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Jenner & Block Partners Lindsay C. Harrison and Luke C. Platzer have been named 2012 “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40” by the National LGBT Bar Association. The annual award recognizes “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality.”
The bar association’s announcement of the selections noted that the 40 individuals who were selected have all made “unique contributions to the fight for equality.” This is the third year the LGBT Bar Association has presented the “Best Lawyers Under 40” Award and Jenner & Block attorneys have been recognized in each of those years. In 2010, Partner Scott B. Wilkens was named to the list and last year Associate Joshua Rafsky was selected. Ms. Harrison and Mr. Platzer will be recognized at an awards luncheon on Saturday, August 25 during the Lavender Law Conference in Washington, DC.
Ms. Harrison is a member of the Firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice and regularly participates in appellate litigation matters before the federal appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court in a wide variety of subject matters. She also is nationally known for her accomplishments in matters involving the hospitality industry, successfully representing hotel management companies in high-stakes, multi-million dollar lawsuits and arbitrations. In addition, Ms. Harrison has an active pro bono practice and was likely one of the youngest attorneys in history to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court during her representation of a pro bono client seeking asylum in the United States. The result was a landmark decision creating a precedent that has saved thousands of asylum-seekers from harm while appeals of their cases are pending.
Mr. Platzer is a member of the Firm’s Communications and Content, Media & Entertainment Practices, and focuses primarily on intellectual property and regulatory issues relating to the Internet and other new media platforms. Presently, he is a core member of the Firm’s team in Disney, et al., v. Hotfile Corp., representing five major U.S. motion picture studios in a high-profile copyright infringement action against the file-hosting website Hotfile Corp. Mr. Platzer also has an active pro bono practice and is playing an instrumental role on the Firm’s team representing the plaintiffs in the historic lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.