Kent Piacenti Named Among “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40”
Vinson & Elkins associate Kent Piacenti has been named one of the National LGBT Bar Association’s “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.” The list recognizes the country’s most accomplished young LGBT legal professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their fields and have demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality.
Piacenti is a strong advocate for LGBT diversity and equality within the legal industry and the community. He has published on the topics of marriage equality, anti-gay bullying in public schools, and issues LGBT people face under immigration and citizenship law. While attending the University of Virginia School of Law, he served as Vice President of the Lambda Law Alliance, a group focused on providing an academically and socially supportive network for LGBT people and their allies enrolled at the Law School. Today, he continues his community service work on the Dallas Leadership Committee of Lambda Legal and as a Board Member of the Turtle Creek Chorale, an internationally-recognized gay men’s chorus. Piacenti is also a prominent mentor to aspiring lawyers. Most recently, he coached a team from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law at the Williams Institute Moot Court, a national competition dedicated to LGBT and gender issues.
Piacenti’s practice at V&E focuses on complex commercial and appellate litigation, with an emphasis on issues of religious liberty and free speech. He also works on securities cases, matters involving financial institutions, and investigations by government agencies. Piacenti received his law degree in 2012 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Virginia Law Review, and his bachelor’s degree in 2003 from the University of California, Irvine, where he studied vocal performance. Following law school, Piacenti clerked for Judge Susan P. Graber of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations, promoting justice for the LGBT community in and through the legal profession.
Piacenti and the other honorees were presented the award at the National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair in Washington, D.C., on August 5, 2016.