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 24, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: WilmerHale

    WilmerHale has persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on prisoner rights in Texas, aided a victim of domestic violence as she battled a suit from her husband under an international treaty, and defeated a proposed screening process that would have left New York’s homeless out in the cold — earning the firm a place among Law360's top pro bono firms of the year.

  • September 20, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: Williams & Connolly

    Williams & Connolly LLP's record in pro bono efforts ranging from a U.S. Supreme Court case over the detention of a suspect during a police search to a lower-court dispute between a low-income family and a landlord has secured it a place among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2013.

  • September 19, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: Paul Weiss

    A once-in-a-lifetime U.S. Supreme Court triumph over the Defense of Marriage Act and an ongoing dispute with New York City policing tactics topped another banner year of free advocacy at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, landing the firm a spot on Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2013.

  • September 18, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: Paul Hastings

    Dedicating thousands of hours during the past year to help children who took refuge in the U.S., prisoners who were routinely and savagely beaten by guards, Holocaust survivors pursuing benefits from the German government and other causes has made Paul Hastings LLP one of Law360's Pro Bono Firms of the Year for the second year in a row.

  • September 17, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: Patterson Belknap

    From its yearslong fight to stop discrimination against disabled children in New Orleans public schools, to its work helping victims of Hurricane Sandy obtain much-needed aid, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP’s commitment to the disadvantaged has earned the firm a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2013.

  • September 16, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: Orrick Herrington

    From a rare focus on transactional matters to helping secure a U.S. Supreme Court decision significantly changing the copyright law landscape, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's diverse range of pro bono work over the past year has earned it a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2013.

  • September 13, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: O'Melveny & Myers

    O’Melveny & Myers LLP continued its long history of performing outstanding pro bono work over the past year, winning courtroom battles on behalf of foster parents and a charter school board, and spending long hours on initiatives for Haiti, women’s rights and gay rights, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2013.

  • September 12, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: Morrison & Foerster

    Whether fighting to defend reproductive rights, waging battle against crippling student loan debt or offering guidance in the wake of natural disasters, Morrison & Foerster LLP’s approach to off-the-clock advocacy as a fundamental part of the firm’s mission has earned it a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2013.

  • September 11, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: Kirkland & Ellis

    Through its broad pro bono program, Kirkland & Ellis LLP has in the last year helped curb police brutality in Puerto Rico, joined the fight against state voter identification laws, and blocked a Michigan law barring medical benefits for partners of gay and lesbian public employees, earning the firm a spot on Law 360's Pro Bono Firms of 2013.

  • September 10, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: Keker & Van Nest

    From exonerating a man wrongfully imprisoned for attempted murder to securing a sheriff's deputy's free speech right to send letters to the editor, Keker & Van Nest LLP's pro bono work has demonstrated a commitment to freedom that has earned the firm a place among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2013.

  • September 9, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: Jenner & Block

    An early milestone in Jenner & Block LLP's public service work was name partner Albert Jenner's win in a seminal death penalty case before the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1960s, still echoing through recent pro bono wins including the reversal of a death sentence in a Georgia case spotlighting its juror selection process, which landed the firm among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2013.

  • September 6, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: Gibson Dunn

    As part of a continued effort to ramp up pro bono work, Gibson Dunn attorneys have recently helped reform notoriously violent Los Angeles County jails and strengthened a partnership with public defenders in Virginia, landing the firm among Law360's top pro bono firms again this year.

  • September 5, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: Norton Rose Fulbright

    Norton Rose Fulbright helped two Texas inmates escape death row over botched psychological tests last year, efforts that could change how intellectual disability testing is applied in capital cases and have earned the firm a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2013.

  • September 4, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: Fried Frank

    Through its sprawling pro bono practice, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP has tackled politically charged cases addressing issues such as immigration policy and public health care, and fought battles to ensure basic civil rights for everyday citizens, landing the firm a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2013.

  • September 3, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: Debevoise & Plimpton

    In the last year, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has achieved several key pro bono victories, including a landmark win in a case that has redefined how prosecutors apply anti-terrorism laws and several wins in its representation of women prisoners seeking to end sexual abuse by guards, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2013.

  • August 30, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP has spearheaded the fight against government-sanctioned discrimination in the past year by snagging crucial wins declaring racially discriminatory two law enforcement policies in New York and Arizona, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2013.

  • August 29, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm of 2013: Cleary Gottlieb

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP spent last year attempting to challenge New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy, exposed a massive backlog in the Bronx criminal court system and fought against a company touting controversial gay conversion therapy, earning a place among Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2013.

  • August 28, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: Bingham McCutchen

    From fighting for marriage equality in one of the most high-profile cases of the year to harnessing transactional skill to provide microfinance loans to the developing world, the attorneys at Bingham McCutchen LLP have earned themselves a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2013.

  • August 27, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm of 2013: Arnold & Porter

    From fighting through emotionally wrenching hurdles to secure medical treatment for mentally ill patients in Colorado's Administrative Maximum Facility, or Supermax prison, to spearheading lawsuits over voting rights, Arnold & Porter LLP's attorneys have burnished a reputation for fighting for those who can't fight for themselves.

  • August 26, 2013

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2013: Akin Gump

    Helping victims of political violence start a new life in the U.S., fighting for Holocaust victims, winning on behalf of religious groups trying to feed the poor — all are in a day's pro bono work for the attorneys of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, which has earned the firm a place among Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2013.

  • August 23, 2013

    Law360 Picks 2013 Pro Bono Winners

    Stagnant revenue, shrinking associate ranks and other ills of the U.S. legal industry didn't weaken the commitment of 20 outstanding law firms to providing free legal services over the past year, earning them a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2013.

  • September 17, 2012

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2012: WilmerHale

    WilmerHale's continued dedication to service, highlighted by its partnership with the Massachusetts attorney general that defeated the Defense of Marriage Act in the First Circuit, as well as its work to pass legislation aimed at curbing sexual assault within the Peace Corps, earned the firm a spot on Law360's top pro bono firms of the year.

  • September 14, 2012

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2012: Willkie Farr

    From assisting a Sierra Leonean man wrongly accused of drug trafficking to ensuring a fair congressional redistricting process in New York, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's extensive work with underrepresented clients of late has landed it a spot on Law360's list of top pro bono firms of 2012.

  • September 13, 2012

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2012: White & Case

    Whether it's winning $500 million for low-income schoolkids or just making sure a store clerk isn't wrongly convicted of stealing $500 from the cash register, attorneys from White & Case LLP earned a spot on Law360's list of top pro bono firms by providing a voice to those who often can't be heard.

  • September 12, 2012

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2012: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's record of assisting political and religious refugees in their efforts to gain American citizenship and helping death row inmates who received ineffective representation obtain lesser sentences, among many other pro bono projects, has earned the firm a place among Law360's pro bono firms of the year.