July 23, 2015Press Release

Michael Best & Friedrich Recognized by Equality Illinois as Top Law Firm for Commitment to Diversity

CHICAGO (July 23, 2015) – Equality Illinois (EQIL) has recognized the Chicago office of Michael Best & Friedrich as one of the top Illinois firms for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) diversity and inclusive practices.

The EQIL honor is based upon the results of the Equality Illinois 2015 Law Firm Survey, which included questions on law firm personnel policies; civil union and same-sex partner benefits; and diversity training and engagement with the LGBT community at large. Michael Best & Friedrich is one of 42 Illinois law firms that EQIL has recognized for “Raising the Bar” and leading the way in engaging and providing a welcoming and fair work environment for the LGBT community.

“Michael Best & Friedrich knows that different perspectives, voices and worldviews are critical to our firm’s success,” says Kerryann Haase Minton, managing partner of the Chicago office of Michael Best & Friedrich. “Our inclusive environment allows for a variety of opinions that help us better serve our clients’ interests. We are committed to promoting and sustaining a diverse, inclusive environment within our offices because of the positive impact it has on firm culture, employee satisfaction and client service. In addition, it simply is the right thing to do.”

Michael Best & Friedrich was honored by Equality Illinois at its annual “Raising the Bar” breakfast event on July 21st. Equality Illinois is dedicated to securing, protecting, and defending equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Illinois. For more information, visit

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