From working the front lines of mortgage fraud prevention and workers' rights defenses to helping rewrite New York state legislation and local foster care procedures in the past year alone, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP's pro bono group has readily earned its place among Law 360's pro bono firms of the year.
When asked recently to sum up the philosophy behind Covington & Burling LLP's proactive pro bono program, partner Alan Pemberton, who chairs the firm's public service committee, had a ready answer: “For of those to whom much is given, much is required.”
From exonerating a death row inmate and advocating for human trafficking victims to helping a local laundromat with paperwork, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP donated its time to matters large and small in the past year, landing it a place on Law360’s list of the best pro bono firms of 2012.
Twenty exceptional law firms grappled with a sluggish legal market in the past year and still managed to devote an average of more than 100 hours per attorney to pro bono clients like innocent death row inmates and pensionless Holocaust survivors — work that earns them a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2012.
From helping refugees win asylum status to taking a death row inmate’s quest for post-conviction DNA testing to the U.S. Supreme Court, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's pro bono practice has scored significant victories in the past year, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2011.
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP helped convince the Obama administration to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this year — just one of several on-the-house wins that earned the firm a spot among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2011.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP's recent pro bono work has helped protect access to social services benefits, ensure the humane treatment of prisoners and enable legal immigrants to potentially stave off deportation over minor drug convictions, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2011.
Munger Tolles & Olson LLP provides its attorneys leeway to take on pro bono cases that are important to them and their communities, allowing the firm to overturn a California gang injunction and work toward saving a convicted murderer with poor representation from Louisiana's death row, earning a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2011.
Handling volunteer efforts with the same dedication as its paid representations, Morrison & Foerster LLP over the past year secured victories for veterans, advocates for the disabled and a wrongfully convicted prisoner, earning it a spot among Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2011.
Jenner & Block LLP's established history of pro bono work and the self-propelled commitment of its attorneys has allowed the firm to successfully take on cases fighting discrimination and human trafficking, landing it a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2011 list.
The recent merger that produced global powerhouse Hogan Lovells created a robust worldwide pro bono practice, and the firm has also recently racked up several impressive victories in the U.S. for wrongfully convicted individuals, earning it a spot on Law360's list of Pro Bono Firms of 2011.
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP consistently takes on some of the U.S.' biggest and most important pro bono cases, including a suit fighting human trafficking and a case that could preserve the right to vote for thousands, earning it honors as one of Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2011.
With a long-standing program dedicated to pro bono work, Arnold & Porter LLP has racked up high-profile victories for veterans' rights and historic preservation over the past year, earning it a spot on Law360's list of Pro Bono Firms of 2011.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP gives pro bono clients the same unstinting service as its powerhouse patrons, recently leading its attorneys to defend free speech and torture victims’ rights at the nation’s highest court, making it one of Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2011.
A rebounding legal market distracted some law firms from pro bono work this year, but 10 standouts took on a volunteer caseload that tackled some of the most pressing public issues of the day and racked up tens of thousands of attorney hours, earning them recognition as Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2011.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP offers attorneys an array of pro bono opportunities as well as the resources to produce outstanding results, which include a $1 billion settlement for the disabled and parole for one of the Norfolk Four sailors serving life sentences, making it one of Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2010.
With an approach that encourages attorneys working pro bono to take all the hours they need to win, Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP managed to score nearly $100 million for survivors of Minnesota's I-35W bridge collapse, but not a penny in fees, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2010 list.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP's culture of community service helped spur a groundbreaking win in a human trafficking case, humanitarian efforts in Haiti and an appellate victory in a long-running gay civil rights fight, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2010 list.
Morrison & Foerster LLP has made an impact in juvenile justice, educational rights and other areas by using an approach to pro bono that holds volunteer work to the same standards as billable work and encourages attorneys to pursue their passions, earning the firm a spot on Law360's list of Pro Bono Firms of 2010.
A pro bono philosophy that encourages dedication to an issue over accumulating hours helped spur Jenner & Block LLP attorneys to precedential victories in asylum and gay rights cases at the U.S. Supreme Court and district court level this year, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2010 list.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has posted some significant wins this year, from dismantling an unjust policing policy in Baltimore to ensuring a disabled Army veteran got a fair shot at a government job. And in both cases — as well as many others — the firm worked for free, earning Gibson Dunn a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2010 list.
Foley Hoag LLP's work on the Gill case, which successfully challenged one section of the Defense of Marriage Act in Massachusetts, and its decades-long and precedent-setting domestic violence efforts have landed the firm a place on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2010 list.
From high-profile efforts on behalf of the youngest of the Jena 6 to less heralded victories like securing asylum for a survivor of domestic abuse, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP's dedicated and personalized approach to its pro bono program has earned it a place on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2010 list.
At Dechert LLP, a “big tent philosophy” for pro bono work has led to major public interest accomplishments on the local, national and global level in the past year, earning the firm a spot on Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2010 list.
Many law firms pledge a strong commitment to public service nowadays, but only some stress pro bono work as a central tenet: clocking an impressive attorney participation rate while taking on challenging legal work to serve the public good. These firms treat pro bono work as a core value, and for that they have made Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2010 list.