Gibbons P.C. has earned a nationwide ranking of 50th in The American Lawyer’s annual pro bono survey. As reported in the publication’s July 2017 edition, Gibbons attorneys logged 14,379 hours – an average of more than 67 hours per lawyer – with 50 percent of the firm’s attorneys providing more than 20 hours of pro bono work in 2016. This is the fourth 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.
“Pro bono work has long been central to the Gibbons culture, and we will continue to support the community through volunteer legal service,” says Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons.
The American Lawyer rankings are based on each law firm’s pro bono hours billed by attorneys in their U.S. offices as of December 31, 2016. 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.
About the John J. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest & Constitutional Law
Since 1990, the Gibbons Fellowship has taken on and litigated many of the most significant legal issues of our time. These cases, which have often presented cutting-edge issues of law and have almost always affected the lives of many in New Jersey and elsewhere, have resulted in a stream of honors for the firm and the Fellowship, which is recognized as a courageous advocate and a powerful voice for the underrepresented and the poor. The breadth of the Fellowship’s work, which spans a wide range of civil and criminal subject matters and includes matters at the trial and appellate levels, in state and federal courts, and through direct representation and amicus work, all combine to make the Gibbons Fellowship uniquely able to serve its clients and the courts, while also significantly impacting the law. The Fellowship’s impact has been and continues to be profound.
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