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Lesli Harris is on Gambit's 40 Under 40 List

Lesli Harris is on Gambit's 2014 "40 Under 40" list.  The list includes individuals who have contributed to innovations, new developments, social improvements, scientific breakthroughs and artistic achievements in the New Orleans area.  Below is the profile on Lesli, and the entire article can be found here.

Lesli D. Harris
Attorney, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.

Lesli Harris uses her legal skills to fight for same-sex marriage rights in Louisiana.  When she's not working for LGBTQ rights, she's helping the growing local entrepreneurial community thrive.

As one of the lead attorneys representing Forum for Equality in Louisiana, Harris filed a lawsuit challenging Louisiana's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages that are performed legally outside of the state.  The lawsuit charges that Louisiana's refusal to recognize those marriages denies individuals equal protection and due process as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. 

"I think as a lawyer it's right to fight for people who are discriminated against on a daily basis," Harris says.  "I have a lot of friends who are gay and lesbian, and they're being stripped of their rights.  Justice requires a recognition of same-sex marriage."

To help entrepreneurs, Harris recently helped launch Stone Pigman's CornerStone Program, which provides startups and individuals with low-cost legal services to protect new ventures.  She is also lead author of the Fashion & Entertainment Law Guide blog and co-chair of the New Orleans Bar Association's Entertainment, Intellectual Property and Technology Law Committee. 

Book currently readingNatchez Burning by Greg Iles

Favorite Twitter account to follow:  @nytimes

Favorite local band:  Trombone Shorty

Favorite restaurant:  Marcello's Restaurant & Wine Bar

What do you do in your off time?  Hang out with friends, have cocktails and decorate my house.

Dancing or karaoke?  Dancing

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