LGBTQ Affinity Group

Supporting & Celebrating Our LGBTQ Colleagues

Our Mission Statement

Our LGBTQ Affinity Group is dedicated to fostering a culture of visibility, retention, and recruitment within our organization. We strive to create and maintain an equitable, inclusive, and supportive environment where individuals of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities feel valued and supported so that they may contribute, thrive, and excel. By actively engaging with LGBTQ communities, participating in job fairs, and partnering with external LGBTQ organizations, we consistently work to increase the diversity and representation of LGBTQ individuals in our workforce. These efforts support our commitment to attract, retain, and empower LGBTQ employees, as we recognize that promoting their diverse talents and perspectives benefit the individuals as well as our organization as a whole. 


Lewis Brisbois is delighted to announce the 2024 co-chairs of its LBGTQ Affinity Group: Hartford Managing Partner Angeline (“Angie”) Ioannou, San Bernardino Partner Dean McVay, and Los Angeles/Indian Wells Partner Patrick Foley. These leaders will work together to foster a culture of visibility, retention, and recruitment of LGBTQ talent within our organization.

Angie is a member of the Healthcare and General Liability Practices and has more than 20 years of litigation experience. She splits her practice between handling healthcare matters and defending complex tort and commercial liability claims involving wrongful death and catastrophic injuries. Angie has tried five cases to verdict and has conducted more than 100 matters in binding arbitration and mediation.

Dean is a member of the Healthcare, Medical Malpractice, and Long-Term Care Practices. He has over 30 years of experience in civil litigation including health care litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith, real estate, and commercial litigation. He regularly defends physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other healthcare and long-term care professionals and organizations.

Patrick serves as vice-chair of the firm’s Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation and Asbestos Litigation Practices. He focuses his practice on the defense of manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, and premises owners in toxic tort and environmental litigation. He also routinely handles matters involving mass torts, general liability, product liability, and professional malpractice.

Thank you, Angie, Dean, and Patrick, for stepping into these important leadership positions and for advancing the firm’s ongoing goal of attracting, retaining, and empowering LGBTQ employees.


Lewis Brisbois Celebrates Pride Month

Throughout Pride Month 2022, Lewis Brisbois honored our LGBTQ colleagues and the LGBTQ community at large with a month-long spotlight series during which we shared reflections from LGBTQ members of our Lewis Brisbois family. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this series. See all of these spotlights in one place here

Learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion at Lewis Brisbois here.

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