Greenberg Traurig and Beretta Godoy Host First of Its Kind LGBT Seminar in Latin America

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To coincide with this year’s Mergers and Acquisitions in Latin America conference presented by the International Bar Association (IBA), the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP joined forces with Beretta Godoy to host a first of its kind LGBT Seminar in Latin America which took place on March 15 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

To coincide with this year’s Mergers and Acquisitions in Latin America conference presented by the International Bar Association (IBA), the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP joined forces with Beretta Godoy to host a first of its kind LGBT Seminar in Latin America which took place on March 15 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Randy A. Bullard, co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Miami Corporate and Securities Practice, and Stephen V. Pelliccia, an associate of the firm, participated as speakers along with an esteemed panel of experts from leading law firms and other business executives, including: Federico Godoy, Beretta Godoy, Argentina; Rocío Balestra, director of Comisión Nacional de Valores, Argentina; María José Sucarrat, director of the Companies’ Network for Diversity, Argentina; Robert Ellison, Shearman & Sterling, Brazil; Ignacio Meggiolaro, MBP PARTNERS, Argentina; and Rafhael Romero Bentos, Mattos Filho, Brazil.

The panel discussion focused on the following key topics regarding the LGBT community:

  • Hiring, Retention and Promotion of LGBT Talent
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Power of Diversity Policies in the Workplace – Productivity
  • Power of Friends “Allies” – Colleagues, Friends and Family
  • Diversity Programs as an Attractive Recruiting Tool
  • Engagement in Public Activities to Support the LGBT Community

“The world has changed significantly since 2001, when I became a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig. Early on, we took a monumental step as a firm and created our first LGBT Affinity Group to address issues particular to LGBT attorneys within the firm,” said Bullard, who serves as the Liaison Officer for Law Firm Management for the LGBT Law Committee of the IBA. “While I am thrilled of the progress we’ve made in hiring and promoting LGBT attorneys in law firms across the United States, there still remains a lot of work to do in the U.S., and across Latin America. This conference is hopefully a stepping stone to a broader conversation in Latin America about the visibility and promotion of LGBT attorneys.”

“I am thrilled to connect with LGBT leaders and have the opportunity to learn from their personal stories, which provides critical support for rising professionals like me,” added Pelliccia. “Without a dedicated LGBT support network, it would’ve been impossible to create such an open and connected law firm. Mentors and role models are central to the success of young attorneys in a large law firm context.”

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. One firm worldwide, GTLaw has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the second largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2016, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100. Web: http://www.gtlaw.com Twitter: @GT_Law.

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