Clayton D. Halunen Received Business of Pride Honor, Recognized for His Outstanding Commitment to LGBTQ Causes and Community
May 11th, 2018
Halunen Law is pleased to announce Clayton D. Halunen has been selected as a 2018 Business of Pride honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In its first year, this award recognizes outstanding LGBTQ business leaders, allies or advocates in the Twin Cities metro area who are making a difference in advancing equality in the business work and community, as well as demonstrating their success.
In the past 20 years, Halunen Law, founded and managed by Clayton Halunen has grown from 1 to 15 attorneys and is known as a powerhouse plaintiff’s firm. Under Halunen’s leadership, the firm has made a significant difference in advancing equality and access to justice. A fearless and successful litigator and negotiator, Halunen has focused his legal work on representing those who have experienced discrimination and retaliation in the workplace. The firm’s clients include many members of the LGBTQ community and those who support them. He has obtained millions of dollars for his clients including a million-dollar recovery for the first woman police lieutenant in Rochester, who challenged the racist treatment of another employee. His representation of Vikings punter, Chris Kluwe, during the team’s investigation of Kluwe’s allegations of homophobic comments by a Vikings coach, was instrumental in achieving a historic settlement advancing LGBTQ rights in professional sports.
As an openly gay business owner and attorney, Halunen has modeled the success that can be achieved by living an authentic life and pursuing meaningful goals with passion and purpose. A tireless advocate for LGBTQ issues, his civic engagement is unmatched. Halunen has been a Federal Club Member of the Human Rights Campaign since 2008, actively participated in the Project 515 Campaign from 2007-2014, which served as the cornerstone to the successful Marriage Equality Campaign, served on the Federal Bar Association Diversity Committee, is a frequent keynote speaker on legal issues, and much more.
“This is an incredible honor,“ said Clayton Halunen, Halunen Law Founder, and Managing Partner. “I’m truly grateful to be recognized alongside such an amazing group of fellow honorees. A big thanks to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal for bringing our advocacy and commitment to the LGBTQ community to the forefront with this inaugural Business of Pride Award.”
The Business of Pride Event will be held Thursday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.
Learn more about Clayton Halunen.