Haynes and Boone Earns Top Marks in 2009 Corporate Equality Index


DALLAS – Haynes and Boone, LLP has earned the top rating of 100 percent in the 2009 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Haynes and Boone joins 259 other major U.S. businesses that received top marks for their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and consumers.

“Striving for equality for all employees is an ongoing initiative at Haynes and Boone,” said Felicity Fowler, a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group and chair of the Haynes and Boone Diversity Committee. “The firm is committed to diversity and to continuing efforts aimed at embracing and valuing all of our employees.”

Added Nicholas Even, a Securities Litigation partner and Diversity Committee member: “Haynes and Boone recognizes that our lawyers and staff must reflect the diversity of our clients and the communities in which we live. We strongly believe that such inclusiveness enhances innovation and the delivery of quality service to a diverse marketplace. We are proud of the efforts we have made and we thank the Human Rights Campaign for this recognition.”

The CEI rated 583 businesses, evaluating LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination policies, transgender health benefits and domestic partner benefits. Haynes and Boone’s efforts in ensuring LGBT equality in each of the survey’s main criterion earned it the prestigious 100 percent ranking.

For more information on the 2009 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Moscow, providing a full spectrum of legal services. With almost 500 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the United States by The National Law Journal. In addition to its top ranking on the 2009 CEI, the firm has been recognized as one of the “Best Corporate Law Firms in America” (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001-2008), as one of The Best 20 Law Firms for Overall Diversity (Vault, 2009), a Top 25 Law Firm for Hispanic Americans (MultiCultural Law Magazine, 2008), and a Top 100 Law Firm for Women (Women 3.0, 2008).

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