MoFo is proud of our LGBTQ+ lawyers and the contributions that they make to the firm and our communities every month of the year, but Pride Month is an especially exciting time for the firm as we come together to celebrate LGBTQ+ history, culture, and politics. During this month-long Q&A series, we'll hear from a number of MoFo lawyers about what Pride Month means to them.
Los Angeles associate Adam Brauner has extensive experience across all phases of litigation covering a broad range of employment law issues. His practice particularly focuses on defending small businesses, government entities, and multinational corporations in complex class actions and wage-and-hour disputes. He recently spoke to us about his experience as a diverse lawyer and what Pride Month means to him.
How have you personally participated in advocating for the advancement of LGBTQ+ rights?
For me, giving back is so important and is, without a doubt, the best way to honor the courage and sacrifice of those who came before me and blazed the trail. I have been privileged to participate in and work with local and national LGBTQ+ organizations, including the National LGBT Bar Association, the Orange County Lavender Bar Association, Out Leadership, and Lambda Legal, as well as working with local pro bono organizations in helping to support our community. I have also enjoyed mentoring younger lawyers and law students.
In my pro bono practice, to the extent possible, I try to work with LGBTQ+ clients. One of my most memorable representations was preventing the deportation of a gay HIV+ client to his home country, where he would have been unable to obtain life-saving medication. More recently, I worked with an L.A.-based pro bono clinic that provides name and gender-marker change services. Getting involved in leadership and service opportunities within our community has been the highlight of my professional career and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
How, if at all, has being LGBTQ+ made you a better/different kind of lawyer?
Being able to bring my whole self to work allows me to build relationships and connections that are more meaningful and more durable with both clients and colleagues. It also allows me to bring my whole heart and dedication to my work. I can connect my experience growing up gay to the experience we all face, at least to some degree, of the struggle to find acceptance in our families, communities, and professions.
Who has been your biggest role model in the LGBTQ+ movement?
RuPaul. He is the embodiment of authenticity, hustle, and positivity. Throughout his life, he has always been able to maintain a sense of humor in the face of adversity, and always preaches a message of love and acceptance. Long live the Qween!
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