Mark Purpura Named as One of the Best Lawyers Under 40 by the LGBT Bar Association

August 18, 2011

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Washington, DC (September 7, 2011) – The National LGBT Bar Association is proud to announce the recipients of its second annual Best LGBT Lawyers under 40 award. The LGBT Bar established this award to recognize 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.

Mark V. Purpura, a director of Richards, Layton & Finger in Wilmington, DE, is one of the 40 award recipients. Mr. Purpura’s diverse legal practice focuses on complex transactions involving Delaware entities, as well as banking, trust and insurance matters. Earlier this year, he was instrumental in securing the passage of a bill legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples in Delaware.

The Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 Class of 2011 will be recognized at the Lavender Law Conference being held September 8-10 in Hollywood, California. The National LGBT Bar Association’s congratulations go out to all of this year’s winners:

Paul Ainsworth
Covington & Burling LLP
Tico Almeida
Freedom to Work
Tara Borelli
Lambda Legal Defense &
Educational Fund, Inc.
Jonathan J. Boyles
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Mark W. Brennan
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Dena M. Castricone
Murtha Cullina LLP
Patience Crozier
Law Office of Joyce Kauffman
William T. Eveland
Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Deborah M. Golden
Washington Lawyers, Committee
for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs
Jordan Heinz
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Elizabeth Hodges-Williams
Hodges-Williams LLC
Lousene M. Hoppe
Fredrikson & Byron, PA
Donald P. Howerton
Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Law Department
Courtney Joslin
UC Davis School of Law
Eva N. Juncker
Zavos Juncker Law Group, PLLC
David Knight
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
Matthew P. Krupnick
Krupnick & Krupnick, APLC
M. Dru Levasseur
Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
John L. Litchfield
Foley & Lardner LLP
Joseph A. Loy
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Laura Maechtlen
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Thomas A. Magnani
Howard Rice
Neal Minahan
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Benjamin C. Mizer
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel
Enrique Monagas
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Lisa Mottet
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Matthew B. Murphy
Equality Employment Opportunity Commission
Amie Needham
Thompson Coburn LLP
Tiffany Palmer
Jerner & Palmer, P.C.
Sarah Piepmeier
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Mark Purpura
Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.
Joshua Rafsky
Jenner & Block LLP
Aimee E. Saginaw
McLaughlin & Stern, LLP
Rose Saxe
American Civil Liberties Union
David Tsai
Perkins Coie LLP
Jennifer K.T. Warner
Con-Way Enterprise Services
Brian Winterfeldt
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Daniel Winterfeldt
CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
Samuel Wolfe
Southern Poverty Law Center
Janson Wu
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) 

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The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliates of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender legal organizations. The LGBT Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.

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