Finding a lawyer: lawyers who do pro bono work

Today’s New York Law Journal published a list of lawyers who have been honored by the Journal as Lawyers Who Lead by Example. Here’s the brief announcement covering the list:

Lawyers Who Lead by Example

The New York Law Journal announces the 2014 honorees for Lawyers Who Lead by Example in three categories: Lifetime Achievement, Public Service and Pro Bono

I’ve not copied the Lifetime Achievement or Public Service lists, because I don’t know how useful they’d be to readers of Sidebar.

But I do know how useful the Pro Bono list could be, since I am painfully aware that so many people who have been wronged can’t afford lawyers, and/or their potential cases are not logical contingency cases, i.e., personal injury, medical malpractice, etc. That is, cases which lawyers evaluate as worth pursuing without requiring legal fees and costs from their clients. In a contingency case, the lawyer is paid by a percentage − usually around 33-1/3 percent − of the settlement or award at the end of the legal process, and usually pays all costs of the process and gets reimbursed at the end of the case.

But the list that may be valuable to keen readers is the Pro Bono list. Of course, I don’t know what specialties these lawyers pursue, nor do I know how thrilled they’ll be to be cited here. Some of them work for major law firms, most of which do have pro bono departments, but from what I’ve heard are not eager to be approached directly by potential clients. They prefer to have clients recommended. By whom, I do not know.

(“Pro bono” stands for “pro bono publico,” which means “for the public good.”)

But what the hell. New York Law Journal published this list and here it is:

 PRO BONO: Attorneys with an outstanding record of providing crucial legal services to poor or nearly poor New Yorkers

Lenni Benson, professor, New York Law School
Marnie Berk, director of pro bono programs, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
John Giouroukakis, partner, Latham & Watkins
Caroline Heller, shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Mark Hoenig, partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
John Kiernan, partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
Steven Kolleeny, special counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Jennifer Kroman, director of pro bono practice, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Richard Mancino, partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Walfrido Martinez, managing partner, Hunton & Williams
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
David Sherman, associate, Katten Muchin Rosenman
Jerri Shick, pro bono counsel, O’Melveny & Myers
Arthur Siegel, member, Bond, Schoeneck & King
Ona Wang, partner, Baker & Hostetler

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