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March 2019

Gordon & Rees Partner Erika Shao Named Among Best 2019 LGBT Lawyers Under 40

Los Angeles partner Erika Shao has been named by the National LGBT Bar Association among the nation's 2019 "40 Best LGBTQ Lawyers Under 40." Shao is recognized for her work to promote and support diversity and inclusion with in the legal profession both within the firm and in the community.

Shao currently serves as co-chair of the LGBT Affinity Group and a member of the Asian American Pacific Islander Affinity Group. She has demonstrated a strong commitment to LGBTQ equality and has served on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Chapter of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), whose mission is to ensure that every member of the school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Sponsored annually by the LGBT Bar, the LGBT Under 40 Awards recognizes 40 LGBTQ and legal professionals under 40 years old who have distinguished themselves in the field and have demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBTQ and equality. Awardees will be recognized at the LGBT Bar's 2019 Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 7-9, 2019.

To learn more about this award, please click here.

Erika Shao is a trial attorney in Gordon & Rees’s Los Angeles office and a member of the Employment and Tort & Product Liability practice groups. Ms. Shao specializes in litigating single and multi-plaintiff employment cases in state and federal court for a wide range of business clients, including large corporations, public entities, and non-profit organizations.

Gordon & Rees is a national litigation and business transactions firm with more than 850 lawyers in offices across the United States. Our lawyers provide full service representation to public and private companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to start-ups. Founded in 1974, Gordon & Rees is recognized among the fastest growing and largest law firms in the country. Additionally, in 2018 Law360 ranked the firm among the top 40 largest U.S. firms and The American Lawyer ranked the firm among the top 45 on its Diversity Scorecard.


Erika L. Shao