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Buckley Sandler LLP Earns Perfect Score in 2016 Corporate Equality Index

Washington, DC (November 18, 2015) – Buckley Sandler LLP, a leading national financial services and criminal and civil enforcement and complex litigation law firm, has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). A national benchmarking survey, CEI reports on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality. Buckley Sandler joins the ranks of 407 major U.S. businesses earning top marks this year.

“This recognition by the Human Rights Campaign coincides with our commitment to providing an inclusive, supportive workplace for all our employees and their families,” noted Chairman and Executive Partner, Andrew L. Sandler. “Our goal has always been to hire, retain, and promote the best and brightest attorneys and staff while providing a diverse, collaborative work experience that empowers everyone to provide first class service to our clients.”

Buckley Sandler’s policies, practices, and structures satisfied all of the CEI’s criteria results, receiving a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. The 2016 CEI rated 1,027 businesses in the report, which evaluated LGBT-related policies and practices, including non-discrimination workplace protections; domestic partner benefits; transgender-inclusive health care benefits; competency programs; and public engagement with the LGBT community.

“We are very proud of this perfect score on the CEI,” said Buckley Sandler Partner Valerie L. Hletko. “It reflects the firm’s commitment to recruit and retain the best lawyers from a diverse candidate pool, as well as the firm’s partnership with clients and colleagues throughout the industry to promote workplace equality.”

Buckley Sandler has received continual recognition as a “top workplace” for attorneys and staff alike. The firm was named a 2015 Top Workplace by the Washington Post, a 2016 Top 5 Vault Best Law Firm to Work For, and one of the American Lawyer’s Top 10 Firms on the 2015 Midlevel Associates Survey, on which the firm received top marks in the areas of partner relations, associate relations, pro bono work, interesting work, work satisfaction, compensation, and the billable hours policy. The firm has been an American Lawyer Diversity Scorecard Honoree since 2012 and was ranked in the top 20% of firms nationwide on the 2014 Diversity Scorecard. Buckley Sandler has been named a 2014 and 2015 Glass Ceiling Smasher by Law360, counting the firm among the top 25 U.S. firms with the highest percentage of female partners.

For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

With more than 160 lawyers in Washington, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and London, Buckley Sandler provides best-in-class legal counsel to meet the challenges of its financial services industry and other corporate and individual clients across the full range of government enforcement actions, complex and class action litigation and transactional, regulatory and public policy issues. Operating in the United Kingdom as Buckley Sandler International LLP, a limited liability partnership incorporated in England and Wales, for the practice of US law. The Firm represents numerous national and international leading financial services institutions. Online:; Twitter:; InfoBytes Blog:

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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