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PRO BONO

We push each other to ever-greater pro bono service.

NP partner Richa Naujoks and Wello CEO Cynthia Koenig share the story of their work and the impact it's had in rural India
NP partner Richa Naujoks and Wello CEO Cynthia Koenig share the story of their work and the impact it's had in rural India.

From representing international refugees fleeing persecution to helping low-income entrepreneurs launch a business, we give our time and skills to ensure equal access to justice. In fact, we have a partner dedicated to connecting our lawyers to opportunities for pro bono service. As a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge©, Nixon Peabody has committed to spending more than 3% of our time on pro bono.

Our pro bono program has many touch points. We are involved with many societal issues ranging from reducing gun violence to preventing racial profiling and ensuring diversity in education. We partner with clients providing pro bono service, often serving side-by-side with them. We develop community-minded lawyers of the future by getting all of our summer associates involved in pro bono projects. And some of our attorneys tap their backgrounds and contacts in government to contribute pro bono service at the policy level—shaping legislation that addresses tomorrow’s challenges.

At Nixon Peabody, we give billable credit for pro bono work and recognize our lawyers’ achievements through an awards program and at evaluation time. We believe our time giving back is time well spent.

Nixon Peabody’s 2015 pro bono numbers

  • 45.5 average pro bono hours per lawyer
  • 3.2% of our billable time to pro bono
  • 29,739 attorney pro bono hours
  • 84% attorney participation in pro bono

Recent Recognition

  • Learning Rights Law Center Champion of Education Award (2016)
  • City & State’s The Responsible 100 Award (2015)
  • Lawyers Alliance Cornerstone Award (2015)
  • Accountability Counsel’s Partner-in-Justice Award (2015)
  • San Francisco Bar Justice & Diversity Center Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service (2015)
  • City & State’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Protecting the Rights of At-Risk Populations (2015)
  • Pro Bono Partnership Volunteer of the Year (2015)
  • New York’s Law, Consulting & Business Services Award (2015)
  • Louis J. Lefkowitz Pubic Service Award (2015)
  • Pro Bono Partnership Volunteer of the Year (2015)
  • Volunteer Legal Services Project NYSBA Attorney Emeritus Award (2014)
  • New York City Bar Justice Center Pro Bono Award (2014)
  • NHCLU’s Bill of Rights Award (2014)
  • LGBT Advocacy Award from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California (2014)
  • William E. McKnight Volunteer Service Award (2014)
  • NYSBA President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 7th District (2014)
  • Legal Services for Children Pro Bono Leadership Award (2014)
  • PAIR Outstanding Pro Bono Mentor Award (2014)
  • NHBA Distinguished Service to the Public Award (2014)
  • 70 NP lawyers honored as Empire State Counsel for pro bono service by the NYSBA (2014)
  • Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Corporate Partner Award (2013)
  • Rita Bourgeois Leadership Award (2013)
  • REACH Pro Bono Award (2013)
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Excellence in the Law Award for Pro Bono (2013)
  • CASA de Maryland Social Justice Award (2013)
  • Pro Bono Award, United States District Court for the Western District of New York State (2012)
  • Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award (2012)
  • Lawyers Alliance for New York Cornerstone Award (2012)
  • NYC Bar Association Jeremy G. Epstein Pro Bono Award (2012)
  • NYLJ “Lawyers Who Lead By Example” (2012)
  • LCAV Outstanding Pro Bono Contribution Award (2012)
  • Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Allegiance Award (2012)
  • Legal Counsel for the Elderly Pro Bono Award (2012)
  • WBASNY Hanna S Cohn Pro Bono Award (2012)
  • 2012 William E. McKnight Volunteer Service Award (2012)
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Excellence in Pro Bono Award (2012)
  • Center for Gender and Refugee Studies Pro Bono Award (2012)
  • Rochester’s 29th Annual Arts Award (2012)

Media Clips

  • Why Is the DEA Not Cooperating with This FOIA Request?
    Esquire | December 2, 2015
    A journalist looking to write a book on the former Chicago physician dubbed the “Pill Mill Doctor” is seeking thousands of pages of evidence about the trial from the DEA. Providence office managing partner Neal McNamara and the ACLU are advising the journalist.
  • Editorial: More Equal Justice in N.H..
    Valley News | November 12, 2015
    This editorial calls attention to the need for equal justice in New Hampshire and highlights the New Hampshire Campaign for Legal Services, a nonprofit seeking to supplement the resources available to the Legal Advice and Referral Center (LARC) and New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA). Manchester partner Gordon MacDonald, a representative of the Campaign for Legal Services, is featured.
  • Margination focuses on small Troy entrepreneurs
    Albany Times Union | October 24, 2015
    This article highlights Nixon Peabody’s pro bono support for a new nonprofit organization focused on developing business and creating job opportunities in low-income neighborhoods in the Albany area.
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  • Residents, state officials discuss cyanobacteria in Nippo Lake
    Foster's Daily Democrat | September 16, 2015
    This article notes meeting between NH state environmental officials and Barrington residents and stakeholders discussing what can be done about the ongoing cyanobacteria blooms in Nippo Lake which forced the lake to be closed. Manchester Commercial Litigation partner Kevin Fitzgerald is included and pictured in the story as the Nippo Lake Association’s pro bono counsel.
  • Family Promise Welcomes 3 Summit Residents to Board of Directors
    The Star-Ledger | July 26, 2015
    New York City partner and firmwide pro bono partner Stacey Slater is highlighted among the newest members of the Board of Directors of Family Promise, a national nonprofit headquartered in Summit, NJ, that helps homeless families.
  • Pro Bono Spotlight
    Daily Record | June 9, 2015
    Rochester Immigration and Private Clients senior counsel Patti Morrison is named on a list of attorneys on the May Honor Roll for her pro bono service.
  • Someone with Such Strong Character Stays with You
    OneJustice Blog | March 25, 2015
    Los Angeles Health Care associate Jennifer Cormano is featured in this Q&A discussing NP's pro bono involvement with the DIRECTV legal clinic.
  • Chelsea Housing Authority sues to recover lost cash
    Boston Globe | November 24, 2014
    Boston Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring partner Rick Pedone is quoted in this article discussing efforts to recover funds for the Chelsea Housing Authority, which suffered major financial loss under its former executive director. This is an ongoing pro bono matter for Rick and team.
  • Law Firms Double Down on Veterans Pro Bono
    Daily Journal | November 14, 2014
    Nixon Peabody is acknowledged by Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Veterans Project for the firm’s pro bono support in this feature story on local initiatives supporting Veterans.
  • Awards for Pro Bono Service
    New York Law Journal | October 23, 2014
    New York City Public Finance partner Liz Columbo is named among the attorneys recognized by the City Bar Justice Center with its sixth annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service.
  • People on the Move
    Boston Business Journal | June 12, 2014
    This news brief notes that Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Hannah Bornstein earned the 2014 Outstanding Pro Bono Mentor Award from the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR) for her pro bono commitment to representing asylum-seekers.
  • NH DMV wrong to deny "COPSLIE" license plate, supreme court rules
    Union Leader | May 8, 2014
    This article notes the pro bono work of Manchester Commercial Litigation associate Anthony Galdieri and Manchester Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group leader Dave Vicinanzo, who represented the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union in this free-speech matter in front of the New Hampshire Supreme Court involving a local man’s bid to obtain a vanity license plate.
  • Niagara County Transgender Woman Secures Name Change
    Buffalo News | May 6, 2014
    The pro bono work of Buffalo Commercial Litigation associate Lynnette Nogueras-Trummer was featured in this article about a transgender woman who was able to secure a name change after being unable to pay the court filing fee.
  • Closing Argument: Learning to Celebrate You
    USF Lawyer | May 1, 2014
    San Francisco associate Cameron Cloar authored this contributed column discussing the firm’s pro bono involvement in partnering with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California to protect the rights of a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club and its members at California’s Sultana High School.
  • Lawyers fight for disgraced housing chief's pension contributions
    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | May 1, 2014
    This article centers on Chelsea Housing Authority’s attempt (CHA) to secure the pension money of the former CHA executive director who pled guilty to fraud charges. Nixon Peabody provides pro bono representation to the CHA. One of NP’s attorneys who is working on this case, Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero, is quoted in the article.
  • Public defenders start pro bono appeals program
    Daily Record | March 17, 2014
    The new criminal appeals pro bono program at the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office is featured in this article. Rochester Commercial Litigation associate Brian Jacek is participating in the program.
  • Get a Lawyer Son, Get a Real Good (and Pro Bono) One
    Huffington Post | August 19, 2013

    The CEO of Impact Energies authored this column on the importance of legal support for emerging for-profit social enterprises. The column notes Impact Energies' experiences working with Nixon Peabody on a pro bono basis and specifically highlights working with New York City Securities counsel Dan McAvoy.

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