Today, the National LGBT Bar Association, the official affiliate of the American Bar Association, announced its 2011 list of the "Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40." Of the 40 honorees -- who include lawyers from across the country -- one-quarter practice in the District, more than in any other city.
The local lawyers recognized include three government lawyers: David W. Knight, trial attorney in the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice; Benjamin C. Mizer, senior counsel in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice; and Matthew Murphy, acting director of the Office of Equal Opportunity at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Two lawyers who work at nonprofit organizations also are represented: Deborah Golden, staff attorney with the DC Prisoners' Project since it became a part of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and Lisa Mottet, director of the Transgender Civil Rights Project at the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.
Also honored are five area lawyers who work in private practice: Paul A. Ainsworth, associate at Covington & Burling's D.C. office; Tico Almeida, associate at Sanford Wittels & Heisler's D.C. office; Mark W. Brennan, associate at Hogan Lovells's D.C. office; Eva N. Juncker, partner at Zavos Juncker Law Group; and Brian J. Winterfeldt, partner at Steptoe & Johnson's D.C. office.
The National LGBT Bar Association, per its website, is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliates of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender legal organizations. The LGBT Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.
To see a list of all the honorees, click here.