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Pro Bono

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At Fish, we are committed to making pro bono work an integral part of our professional culture, and we strongly encourage all of our legal professionals to take on pro bono matters as a part of their professional lives. We back up this commitment by providing our attorneys with full hours credit for approved pro bono matters, and by assigning a principal-level attorney in each of our U.S. offices with the task of seeking out and publicizing local pro bono opportunities.

 

In 2019, Fish attorneys donated over 22,000 pro bono hours representing clients in need of legal representation. On average, Fish lawyers spend 54 hours a year on pro bono matters. Our efforts have resulted in significant and meaningful gains for our clients, from vacating the conviction of a man who served 25 years on death row for a crime he did not commit, to securing citizenship for immigrant children fleeing abuse and violence in their home country, to preserving intellectual property rights for income-qualifying artists, inventors, and non-profit organizations. At a time when funding for legal services and access to justice for low-income individuals are at an all-time low, the volunteer work done by Fish’s attorneys is critically important in providing access to justice.

Fish is guided by the Pro Bono Institute’s definition of pro bono legal work, which emphasizes the provision of legal services to persons and non-profit organizations with limited means, and the protection of important civil and public rights.


Pro Bono Partnerships

In order to reach clients in need of pro bono representation and to maximize the impact of our resources, Fish partners with highly regarded public interest and legal services organizations around the country.

We work with legal service providers in the areas of immigration/political asylum, death penalty representation, family law, and prisoners’ rights. We also collaborate with organizations to advise nonprofits, inner-city businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, and inventors, using our unparalleled intellectual property expertise and resources on their behalf.

Click here to view a list of our partners.

We also serve our communities in other ways; our legal staff serves on various non-profit and charity boards nationwide, and our local offices volunteer in myriad ways, such as organizing toy drives for needy families, participating in book drives for soldiers in Afghanistan, and raising money for natural disaster relief.

Pro Bono Contacts

Lawrence Kolodney - Litigation Attorney
Lawrence Kolodney
Principal, Litigation
Chair of Fish’s Pro Bono Program


Mia Friedman
Pro Bono Manager

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