Embracing inclusion. As a proponent of diversity, equity and inclusion for everyone, we actively recruit attorneys and professional staff who identify as LGBT. And we have developed inclusive professional development and career advancement programs that benefit all Goodwin attorneys and professional staff. 

Pride@Goodwin helps to build a strong network of LGBT professionals and allies at Goodwin, we formed the partner-led Pride initiative, which focuses on recruiting, retaining and advancing LGBT talent, plus creating a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment across the firm. Pride is chaired by partners Koray Bulut and James Mattus

Our firm works hard to foster connections and collaboration among all members of our community. Pride@Goodwin champions this effort by hosting annual Pride celebrations in each of our offices. 

Sponsorships and Accolades

Each year, the firm sponsors the following events:

  • The National Lesbian and Gay Association (NLGLA) Conference 
  • The NLGLA Lavender Law Job Fair 
  • The ACLU and NYCLU LGBT & AIDS Project Cocktail Reception in New York 
  • Greater Boston PFLAG Pride & Passion Annual Benefit and Auction 
  • The GLAD Spirit of Justice Award Dinner in Boston
  • The Annual Lawyers for Transgender Rights Event in Boston
  • Lambda Legal National Sponsor

On behalf of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), we played a prominent role in winning the fight for same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. We worked directly with GLAD’s Civil Rights project director on her brief and historic oral argument that made Massachusetts the first state to recognize that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. (Read our Case Study "Now Justice is Bliss")

Since then, Pride@Goodwin has continued to work with GLAD to protect the rights of LGBT individuals. Recently, we authored a powerful amicus brief in support of Gavin Grimm – a 15-year-old transgender high school student who was prohibited by the Gloucester County School Board from using the high school’s boys’ restrooms – in his successful appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

Pride@Goodwin also works closely with firm management to ensure that the firm’s policies and practices are protective of our LGBT employees, as well as all other protected categories of employees. As a result, we have been repeatedly recognized as a Human Rights Campaign “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality,” a distinction awarded to businesses who receive a 100 percent score on the organization’s Corporate Equality Index.

HRC 2019

For the sixth year, Goodwin has been named to the Human Rights Campaign
Foundation’s 2019 Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality list.

Human Rights Campaign


Achieving an inclusive culture is not only about the destination, but the journey taken to get there. At Goodwin, we are continually committed to the journey toward greater inclusivity for our firm, our clients and the communities in which we operate. Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values embedded in our approach to the business and practice of law, as well as in the initiatives we drive and in the workplace environment we cultivate.

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James T. Mattus

Co-Chair, ERISA & Executive Compensation
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Yakiry Adal

Director, Diversity, Equity + Inclusion
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Carrie Gilman

Director, DEI Client Development & Engagement
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