Pro Bono

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.

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

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 2016 pro bono numbers

  • 45.5 average pro bono hours per lawyer
  • 3.2% of our billable time to pro bono
  • 33k+ attorney pro bono hours
  • 84% attorney participation in pro bono

Recent Recognition

  • Swords to Plowshares Bill Brockett Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award (2017)

  • CASA of New Hampshire Community Partner Award (2017)

  • Outstanding Provisions of Pro Bono legal services to Innovation High School Award (2017)

  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice Award (2017)

  • San Francisco Bar Association’s Justice and Diversity Center Outstanding Volunteer Award (2017)

  • NYSBA Empire State Counsel Law Firm Honoree (2017)

  • NYSBA Empire State Counsel Individual Attorney Honoree (2017)

  • The Daily Record Attorney of the Year, Leader in Law (2016)

  • Erie County Bar Association (ECBA) Volunteer Lawyers Project Champions for Justice (2016)
  • New Hampshire Bar Foundation Robert E, Kirby Award (2016)
  • 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)

Judge puts deportations of local Indonesians on hold

Portsmouth Herald | September 26, 2017

This article recaps a federal court decision to delay the deportation of dozens of Indonesian immigrants living in New Hampshire.  Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, associate Nate Warecki and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero are providing pro bono representation to these immigrants.

Wake up call: Uber close to hiring a top legal executive, reports say

Bloomberg Law: Big Law Business | September 18, 2017

This news roundup mentions the StartOut Growth Lab, an LGBT startup accelerator based in Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office.

Nixon Peabody's on-site incubator a boost for LGBT entrepreneurs

American Lawyer/National Law Journal/ | September 14, 2017

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor and IP counseling and transactions partner On Lu are quoted in this feature about the StartOut Growth Lab, an LGBT startup accelerator based in Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office.

Nixon Peabody brings back the sun in DC

The National Law Journal | August 27, 2017

This article features the Washington, DC office’s solar program and mentions partners Jeff Lesk and Herb Stevens, who manage grants for the firm’s nonprofit New Partners Community Solar Corp.

Hop on the Justice Bus: Next stop? Citizenship

NPR | August 27, 2017

Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy, partner Justin Thompson and associate Jessica Walker are quoted in this article about the Los Angeles office’s pro bono work with OneJustice’s Justice Bus to help low-income immigrant Green Card holders seeking U.S. citizenship.

Here's how businesses are welcoming nonprofits to share their space

San Francisco Business Times | July 20, 2017

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor is quoted extensively in this feature on the San Francisco office’s StartOut Growth Lab. The article highlights the program, the inspiration behind how it got started, and the synergies between Nixon Peabody and StartOut.

Rape changed her life—and New Hampshire law

New Hampshire Union Leader | May 13, 2017

This article is about Manchester government investigations and white collar defense partner and practice group leader Dave Vicinanzo’s pro bono client. Inspired by this case, Dave helped draft a bill, set to be signed into law, which changes how parental rights are terminated in situations when the pregnancy is a result of sexual assault.

Start Out partners with Nixon Peabody for first-ever diversity-focused law accelerator

Nibletz: The Voice of Startups Everywhere Else | April 26, 2017

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor is quoted in this article about the new StartOut Growth Lab in Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office.

Sky-high nonprofit Meet the man who steers Above the Clouds

Boston Business Journal | April 21, 2017

This profile features Boston labor and employment senior counsel Gary Oberstein and his nonprofit Above The Clouds which takes seriously ill, disabled, and other inner-city Boston children and teens facing adversity on small plane flights.

Wheelchair Superhero

NBC Boston & New England Cable News | January 27, 2017

This media clip highlights the Wheelchair Man book launch party hosted at the Nixon Peabody Boston office and features pro bono client, Mohammed Sayed (AKA Wheelchair Man). Boston IP counseling & transactions partner David Resnick and public company transactions associate Tevia Pollard helped Mohammed create his new non-profit RimPower.

Wheelchair Superhero

NBC Boston & New England Cable News | January 27, 2017

This media clip highlights the Wheelchair Man book launch party hosted at the Nixon Peabody Boston office and features pro bono client, Mohammed Sayed (AKA Wheelchair Man). Boston IP counseling & transactions partner David Resnick and public company transactions associate Tevia Pollard helped Mohammed create his new non-profit RimPower.

Nixon Peabody works out legal issues for Haitian nonprofit

Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal | December 27, 2016

This article is about Nixon Peabody’s pro bono work with nonprofit Team Tassy, which helps families in Haiti. Los Angeles public finance associate Jade Turner-Bond and IP counseling and transactions associate Sean Kim are quoted.

The sleigh is packed and ready for takeoff

Boston Globe | December 23, 2016

This article is about Globe Santa, a charitable program in Massachusetts that helps children in need during the holidays.  The story highlights Nixon Peabody’s $3,700 donation this year and includes Boston office managing partner Ruth Silman and practice assistant Pam DiBella who led the fundraising efforts.

Time again to reflect on good work legal community does

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | December 22, 2016

Nixon Peabody’s IP and corporate work for a pro bono client who was orphaned and paralyzed at a young age in Afghanistan is included in this collection of  pro bono cases on behalf of the Massachusetts community in 2016.

Victory as New York trans man granted legal name change at appeal

Pink News | December 20, 2016

Buffalo counsel Laurie Styka Bloom is mentioned in this article for her pro bono work on behalf of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) to help a transgender man obtain the right to legally change his name.

Amherst woman battling town to keep pig as pet

The Buffalo News | October 28, 2016

A pro bono case of Buffalo commercial litigation department attorney Lynnette Nogueras-Trummer is featured. Lynnette represents a Buffalo-area woman who is fighting to keep a micro pig as her house pet.

Beyond the billable: Pro bono spotlight: Nixon Peabody associates volunteer with PAIR project

BBA Week | October 13, 2016

This piece profiles Nixon Peabody’s pro bono work and highlights Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Hannah Bornstein and IP Litigation associate Troy Lieberman’s involvement with the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) project and why they’re both passionate about it.

‘Wheelchair Man’ tells a real-life superhero story

Boston Globe | October 07, 2016

Boston Intellectual Property partner David Resnick is mentioned in this article as legal counsel to Mohammad Sayed, a young inventor from Afghanistan who is developing adaptive products and a comic book series to inspire people with disabilities and to raise awareness in cultures that keep disabled individuals hidden from view. Boston Public Company Transactions associate Tevia Pollard and Labor & Employment associate Matt Frankel work with David on this pro bono matter.

Why Is the DEA Not Cooperating with This FOIA Request?

Esquire | December 02, 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.

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 09, 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.

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