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Greenberg Traurig's Guedes: "Our GLBT lawyers are prominent, successful and very much involved in the GLBT community"

An e-mail today from Greenberg Traurig attorney Edward G. Guedes (pictured):

Dear Mr. Rothaus,

GuedesI read with interest your article in today's newspaper regarding gay lawyers and the increasing need for diversity in terms of sexual orientation.  As an out lawyer who has been practicing for 19 years and a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig (GT), Florida's largest law firm (and the nation's seventh largest), I was disappointed to see no mention of GT or any of its out and proud lawyers.  GT, like Akerman Senterfitt and Holland & Knight, is a frequent sponsor and supporter of GLBT events in the community.  Our GLBT lawyers are prominent, successful and very much involved in the GLBT community, while also serving our non-GLBT clients.

I, for one, am a past president of the Miami Gay Men's Chorus, served on innumerable GLBT boards and committees and currently serve on the advisory board that counsels the Dade Community Foundation with respect to how to disburse proceeds locally generated by National Gay and Lesbian Task Force events like the Winter Party and the Annual Recognition Dinner.  By the same token, I am very much involved professionally in the Bar, having just served as Co-Chair of the 50th Anniversary Committee of the Florida's Third District Court of Appeal.  My colleagues at GT are equally if not more committed to the GLBT community and their profession.

No doubt, if we were overlooked in your article that has more to do with our visibility on the GLBT radar (not the same as Gaydar, of course) than with your article, and that's very much a shame.  We are proud of our firm and its support for GLBT issues, as well as the full benefts it offers to all its GLBT lawyers and their domestic partners.  In the future, I hope we can encourage you to consider GT as a supporter of GLBT issues and its lawyers as out and proud members of the GLBT and professional communities.  While we can't all be Greg Baldwin or Richard Milstein -- pioneers in every sense of the word -- we represent a hopeful future where being gay or lesbian is not a hindrance to a person's professional advancement.

Sincerely,

Edward G. Guedes, Esq.
Board Certified in Appellate Practice
Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

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