Butler Rubin Recognized In Equality Illinois “Raising The Bar” Survey

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Honors Firm

CHICAGO, August 9, 2013 – The Chicago-based law firm Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP has been recognized among a group of thirty-eight Illinois law firms for “Raising the Bar” and leading the way in providing a safe and fair work environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and engaging with the LGBT community.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel honored the firms at the Equality Illinois Raising the Bar Recognition Breakfast on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Chicago’s Loop.

“Lawyers, as defenders of the law, are at the forefront of what we have accomplished in securing and protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans, and their work environments should reflect that same commitment,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state’s oldest and largest LGBT advocacy organization. “The law firms that Equality Illinois is recognizing exceed that criteria, and we are pleased to honor them in the 2013 Raising the Bar report.”

With the information gathered from the 2013 Equality Illinois Law Firm Survey, Equality Illinois identified the law firms in Illinois that are leading the way to LGBT workplace equality and community engagement. One hundred percent of the firms have an equal employment or non-discrimination policy that expressly includes sexual orientation, and 92 percent have an equal employment policy or non-discrimination policy that includes gender identity and/or gender expression. Over 80 percent of the firms have a diversity council or group that includes LGBT issues, provide diversity training, and support LGBT issues through making financial donations, doing pro bono work, and participating in community events.

Formed in 1980, Chicago-based Butler Rubin has established itself as a well-known litigation boutique assisting clients nationally and internationally in the core practice areas of reinsurance and complex business disputes, including antitrust, competition law and opt-out antitrust litigation; class actions; defense of corporate directors and officers; mortgage-backed securities litigation and related insurance litigation; mortgage insurance; credit insurance; insolvency; creditors’ rights; and products liability and mass tort matters.