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.
Law360 | January 24, 2022
This article on three key law firm priorities for the year quotes Director of Pro Bono & Social Impact Sharmaine Heng in a section on “making a social impact,” highlighting her recent move to NP and noting that our firm’s five-year Strategic Plan includes a core commitment to improve equity in our communities and create greater opportunity and access.
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | November 05, 2020
This roundup of recent honors mentions Providence Complex Commercial Disputes department attorney Justin Smith for being named a Kids in Need of Defense Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, noting that KIND honored the group of attorneys “for their pro bono work in providing legal services to refugee and immigrant children who come to the United States alone in search of safety.”
Law360 | June 17, 2020
This article, covering a federal judge’s order that immigration detainees at Strafford County (NH) Department of Corrections can challenge their living conditions amid COVID-19, quotes Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Nathan Warecki. The article also mentions the team of NP attorneys representing the detainees in the case: Litigation Department Head Scott O’Connell; Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader Dave Vicinanzo and associate Colin Missett; Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, and associates Marx Calderon and Michael Strauss.
New Hampshire Union Leader | May 15, 2020
This article, covering developments in the case of immigration detainees at Strafford County (N.H.) Department of Corrections, extensively quotes Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Nathan Warecki after the judge chastised Immigration and Customs Enforcement for not doing enough to identify medically vulnerable immigration detainees. On Friday, a staff member at the jail tested positive for COVID-19. Thus far, 14 civil immigration detainees have been released from the facility as a result of the class action lawsuit filed by Nixon Peabody, the ACLU and four regional law firms.
Bloomberg Law | February 25, 2020
This round-up of personnel moves in the legal industry features the selection of San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Matt Richards as Nixon Peabody’s new pro bono partner.
San Francisco Daily Journal | February 24, 2020
San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Matt Richards, who became the firm’s new pro bono partner on February 1, talks to the Daily Journal about his new role and the connections between pro bono and his day-to-day litigation practice.
The Recorder | February 21, 2020
The appointment of San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Matt Richards to pro bono partner is included in this roundup of notable executive news.
National Mortgage Professional | February 20, 2020
This article is about the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s decision to extend the public comment period regarding proposed changes to the Community Reinvestment Act, and it mentions Nixon Peabody for New York City Affordable Housing and Real Estate partner Tatiana Gutierrez’s pro bono work as part of the team helping the National Housing Conference develop a detailed response.
Chicago Lawyer | November 20, 2019
This story profiles Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners Seth Horvath, Tom Hecht and Tina Solis, who received an honor from the ACLU of Iowa for their years-long representation of two transgender clients who were denied Medicaid coverage for their gender-affirming surgeries.
The American Lawyer | June 26, 2019
Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this roundup of notable pro bono cases. The article highlights the victory that Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners Tom Hecht, Seth Horvath, and Tina Solis, with assistance from associate Bill Kirby and eDiscovery specialist Anders van Marter, won in Iowa Supreme Court in a matter involving Medicaid coverage of gender-affirming surgery for transgender individuals.
MassLive.com | May 31, 2019
This article mentions Nixon Peabody’s role in reuniting Angelica Gonzalez-Garcia, an undocumented mother from Guatemala, with her daughter after the pair were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border last year.