LGBT rights organization OUTstanding has named Baker & McKenzie Partner David Palumbo to its 2016 list of Leading 100 LGBT Executives, ranking him No. 18 globally for his numerous efforts to achieve positive change for LGBT people inside and outside the workplace.

Presented by the Financial Times, honorees are selected based on their efforts to promote LGBT inclusion, their recent business achievements and their seniority and influence in the business. This year's honorees are "actively working to create an environment where LGBT+ people can comfortably bring their best professional selves to work."

"As chair of the Toronto Diversity & Inclusion committee, David works to create a welcoming and safe space to allow all staff, students and lawyers who are LGBT to be their whole self in the workplace," OUTstanding said. "He also holds a wide-open door policy for anyone in the organization who is seeking support."

The publication noted Mr. Palumbo's involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and his role as an executive board member of the You Can Play Project, an organization that promotes equality and safety of LGBT athletes, coaches and fans regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Mr. Palumbo is also an active supporter of the Canadian Safe Schools Network and a member of The 519, an LGBT community center in Toronto for which he recently led a fundraising drive to refurbish its pro bono legal counseling clinic.

"I am honored to receive this recognition from OUTstanding and the Financial Times, and to be in the company of so many prominent LGBT business leaders from around the world," Mr. Palumbo said. "Baker & McKenzie understands how important it is for members of the LGBT community to have a voice in the workplace, and I'm proud to be included in this list as a member of the Firm."

Mr. Palumbo is a member of Baker & McKenzie's North America Corporate & Securities Practice in Toronto, advising clients on public and private financings in a broad range of sectors, including healthcare, life sciences and biotech, investment funds, asset management and regulatory compliance. He is also a co-chair of the Toronto legal community's largest annual fundraiser, AIDSbeat, in support of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research.

"In addition to being a top-tier lawyer, David has been a tireless advocate of promoting diversity and inclusion throughout our community," said Kevin Coon, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie's Toronto office. "His efforts have not only helped others, but also made Baker & McKenzie a better firm."

Baker & McKenzie is committed to creating and maintaining an open and supportive working environment for all employees, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. The Firm has received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index for six consecutive years, earning the notable distinction as a "Best Place to Work" in the US for LGBT equality.

Learn more about Baker & McKenzie's Diversity & Inclusion efforts in North America.

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