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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Union Leader | May 08, 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.
Buffalo News | May 06, 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.
USF Lawyer | May 01, 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.
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | May 01, 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.