Gibbons P.C. has earned a ranking of 50th nationwide in The American Lawyer’s annual pro bono survey. As reported in the publication’s July 2016 edition, Gibbons attorneys logged 14,379 hours – an average of more than 70 hours per lawyer – with 45% of the firm’s attorneys providing more than 20 hours of pro bono work in 2015. This is the third year the firm has ranked in the top 50 on this survey, scoring above many larger Am Law 200 firms.
The firm’s pro bono platform comprises a long-term pro bono endowment along with a traditional pro bono program. Through the John J. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest & Constitutional Law, two Fellows handle matters of cutting-edge legal importance and broad significance in such areas as civil liberties, marriage equality, and post-conviction criminal defense work. Meanwhile, the firm’s traditional pro bono outreach focuses on serving the communities in which we have offices, as well as on a few key areas that reflect our legacy and values, including homeless and tenants’ rights advocacy, prisoners’ rights and advocacy for asylum seekers, support for first responders, and support for society’s most under-represented.
“Doing Good While Doing Well is something we pride ourselves on at the firm” says Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons. “Pro bono work is integral to the Gibbons culture and we will continue to support the community through volunteer legal service.”
The American Lawyer rankings are based on the firms’ pro bono hours billed by attorneys in their U.S. offices as of December 31, 2015. The publication defines pro bono work as “legal services donated to organizations or individuals that could not otherwise afford them.” They do not include work done by paralegals or summer associates, nor time spent on bar association work, on non-legal work for charities, or on boards of nonprofit organizations.
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A description of the selection process methodology for the awards referenced is available at gibbonslaw.com/awards/.