Rankings: Pro Bono Firms of the Year

Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of the Year profiles the firms that had the biggest wins for clients in pro bono matters over the course of the year. Winning firms must also show a strong firmwide commitment to pro bono work.
  • August 27, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of The Year: Cleary Gottlieb

    From vacating a questionable death penalty conviction, to overturning a decades-old criminal law precedent in New York, to an all-out trial effort that landed a gay "conversion therapy" group in hot water over consumer fraud claims, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has earned a spot as one of Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

  • August 26, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: Chadbourne & Parke

    For its dedication to helping undocumented children navigate the complex and often scary world of immigration law, and for its forward-thinking defense of marriage equality for service members, Chadbourne & Parke LLP has earned its spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

  • August 25, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: Arnold & Porter

    Decades after Arnold & Porter LLP helped guarantee lawyers for indigent criminal defendants as part of Gideon v. Wainwright, the firm brought that decision's promise to bear against a Georgia court system infamous for “meet 'em and plead 'em” justice, placing it among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

  • August 24, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: Akin Gump

    In its work helping to hold the French national rail system accountable for transporting Jews during the Holocaust, advancing the arguments in favor of same-sex marriage, and helping immigrant women and children gain asylum, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has earned a spot among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

  • August 21, 2015

    Law360 Pro Bono All Stars Show Dedication To Helping Others

    A select group of law firms have demonstrated exceptionally stalwart commitment to pro bono work year after year, dedicating substantial resources over the past half-decade to impactful cases crucial to the public good, earning a spot on Law360’s 2015 list of Pro Bono All Stars.

  • August 21, 2015

    20 Firms Show How To Win Big And Do Good

    Twenty law firms showed the same passion for taking on hard cases and scoring victories in pro bono matters as they displayed for corporate clients over the past year, while also dedicating a large number of hours to those in need, earning them a spot among Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

  • October 27, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm of 2014: WilmerHale

    Building upon a deep tradition of advocacy on behalf of cash-strapped nonprofits and the poor, WilmerHale this year secured a ticket off death row for an intellectually disabled Florida man and helped gay and lesbian veterans win equal federal benefits for their spouses, earning the firm a place among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2014.

  • October 24, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Steptoe & Johnson

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s work this past year freed a man wrongfully imprisoned for murder for nearly 20 years and helped score a U.S. Supreme Court victory for opponents of Arizona’s strict voter ID laws, earning the firm a spot on Law360’s list of top pro bono firms of 2014.

  • October 23, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Sidley Austin

    Sidley Austin LLP’s devotion to securing justice for the wrongly convicted, advocacy on behalf of immigrants facing life-threatening political persecution and dedication to improving the lives of the world’s poorest farmers lands it a spot among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2014.

  • October 22, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Ropes & Gray

    Between fighting for low-income HIV patients’ right to receive due funding for health care and helping ensure troubled youths are given a fair shake, Ropes & Gray LLP attorneys devoted over 115,000 hours to free advocacy this past year, earning the firm a spot on Law360's list of top pro bono firms of 2014.

  • October 21, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Patterson Belknap

    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP notched another standout year in pro bono work, launching a class action to ensure New York City’s runaway and homeless youth are adequately sheltered and helping veterans secure the benefits they deserve, earning the firm a spot on Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2014.

  • October 20, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: O'Melveny & Myers

    Over the past year, O'Melveny & Myers LLP attorneys scored a big win for same-sex unions in Nevada and spearheaded a major voting rights case in Kansas, making good on the firm’s guiding commitment to tackling cutting-edge legal issues and earning it a spot on Law360’s roster of top pro bono firms of 2014.

  • October 17, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

    Thanks to its broad approach to pro bono work, offering counsel on matters far beyond litigation and representing clients across the globe, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has for a third consecutive year earned a spot on Law360’s list of top pro bono firms.

  • October 16, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Norton Rose Fulbright

    Norton Rose Fulbright attorneys have garnered impressive pro bono wins this past year, including securing the first ruling in the nation holding that transgender students must be permitted to use bathrooms that match their gender identity, earning the firm a spot on Law360’s list of top pro bono firms.

  • October 15, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Morrison & Foerster

    Morrison & Foerster LLP has landed a spot on Law 360’s Pro Bono Firms list each of the five years since it started publishing, but a new policy ensuring that every Morrison & Foerster attorney participates in such efforts has further boosted the firm's bona fides in pro bono work.

  • October 14, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: McDermott Will & Emery

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has scored several key wins for its pro bono clients in the past year, giving immigrants facing deportation more opportunity to argue their cases, helping to chart a new course for African-Americans vying for the America’s Cup, and securing itself a place among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2014.

  • October 10, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP allied with aggrieved minority groups and notched one civil rights victory after another over the past year, including a momentous win for same-sex marriage at the Seventh Circuit, scoring the BigLaw powerhouse a spot among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2014.

  • October 9, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Jenner & Block

    Jenner & Block LLP continued its dedication to pro bono work this year, with its attorneys devoting thousands of hours to an array of issues, from bringing electricity to East Africa to litigating housing cases that positively impact low-income tenants, garnering the firm a spot on Law360's list of top pro bono firms of 2014.

  • October 8, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Hughes Hubbard

    A pair of historic immigration victories for gay couples highlighted a banner year of service for Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, earning the firm a spot on Law360's list of top pro bono firms.

  • October 7, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn attorneys dedicated a substantial portion of their workload over the past year to a slew of advocacy-based litigation, tackling cases centering on human trafficking, government oversight and religious freedom issues, and securing the firm's status as one of Law360's top shops for pro bono work.

  • October 6, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Dechert

    Dechert LLP’s commitment to free advocacy has prompted it to tackle issues from a Wisconsin voter ID law opponents say threatens fundamental rights to cast a ballot to prosecutors’ use of rap lyrics in criminal trials, meriting the firm a spot among Law 360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2014.

  • October 3, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Debevoise & Plimpton

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has achieved several key pro bono victories in the last year, including getting a Guantanamo Bay detainee sent home to Sudan and helping two doctors get back their right to work in abortion clinics, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2014.

  • October 2, 2014

    Pro Bono Firms Of 2014: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP lawyers earned the firm a place on our annual list of pro bono standouts for their work behind some of the year's most pressing civil-rights litigation, including landmark challenges to New York City's stop-and-frisk policing and an Arizona county's targeting of Latino drivers under Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

  • October 1, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Chadbourne & Parke

    From obtaining long-overdue justice for a tortured Somali constitutional law professor to securing benefits rights for same-sex couples in the U.S. military, Chadbourne & Parke LLP has made several strides to continue its commitment to serving the community, earning it a place among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2014.

  • September 30, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Arnold & Porter

    Arnold & Porter LLP’s free advocacy last year spanned cases intensely personal — overturning a death penalty conviction — to nixing voter ID laws that opponents claimed threaten constitutional rights of millions, scoring wins that earned the firm a spot on Law 360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2014