By Melanie Nathan, February 27, 2013.


A team of Bingham McCutchen lawyers today filed on behalf of 278 businesses, cities, and other employers and employer organizations an amicus brief in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court case concerning the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The brief, a copy of which is attached, argues from the point of view of the employer that the law’s prohibition of federal recognition of lawful marriages between same-sex spouses creates a variety of hardships in the employer’s effort to administer tax, benefits and other HR matters, and in efforts to foster workplace morale.

Last year, the firm filed similar briefs in challenges to DOMA in the First and Ninth Circuit courts of appeals, in Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, Case Nos. 10-2204, 10-2207, 10-2214, (1st Cir.), and Golinski v. Office of Personnel Management, Case Nos. 12-15388 & 12-15409 (9th Cir.).

Partner Sabin Willett (Boston) and associate John Polito (San Francisco) led the team in drafting the Windsor brief. The Bingham team also included partners Beth Boland (Boston), Mary Huser (Silicon Valley), Susan Baker Manning (Washington, D.C.), and Ray Marshall (San Francisco), and associates Derek Care (New York), Meg Bailey (San Francisco), Jared Craft (Boston), Monica Hernandez (Silicon Valley), Bryce Woolley (Santa Monica), and Katherine Moskop (Boston).

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Here is the List:

Amici curiae are the following businesses: Addis Creson
Adobe Systems Inc.
Aetna Inc.

Aggregate Supply
Akamai Technologies, Inc.
Alaska Air Group, Inc.
Alaska Airlines
Alcoa Inc.
Alere Inc., Inc.
American International Group, Inc. (AIG) Ameristar Casinos, Inc.
Apple Inc.
AppNexus Inc.
ARC Design
Artify, Inc.
Avanade Inc.
A|X Armani Exchange, LLC
Bain & Company, Inc.
The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

(BNY Mellon) Bankers Trust Co. Big Duck Studio, Inc. Bigelow Villa LLC Biogen Idec, Inc. BlackRock, Inc.
Blu Homes, Inc.


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc. Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation Borrego Solar Systems Inc.
Boston Community Capital, Inc.

The Boston Foundation
Boston Medical Center Corporation
Boston Scientific Corporation
The Bridgespan Group
Broadcom Corporation
Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Car Toys, Inc.
CBS Corporation
Central Physical Therapy and Fitness, Inc. Chang Consulting
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Citigroup Inc.
City Catering Company
City Lites Neon, Inc.
Clean Yield Asset Management
Commune Hotels & Resorts
Conlin Properties, Inc.
The Corcoran Group Inc.
Crazy Misfits Pet Services
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc.
David Kosar Insurance Agency
Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation DesignWorlds for Learning, Inc.
Deutsche Bank AG
Diageo North America, Inc.
Distinguished Gay Men
DML Insurance Services, Inc.
Dry Creek Vineyard
DRY Soda Co.


Eastern Bank Corporation eBay Inc.
Eldercare Consulting Electronic Arts Inc.

EMC Corporation EnduringHydro, LLC Ernst & Young LLP Exelon Corporation Facebook, Inc. Firefly Creative Co. 500 BC, Inc.

Flanery CPA
The Forward Motion Group, LLC Full Court Press Communications Gammelgården, LLC Gardenworks Inc.
Geolo Capital, Inc.
Gilt Groupe Holdings, Inc.
Go Factory, LLC
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Google Inc.
Grossman Marketing Group Group Health Cooperative Hafner Vineyard
Harrell Remodeling
Holdredge Wines
Homeward Pet Adoption Center Horizon Air Industries, Inc.
ID Financial, LLC
Inspirato, LLC
Integrated Archive Systems, Inc. Intel Corporation
Intuit Inc.


Jackson Hole Group LLC
James D. Wood, DDS Family Dental Care
Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
JetBlue Airways Corporation
The Jim Henson Company
Johnson & Johnson
Jo-Lynn Otto Photography
JTracz Designs LLC
Kemp Goldberg Partners
Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC Kinzer Real Estate
Kollmar Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
Kotzan Chiropractic
Laparoscopic Institute for Gynecologic Oncology Larson Marketing & Communications LLC Levi Strauss & Co.
Liberty Mutual Group Inc.
Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge Trust, LLC
M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, Inc. Marriott International, Inc.
Mars, Incorporated
Marsh & McLennan Companies
Massachusetts Association of Health Plans Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. Mattson
The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
McKinstry Co.
Microsoft Corporation
Moody’s Corporation
Morgan Stanley
Mosaic Financial Partners, Inc.
MultiPlan, Inc.
Neumann Capital Management, LLC
New York Life Insurance Company


NewZoom, Inc.
NIKE, Inc.
The Ogilvy Group, Inc.
The Olivia Companies, LLC
1 Source Consulting Solutions
Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Oracle America, Inc.
Orbitz Worldwide
Partners HealthCare System, Inc.
Paul’s Draperies, Inc.
Pfizer Inc.
Pierson Labs
Planet Fitness
Precision Door Service
The PrintingWorks
Prior Construction
Pro-Tec Data, Inc.
ProTrials Research, Inc.
Puma Spring Vineyards
Qualcomm Incorporated
Ray Holley Communications
Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
Reproductive Science Center of New England,

P .C.
Resource Systems Group, Inc. (RSG)
Rising Tide Brewing Company
RLL Consulting & Advocacy, LLC
Rocket Science Associates
Rural Communications Service Corporation, Inc.
Seabold International Services LLC
Seattle Hospitality Group LLC
The Seattle Lesbian, LLC
Shawmut Design and Construction


Silicon Valley Progressive Faith Community Sing Out Louise! Productions
Smith & Quinn LLC
Solutions Wealth Management, LLC

Starbucks Corporation
State Street Corporation
Stone Way Eateries, LLC
Stonyfield Farm, Inc.
Stuffed Cakes, LLC
Sun Life Financial (U.S.) Services Company, Inc.
Taber Food Services, Inc.
Thomson Reuters
Total Awareness Accounting Services
Total Home Improvement Inc.
Transparent Language, Inc.
Twitter, Inc.
206 Inc.
U.S. Balloon Co.
The Ultimate Software Group, Inc.
Unigo LLC
VCB Consulting & Accounting Services
Velsch Unlimited LLC
Verity Credit Union
Viacom Inc.
VitalSource Staffing, LLC
Vulcan Inc.
W/S Development Associates LLC
Walt Disney Company
Wasserman Media Group
Windows Management Experts, Inc.
Witeck Communications, Inc.


Law and professional firms:
A.L. Nella & Company, LLP, CPAs
Axcel Law Partners LLP
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Burns & Levinson LLP
Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C.
DLK Law Group, P.C.
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Farella Braun + Martel, LLP
Fenwick & West LLP
Goulston & Storrs, P.C.
Grippo & Elden LLC
Heath-Newton LLP
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Integrity Law Group
Jennifer Brown Consulting
Jonathan L. Bowman, Attorney at Law, PS Kazan, McClain, Satterley, Lyons, Greenwood &

Oberman, PLC
Keker & Van Nest LLP
Lafayette & Kumagai LLP
Law Office of Lisa E. Schuchman
The Law Office of Susan K. Fuller, PLLC Law Offices of Cynthia F. Buhr PLLC Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Xerox Corporation Zynga Inc.


Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Mona Smith PLLC
Nixon Peabody LLP
Peabody & Arnold LLP
Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Public Interest Law Group, PLLC Ropes & Gray LLP

Russell & Olson, LLP
Salera Consulting
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Skellenger Bender, P.S.

Spectra Law PS
Valdez Noor Todd & Doyle LLP Venable LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Professional, trade, and civic organizations: American Benefits Council
Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities Golden Gate Restaurant Association

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Greater San Diego Business Association Greater Seattle Business Association
Long Beach Community Business Network Massachusetts Teachers Association

The National Fire Protection Association, Inc. National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Portland Area Business Association


Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce StartOut

and Cities, Counties and the United States Confer- ence of Mayors:

The City of Baltimore, Maryland
The City of Bangor, Maine
The City of Boston, Massachusetts The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts The City of Hartford, Connecticut

The City of Healdsburg, California
The City of Los Angeles, California
The City of New York, New York, and the Council

of the City of New York, New York
The City of Northampton, Massachusetts
The City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire
The City of Providence, Rhode Island
The City and County of San Francisco, California The City of Santa Monica, California
The City of Seattle, Washington
The City of West Hollywood, California
The County of King, Washington
The County of Santa Clara, California
The United States Conference of Mayors3

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