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.
  • October 7, 2016

    Pro Bono Firms Of 2016: Skadden Arps

    A year of victories, including freeing a man from a wrongful rape and murder conviction after 33 years in prison and securing compensation for Signal International’s trafficked shipyard laborers, has landed Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP a spot among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • October 6, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP attorneys spent 20 years advocating for a death row inmate before getting his conviction vacated in November and were instrumental in expanding girls’ access to sports in three California schools, helping the firm secure a spot as one of Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • October 5, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Ropes & Gray

    Ropes & Gray has helped persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage, secured the release of a man wrongfully convicted of rape and brokered a deal to help end inmate abuse at a New York City jail, landing it a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • October 4, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Munger Tolles & Olson

    Munger Tolles & Olson's attorneys averaged a whopping 160 hours apiece on pro bono work in the past year, triumphing against state governments in battles over lethal injection documents and Syrian refugee resettlement, to earn the firm a spot among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • October 3, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm of 2016: Morrison & Foerster

    Morrison & Foerster's long-standing commitment to pro bono work has now gone global, with its attorneys around the world making a contribution to cases including a challenge to the U.S. government's treatment of immigrant detainees, earning the firm a spot on Law 360's Pro Bono Firms of the Year list for the seventh straight time.

  • September 30, 2016

    Pro Bono Firms Of 2016: Kaye Scholer

    New York City homeless shelters now include interpreters for deaf residents and transgender people can more easily change their birth certificates thanks to Kaye Scholer LLP’s representation, earning it a spot among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 28, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Irell & Manella

    Thanks to the work of Irell & Manella LLP, a Los Angeles-area school district will recognize the impact of trauma on students' learning experiences and a former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs worker is getting nearly 10 times what the agency had previously offered to end his discrimination suit, putting the firm squarely among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 27, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Hughes Hubbard & Reed

    From securing exonerations for clients convicted of crimes on flimsy or nonexistent evidence to helping a young immigrant wade through what can be an overwhelming process for U.S. citizenship, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s extensive pro bono work makes it an undeniable member of Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 26, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Gibson Dunn

    From bringing home an Alabama state trooper who spent 15 years on death row after an unfair trial to international efforts like providing desperately needed legal assistance to British families and domestic violence victims, Gibson Dunn’s commitment to giving back cemented its spot among Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 23, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm of 2016: Foley Hoag

    Toppling age-old discriminatory practices has become something of a routine for attorneys at Foley Hoag LLP, which in the past year shut down the government’s bid to take checks from seniors in same-sex marriages, worked to open all military positions to women and helped immigrant students gain access to a Massachusetts college scholarship, landing it among Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of the Year.

  • September 22, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Dechert

    As state laws purporting to combat “voter fraud” pop up across the nation, Dechert LLP has been there to help smack them back down for improperly restricting voting rights, racking up a number of pro bono victories that also include freeing a Louisiana prisoner from 35 years in solitary confinement and landing the firm a spot among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 21, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Debevoise & Plimpton

    Victories scored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s pro bono program included a settlement and ongoing work on a workplace discrimination suit that affects hundreds of class members, and a pair of clemency petitions for nonviolent drug offenders that will have lasting individual effects, landing the firm a spot among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 20, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Covington & Burling

    From securing the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees to scoring victories for immigrant teachers and Guatemalan migrant forestry workers, Covington & Burling LLP has earned the distinction of being one of Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 19, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Cleary Gottlieb

    After a year of victories in cases that pitted individuals against the government, including settlements with immigration officials over a man’s wrongful imprisonment and a girl's injury from a botched sting operation, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has earned a spot on Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 16, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Chadbourne & Parke

    By expanding its resolute efforts to help undocumented immigrant children avoid deportation, to secure asylum for endangered migrants and to gain justice for a family torn apart by a Chilean war criminal, Chadbourne & Parke LLP has earned a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 15, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Caldwell Leslie & Proctor

    Caldwell Leslie & Proctor PC’s pro bono efforts over the last year have led to the removal of a Christian cross from the Los Angeles County seal and the release of a transgender woman detained for four years while fighting her removal to Mexico, landing the practice a spot among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 14, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Bancroft

    Bringing its top-tier appellate advocacy to a wide range of gratis work, headlined by U.S. Supreme Court cases such as a prominent dispute over the so-called contraceptive mandate, has earned Bancroft PLLC a spot as one of Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 13, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Arnold & Porter

    Arnold & Porter's defense of Planned Parenthood against illegal fetal-tissue sale allegations as well as its victories for an innocent man on death row and mentally ill defendants facing lengthy jail terms before trial are just three of the reasons the firm landed a place on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 12, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm of 2016: Akin Gump

    Lobbying for millions of dollars in childhood cancer research, fighting to hold Bolivian officials responsible for human rights violations and working to restore a deaf man’s dignity after he was wrongfully jailed for weeks have earned Akin Gump a spot as one of Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 9, 2016

    Law360 Names Pro Bono Firms Of The Year

    Twenty BigLaw firms have demonstrated their steadfast interest in the public interest by logging an impressive 120 hours of pro bono work per attorney on average during the past year and taking on some of the most consequential legal topics of our time without pay, earning them a spot among Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 21, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: WilmerHale

    WilmerHale’s death penalty victories this year underscored its longtime status as a pro bono standout, and the firm also successfully used a new California statute to enable nonviolent offenders to avoid life-altering “third strikes,” landing it on Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

  • September 18, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's pro bono efforts over the last year resulted in new protections for immigrant detainees with serious mental health issues and a federal judge's declaration that North Carolina's ban against same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, earning it a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

  • September 17, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: Robins Kaplan

    “Rewriting the odds” is a rallying cry at Robins Kaplan LLP, a trial law firm that extends the expertise it uses to obtain results for its business clients to also help get justice for the public good and people with less financial means.

  • September 16, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: Paul Hastings

    Paul Hastings LLP's pro bono efforts over the last year resulted in reforms to sheriffs' use of force in Los Angeles County jails and asylum for a Ukrainian man who allegedly received threats because of his sexual orientation, earning it a spot on Law360's list of top pro bono firms.

  • September 15, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: O'Melveny & Myers

    O’Melveny & Myers attorneys were among those who flocked to the White House for summits in 1962 and 1963 when former President John F. Kennedy called for legal action on the civil rights crisis, spawning a commitment the 130-year-old firm continues to honor today.