Pride top 100 recognises three lawyers

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Jul 11, 2017
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Three legal profession figures have featured on a league table of Britain’s most influential campaigners for diversity of sexualities.

The “Pride power list” for this year – which was sponsored by the US law firm White & Case’s London office – was published yesterday by campaigner LindaRiley on the heels of the London Pride march at the weekend.

Leading the legal profession honours was Daniel Winterfeldt, a partner at the London office of the US law firm Reed Smith, who placed 50th – bang in the middle of the 100-strong list. Winterfeldt co-chairs the InterLaw Diversity Forum, described by the list’s organisers as “the leading LGBT+ legal network in the UK”.

In 85th position was Emma Woollcott, a partner at the London law firm Mishcon de Reya and founder of the firm’s “pride network”. Woollcott also founded Pink Law, a pro bono legal advice service.

And in 98th position was Wanda Goldwag, the chairwoman of the Office of Legal Complaints. The organisers said Goldwag had “spent a lifetime furthering the rights of the LGBT+ community”, pointing to her role as former managing director of website Queercompany.

Dog days in Manhattan

Life and the law just would not be as fun without New Yorkers. Step forward Michelle Kelban, a partner at the Manhattan office of the Los Angeles-based international firm Latham & Watkins.

Kelban is engaged in the age-old New York phenomenon of residents disputing with their neighbours. According to the New York Post, the co-chairwoman of the firm’s real estate practice has made the crucial mistake of coming over all lawyerly in her personal life.

At the centre of the dispute is a pit bull called Luna, which the management board of her block of flats in Chelsea accuses of being vicious. The first goal went to Kelban, who managed to produce a therapy support dog certificate on the grounds that Luna provides “emotional support” to her husband, who suffered an accident two years ago.

In a bid to level the score, the building’s board kept pointing out its own rules that specifically categorise pit bulls as a prohibited breed. Confronted with that Kelban decided to pay heed to the old warning that a lawyer who acts for themselves has a fool for a client and instructed Adam Bailey, another renowned NYC real estate specialist. “I call this dog racism,” said Bailey, according to the website “Because of [the dog’s] breed they are going after it.”

Doubtless, one day there will be a statue to Luna in Central Park.

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