September 14, 2023 (Toronto, ON / Denver, CO) — You Can Play Project Board Chair, David Palumbo, was named to Canadian Lawyer's 2023 Top 25 Influential Lawyers list. This recognition honours lawyers for their efforts to influence public opinion, help shape the law, contribute to the strength and quality of legal services, or have an impact on the justice community or government. 

Palumbo was recognized for advocating and leading the charge on 2SLGBTQ+ issue globally to feel a true sense of inclusion and belonging in the practice of law and in key development areas in younger generations such as sports.

“On behalf of our entire organization, we want to congratulate David on this tremendous recognition. David’s leadership at the Board level, alongside his long history of support and work to improve the lives of 2SLGBTQ+ athletes, goes well beyond just lockerrooms. This recognition highlights that his influence and impact has been felt in many other sectors across Canada and well beyond its borders. We are proud of David and congratulate him on the well-deserved honour,” said Warren Zola, You Can Play Board Member.

Palumbo is a partner and chair of the Corporate Transactions Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's Toronto office. He is also a member of the firm’s North America Capital Markets Steering Committee and Global Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Committee. Palumbo has a corporate and capital markets practice with a focus on public and private financings and transactions by both public and private companies in sectors including healthcare and life sciences, tech, gaming, and natural resources/mining. He assists foreign companies in establishing themselves and doing business in Canada.

Palumbo has been a passionate and critical part of the You Can Play Project since 2014.

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The You Can Play Project works to ensure the safety and inclusion for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ+ athletes, coaches and fans. We achieve this by creating a community of allies that is able to foster a true sense of belonging. This becomes possible when sports teams sharpen the focus on the person’s skills, work ethic, and competitive spirit, not their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by developing a culture of respect, in every player, coach and fan.