PRESS RELEASE: Pullman & Comley, LLC Hosts “Strengthening Your Business With LGBT Diversity"

April 3, 2014  

Pictured, from left to right: Deidre McGuinness, Kurtzman Carson Consultants; Peter Dillon, Praxair, Inc.; Jessica Grossarth, partner at Pullman & Comley and chair of the firm's Diversity Committee; Jodie Bechard, Weichert Realtors - The Zubretsky Group; Rachel Goldberg, City of Stamford; and Megan Youngling Carannante, Pullman & Comley labor and employment attorney.

HARTFORD, Conn.:  The law firm of Pullman & Comley hosted a panel discussion, “Strengthening Your Business with LGBT Diversity” on April 3 at The Hartford Club in Hartford, Connecticut.

The panel addressed the issues that gay and transgender professionals face in the workplace, and what businesses can do to create a supportive environment to recruit and maintain a diverse and productive workforce.  Panelists included  Jodie Bechard of Weichert Realtors - The Zubretsky Group; Deidre McGuinness, Esq. of Kurtzman Carson Consultants; Megan Youngling Carannante, a labor and employment attorney with Pullman & Comley; Peter Dillon, Praxair, Inc.; and Rachel Goldberg, City of Stamford.  Pullman & Comley partner Jessica Grossarth, who chairs the firm’s Diversity Committee, served as moderator.

“Businesses recognize diversity as a key part of their strategy,” said Jessica.  “Clients and customers are diverse, and look for diversity in the companies that they do business with. Our audience was very interested in gaining a better understanding of the challenges that LGBT employees still face, and how they as employers and coworkers can foster a positive atmosphere for a diverse workforce.”

About Pullman & Comley LLC

With nearly 90 attorneys, Pullman & Comley, LLC is one of Connecticut’s largest firms and provides a wide range of legal services to clients in the New England region, as well as throughout the United States and internationally.  The firm’s major practice areas include business organizations and finance; environmental and land use; government finance; health care; labor, employment law and employee benefits; litigation; property valuation; real estate; regulatory, energy and telecommunications; and trusts and estates. The firm has offices in Bridgeport, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury and White Plains.  The firm is an active member of the Law Firm Alliance, an international affiliation of law firms.  For more information, please visit