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

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 2014 pro bono numbers

  • 59 pro bono hours per attorney
  • 4.1% of billable hours spent on pro bono
  • 39,947 pro bono hours worked
  • 88% of attorneys did pro bono projects

Recent Recognition

  • Louis J. Lefkowitz Pubic Service Award (2015)
  • Pro Bono Partnership Volunteer of the Year (2014)
  • Volunteer Legal Services Project NYSBA Attorney Emeritus Award (2014)
  • New York City Bar Justice Center Pro Bono Award (2014)
  • LGBT Advocacy Award from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California (2014)
  • William E. McKnight Volunteer Service Award (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)
  • 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)
  • 60 NP lawyers were honored as Empire State Counsel for their pro bono service by the NYSBA (2012) (Awarded February 2013)

Media Clips

  • 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.
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  • 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.

  • Legacy of Service Marks Jack Berman Award Winners
    California Bar Journal | February 1, 2013

    Los Angeles patents partner Seth Levy is featured in this story highlighting previous winners of the Jack Berman Award of Achievement, which is presented to young lawyers who have shown an extraordinary commitment to pro bono service.

  • Demand for Legal Civil Service Swells
    Long Island Business News | January 25, 2013

    In this feature article focused on law firm pro bono service, pro bono partner Stacey Slater discusses the importance of pro bono service provided by our Long Island office attorneys.

  • Honor Roll
    Buffalo News | December 9, 2012

    This coverage notes that Buffalo Commercial Litigation partner Sheldon Smith received a Pro Bono Award at the 2012 Western District Federal Court Dinner for his work representing an inmate at Wende Correctional Facility, who alleged various claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Lawyers Alliance Honors Pro Bono
    New York Law Journal | November 16, 2012

    New York City Real Estate partner David Portal and New York Real Estate associate Joann Moolsintong are among the Lawyers Alliance for New York Cornerstone Award honorees presented in recognition of pro bono service to nonprofit groups.

  • Great Pro Bono Victory for Two Nixon Peabody Associates
    Boston Bar Association BBA Week | October 25, 2012

    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero and Boston Commercial Litigation associate Danielle McLaughlin are highlighted for their win of an appeal before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a pro bono client been barred from having his removal case reconsidered because he had already been deported to Honduras. This matter was handled in collaboration with Boston College’s Post Deportation Human Rights Project (PDHRP).

  • City Bar Recognizes Pro Bono Efforts
    New York Law Journal | October 25, 2012

    New York City Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring associate Chris Desiderio is among the honorees of the annual City Bar Justice Center Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service highlighted in this article.

  • Lawyers Who Lead By Example
    New York Law Journal | September 12, 2012

    Albany Commercial Litigation partner Dan Hurteau was recognized among “Lawyers Who Lead” by the New York Law Journal for “demonstrating the highest level of commitment to their profession and their communities, tapping their training, business acumen, creativity, and humanity to solve legal problems for those in need.”

  • Social Impact Bonds Generate Buzz in N.Y., Mass.
    The Bond Buyer | September 10, 2012

    This feature article highlights the use of social impact bonds in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and New York City. Boston Public Finance counsel Navjeet Bal, who is lead counsel to the Commonwealth, is quoted discussing the appeal and benefits of the program.

  • Pro Bono 2012: Power Player
    American Lawyer | August 27, 2012

    This article highlights the firm’s pro bono involvement with Impact Energies, a company that distributes clean energy products throughout Ghana by providing microfinance loans to locals. New York City securities associate Dan McAvoy, who led the firm’s efforts, is quoted in the piece, as is Washington, DC, Energy & Environmental partner Deborah DeMasi. The other members of the Nixon Peabody team highlighted in the article included partners Allan Cohen and Bill O’Brien and associates Carly Eisenberg, Susannah Keagle, Deirdre Nash, and Richa Naujoks.

  • Nixon Attorneys Write Amicus Brief for State Bar
    Daily Record | August 22, 2012

    Rochester partners Dave Schraver and David Tennant co-authored the amicus brief by the New York State Bar Association in Fisher v. University of Texas, et. al. The NYSBA brief argues that the government has a compelling interest in promoting diversity in the legal profession—something that cannot happen without meaningful diversity in the undergraduate pipeline.

  • 2012 Pro Bono Survey
    American Lawyer | July 1, 2012

    Nixon Peabody earns the 46th spot on this annual list of the nation’s 200 highest grossing firms by their pro bono score.

  • Nixon Peabody LLP Meets KenJiva’s IP Challenge
    The Law Project | April 12, 2012

    Chicago Patents counsel Wayne Tang is featured in this story discussing an intellectual property matter faced by the CEO of KenJiva Energy Systems, a startup energy management firm. Wayne provided legal counsel pro bono through the organization the Law Project.