Wilkinson Stekloff Associate Chanakya Sethi Recognized by National LGBT Bar Association, Named to Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 List

Washington, D.C. – Wilkinson Stekloff associate Chanakya Sethi was named to the Best LBGTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. Each year, the LGBT Bar recognizes LGBTQ+ lawyers, law professors, corporate counsel, and other legal professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and have demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBTQ+ equality. This year’s class of honorees will be recognized at the 2021 Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, which will take place July 28 to 30 in Los Angeles.

“I am honored to be included among this talented group of attorneys,” said Wilkinson Stekloff associate Chan Sethi. “And I am committed to continuing to work in pursuit of equality for the LGBT community.”

Chan has counseled clients in a wide range of notable high-stakes matters, including the successful representation of a federal judge in mandamus proceedings before the en banc D.C. Circuit and a four-month criminal jury trial in Boston. As part of his pro bono efforts, Chan recently served as counsel of record to amici historians in Bostock v. Clayton County and Fulton v. Philadephia, two major LGBT rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. The historians’ brief in Bostock was featured by the American Lawyer after the Court’s landmark decision recognizing that LGBT employees are protected under federal law from employment discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Chan is also co-counsel with Lambda Legal in an ongoing state habeas proceeding representing a gay man living with HIV. 

Founded in February 2016, Wilkinson Stekloff has grown to nearly 40 lawyers and has quickly established itself as the leading trial boutique firm in the country. The firm has tried over a dozen cases to verdict across the country, winning the vast majority, and has won several other pre-trial victories in bet-the-company cases.