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.
  • 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.

  • September 14, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: Munger Tolles & Olson

    In the past year, Munger Tolles & Olson LLP protected the First Amendment rights of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, restored housing for homeless veterans and secured a law license for a Chinese lawyer who died in 1926, earning a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

  • September 11, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: Morrison & Foerster

    Morrison & Foerster LLP found itself thrust into the throes of multiple free advocacy cases featuring historic implications over the last year, including fights for marriage equality and abortion rights, earning a spot on Law360's list of top pro bono firms of 2015 for the sixth consecutive year.

  • September 10, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy

    The pro bono efforts of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP land it among Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2015 because its attorneys have taken on life-changing — and life-saving — matters, persuading appeals courts to overturn death sentences in two cases and helping ensure low-income New Yorkers with disabilities have greater access to government benefits.

  • September 9, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: McDermott Will & Emery

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP donated its legal might to underdogs battling federal and state attorneys over gender discrimination, deportation for a minor drug offense and continued imprisonment for a questionable murder conviction, earning the firm a place among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

  • September 8, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP scored wins in multiple high-impact cases across the country over the past year, including a Tenth Circuit reversal in favor of challengers to state-imposed voting requirements and a key decision backing same-sex marriage in the Seventh Circuit, earning the firm a place among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

  • September 4, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: Keker & Van Nest

    Keker & Van Nest LLP made its mark on the pro bono scene last year with sterling work on a slew of legal issues facing undocumented immigrants and also scored a major win to halt preemptive environmental litigation by Shell Gulf Oil of Mexico Inc., securing its place among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

  • September 3, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells LLP lawyers working pro bono didn’t shy from a sensitive whistleblower case with national security implications or from taking on a recalcitrant city bureaucracy on behalf of homeless families, winning both cases and landing among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

  • September 2, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: Gibson Dunn

    For reversing Voting Rights Act violations in a New York county, changing how government services after natural disasters are distributed to the disabled and representing numerous unaccompanied minors in deportation and asylum cases, Gibson Dunn has earned a spot among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

  • September 1, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: Dechert

    Thanks to a continued commitment to taking on myriad voting rights cases as well as a significant focus on landlord-tenant disputes and human trafficking matters, Dechert LLP has landed a spot on Law360's list of Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

  • August 31, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: Debevoise & Plimpton

    For winning approval of a nearly $13 million settlement for black and Hispanic sheet metal workers in discrimination litigation against their union and helping Muslim men who were wrongfully placed on the No Fly List to successfully fight the designation, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has earned a spot on Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

  • August 27, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: 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.