March 03, 2020

Jenner & Block Associate E.K. McWilliams has been named among the nation’s “Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40.”  The LGBT Bar established the award to recognize outstanding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal professionals under age 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and demonstrated a commitment to LGBT equality.  McWilliams will be recognized at the annual Lavender Law Conference in August.

McWilliams is a senior associate in the Investigations, Compliance and Defense Practice who has worked on high-profile white collar criminal defense and investigative matters. McWilliams has performed hundreds of hours of pro bono service each year, including successfully advocating for prisoners who seek to vindicate constitutional rights under Section 1983 and representing indigent individuals in trials in municipal court.  McWilliams has also developed a niche in anti-money laundering, has received a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Specialist designation and is published widely on anti-money laundering issues. 

McWilliams is Jenner & Block’s first transgender lawyer and is an advocate for LGBTQ diversity and inclusion at the law firm.   McWilliams serves as co-chair of our firm’s LGBTQ Forum and as a member of our Transgender Working Group, has brought attention to promotion and inclusion of transgender individuals and has helped draft critical policy changes at the firm.  Since graduating law school, E.K. has served as an active mentor to LGBTQ law students at Northwestern, coaching students through exams, OCI, and the transition from being a student to being a practicing lawyer. McWilliams was also was previously named a firm Mentor of the Year for their dedication to mentoring junior associates at Jenner & Block.

Other firm lawyers to earn this honor include Partners Emily Chapuis, Matthew D. CipollaLindsay Harrison, Emily Loeb,  Patrick Pearsall, Luke Platzer and Adam Unikowsky.