Understanding the Use of Personal Pronouns

We often make assumptions about gender based on an individual’s name or appearance. Sometimes these assumptions are incorrect and may even send a negative message that a person must look a certain way to demonstrate that person’s gender or identification. Indeed, someone who is intersex, transgender, nonbinary, or gender nonconforming may feel devalued when referred to with an inaccurate pronoun if that is not how that person wants to be known.

Using a person’s correct personal pronoun is a simple way to show respect.

Barton Gilman seeks to create an inclusive environment for our lawyers, staff, administrators, clients, fellow attorneys, and business partners. Our decision to offer all members of Barton Gilman the opportunity to designate their preferred pronouns is intended to demonstrate our commitment to treating everyone with respect and dignity.