Consulting’s Law Firm Strategy Practice in the firm’s New York and London offices. Nicholas’s experience includes advising law firms and law department in developing and developed markets on issues related to strategy, business development, market intelligence, and operations. Nick holds a Masters of International Business from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA in Economics and Philosophy from DePaul University.

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