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 2017 pro bono numbers

  • 50 average pro bono hours per lawyer
  • 3.4% of our billable time to pro bono
  • 30k+ attorney pro bono hours
  • 89% attorney participation in pro bono

Recent Recognition

  • NYSBA President Pro Bono Service Awards, awarded to two attorneys (2018)

  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel Firm of the Year (2018)

  • Pro Bono Partnership’s Annual Volunteer of the Year (2018)

  • Her Justice 2018 Commitment to Justice Award (2018)

  • The Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco Outstanding Volunteer Award (2017)

  • Empire State Counsel Law Firm Honorees Pro Bono Award (2017)

  • LASNNY’s Distinguished Service Award (2017)

  • 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)

Chief Judge Lauds New York for Legal Representation of Low-Income People

New York Law Journal | January 25, 2018

Chief Judge of New York Janet DiFiore praised Nixon Peabody for its pro bono work helping people in low-income brackets at the annual meeting of the state bar association on Thursday.

For Judge These Immigrants in US are Like Jews Fleeing Nazis

Boston Globe | January 18, 2018

This front-page story recaps a federal court hearing for a group of Indonesian Christians seeking to reopen their immigration cases because they fear persecution back home. Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, Boston government investigations and white collar associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero, and Manchester commercial litigation associate Nate Warecki are representing this group pro bono.

Indonesian Case to Be Heard Wednesday

Foster’s Daily Democrat | January 15, 2018

The story previews a hearing in federal court in Boston about a group of Indonesian Christians living in New Hampshire who are attempting to delay deportation while they reopen their asylum claims.  Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, Boston government investigations and white collar associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero, and Manchester commercial litigation associate Nate Warecki are representing this group pro bono.

ICE: No cause to delay Indonesian deportations

Foster’s Daily Democrat | December 22, 2017

This article mentions Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane and associate Nate Warecki, and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero for representing the Indonesian immigrants facing possible deportation and covers recent developments in the ongoing case.

Nixon Peabody opens tech incubator for LGBTQ entrepreneurs

ABA Journal | December 01, 2017

This article features Nixon Peabody San Francisco office’s StartOut Growth Lab, an incubator for LGBTQ entrepreneurs. Office managing partner Tom Gaynor is quoted for launching the initiative.

Federal judge affirms right to halt Indonesian deportations

Seacoast Online | November 28, 2017

Manchester commercial litigation associate Nate Warecki talks about a favorable ruling in U.S. District Court on a pro bono matter that will ensure due process for 51 immigrants from Indonesia. Nate, along with Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero  teamed with the ACLU to represent the immigrants, who fled religious persecution in their home country but were threatened with deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

NH Indonesian community celebrates legal victory in deportation case

New Hampshire Union Leader | November 28, 2017

Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane and associate Nate Warecki, and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero were mentioned in this article on the 51 Indonesian immigrants who fled their home country due to religious persecution but faced possible deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Dover Indonesian detainee: ‘I am free now’

Foster’s Daily Democrat | November 02, 2017

This article on the release of Indonesian immigrant Terry Rombot, whom immigration officials detained over the summer in New Hampshire, mentions Nixon Peabody for representing the Indonesian immigrants in an ongoing class-action lawsuit.

At this unusual startup accelerator, being gay is a prerequisite 

San Jose Mercury News | October 30, 2017

In this article about StartOut Growth Lab, the first startup accelerator for LGBTQ entrepreneurs based in Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office, the firm is mentioned for its role in providing legal advice and office space.

Seth Neulight shining moment for a disabled veteran

Bloomberg BNA | October 26, 2017

This feature highlights San Francisco labor and employment partner Seth Neulight’s pro bono work with Swords to Plowshares, a nonprofit organization serving veterans in Northern California.

Trans student files motion to defend Frederick school policy

Washington Blade | October 23, 2017

This article mentions Washington DC commercial litigation attorneys John Hayes, Brian Whittaker and Ken Nichols for serving as counsel on the motion to intervene in a pending lawsuit against the Frederick County School Board and its policies to prevent discrimination against transgender students in the school system.

Sununu asks Trump to stop deportations

Foster’s Daily Democrat | October 22, 2017

Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, associate Nate Warecki and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero were mentioned in the following coverage for their pro bono class action case involving Indonesian Christians facing deportation.

ACLU takes legal action defending rights of Maryland transgender students

LGBT Weekly | October 20, 2017

This article mentions Washington DC commercial litigation attorneys John Hayes, Brian Whittaker and Kenneth Nichols for serving as counsel on the motion to intervene in a pending lawsuit against the Frederick County School Board and its policies to prevent discrimination against transgender students in the school system.

Hearing held to address concerns of Indonesian immigrants facing deportation

WMUR | October 20, 2017

Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, associate Nate Warecki and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero were quoted in the following coverage of Friday’s hearing regarding their pro bono class action case involving Indonesian Christians facing deportation.

Court battle continues for Indonesians

Foster’s Daily Democrat | October 20, 2017

Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, associate Nate Warecki and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero were quoted in the following coverage of a hearing regarding their pro bono class action case involving Indonesian Christians facing deportation.

Court battle continues for Indonesians

Foster’s Daily Democrat | October 20, 2017

Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, associate Nate Warecki and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero were quoted in the following coverage of a hearing regarding their pro bono class action case involving Indonesian Christians facing deportation.

Lawyer artist and mom Niki Black talks about Art of Lawyering fundraiser

Democrat & Chronicle | October 12, 2017

Rochester commercial litigation partner David Tennant, who is also chair of the Art of Lawyering fundraiser, is quoted in this article about the organization’s upcoming silent auction to benefit the Volunteer Legal Services Project, which provides pro bono legal assistance to those in need in Monroe County. The auction will include several art pieces donated by the legal community.

Sen. Shaheen questions Trump nominee on Indonesian immigration policy

Foster’s Daily Democrat | October 05, 2017

This article on Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Trump nominee to ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, includes the court win by Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, associate Nate Warecki and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero to delay the deportation of dozens of Indonesian immigrants.

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.

Suit filed to halt deportation of local Indonesians

Foster's Daily Democrat | September 26, 2017

This article is about Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, associate Nate Warecki and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero’s pro bono class action case involving Indonesian Christians facing deportation.

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, Law.com | September 14, 2017

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor and IP counseling and transactions partner On Lu are quoted in this feature article 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.

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