On June 9, the San Francisco Business Times recognized MoFo’s Keith Wetmore at the 2016 Business of Pride LGBT Leadership Awards. Keith was one of 12 corporate leaders to receive an “Outstanding Voices” award, and he was the only law firm leader recognized at this year’s ceremony.
In 2001, Keith made history as the first openly gay man elected chair of a major law firm.
“I would hear stories about others that dealt with animosity,” Keith told San Francisco Business Times. “I really had none of that and felt an immense amount of support.”
Keith led the firm for 12 years, growing our presence in key technology and financial centers in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Keith also helped set new standards for LGBT equality within the legal profession. He took unprecedented steps to expand the firm’s benefits coverage to include same-sex partners, and he also introduced health care tax offsets to employees and lawyers in same-sex domestic partnerships.
Now in its second year, Business of Pride recognized companies and leaders who have paved the way for LGBT equality. More than 450 business professionals attended this year’s award ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco.
View Keith’s video profile.